baptism fire

baptism of fire

spiritual sanctification as a gift of the Holy Ghost.
the first time a soldier faces battle.
any severe ordeal that tests one's endurance.

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baptism of fire
1.  a soldier's first experience of battle
2.  any initiating ordeal or experience
3.  Christianity the penetration of the Holy Ghost into the human spirit to purify, consecrate, and strengthen it, as was believed to have occurred initially at Pentecost

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