Someone is said to go through “a baptism of fire” if they’re launched into a new job or a new situation in a very abrupt way. To change the metaphor, they’re thrown in at the deep end. So where does the original baptism of fire come from?
John the Baptist was a fiery preacher who was active right at the start of Jesus’ public ministry. He baptized people in the River Jordan, and famously predicted that someone even more fiery than him was about to arrive on the scene…
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The salt of the earth… on the straight and narrow… a baptism of fire… many everyday sayings started with Jesus. Here are 30 of them. We’ve gathered the best known modern sayings and included some notes on what they mean and where you can find them in the accounts of Jesus’ life.
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