JOHN THE BAPTIST. You might enjoy reading a little background on John the Baptist.
Mark 1:4-5; And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
Luke 3:16; John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
John 1:33; And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
John 1:29-33; The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
Luke 3:21-22; When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Matthew 3:16; As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
TESTIMONY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST:
32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.
33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE BAPTISMS OF JOHN AND JESUS
Acts 11:16; Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized withthe Holy Spirit.’
As you will see from the JOHN THE BAPTIST link, John was a very special person and was destined to proclaim the coming of Jesus.
John gave baptisms telling everyone to repent and announcing the coming of Jesus.
John eagerly promoted Jesus as the One who could take away the sin of the world and who was more powerful than him.
John knew ahead of time how he would recognize this Man he was promoting - that there would be a Man who when baptized, would have the Spirit of God descending like a dove onto Him. John then knew that this was the Man he had been promoting.
There was a significant difference between the baptisms.
John baptized with water and told people to 'repent of their sins'. which they did.
Jesus was baptizing with the Holy Spirit, which would indwell all of us and help us with life.
It is that way today.
I can't begin to tell you what a difference my baptism made to me. With some it is instant. With me it took patient years for the Holy Spirit to get through to me. I was too entrenched in my previous Godless (though successful and productive) life and all the 'human solutions' which I had gathered to myself as the reasons 'why'.
Now I sit here filled with the Spirit of God and I am so happy and complete - a completeness I never had during my former anxious business years.
I think to myself 'if only I would have known God - life would have been so different'.
I recommend you all get baptized anew. This time with the expectation of the Holy Spirit (helper), which Jesus promised in John 16:7;
NOTE: In the book God, Us, and Satan, there are so many more verses and pictures
on this subject.
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