JOHN THE BAPTIST
- PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY: To present the Biblical
facts about John the Baptist.
- SCRIPTURE READING: [Matthew
3:1-17] Note: [Matthew
3:3] "For this is he that was spoken of by
the prophet Esaias, saying, the voice of one crying in the wilderness,
prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."
(This was recorded in
- This verse states very clearly the work
of John: He was to introduce Christ to Israel.
- John was called "the Baptist"
because that was what his work was, to baptize many people
including Jesus. He was known "the Baptist"
NOT "a Baptist".
COMMENT: Many years ago (around 1929) in an area close
to Valdosta, GA., and later in Jacksonville, FL. Few people
knew my dad by just his name Julius, but when they put with
that what he did everyone knew who they were talking about.
Dad was an auto mechanic and was known as "Julius the
- Johns baptism was one of immersion.
- His over-all work was to prepare the way
for the Lord.
- JOHNS BAPTISM WAS A BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE:
- Baptism has always been for the remission
1:4 "John did baptize in the wilderness,
and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of
3:3 "And he came into all the country about
Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission
2:38 "Then Peter said unto them, repent,
and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of
the Holy Ghost."
- There was a difference in the baptism of
John and his disciples and that of Jesus and His disciples.
- Johns baptism looked forward to
the price Christ would pay for our sins by
His death on the cross.
- The baptism of Christs disciples
looked back to the price Christ had paid.
- Jesus had not paid the price for the
sins of man while John was baptizing.
NOTE: Herod the tetrarch had John beheaded at the
urging of Herodias and Jesus was told of Johns death
by his disciples [Matthew
14:10-12 "And he sent, and beheaded
John in the prison. And his head was brought in a charger,
and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.
And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried
it, and went and told Jesus."
A closer look at the differences between
Johns baptism and that of Jesus:
9:22-26 "And almost all things are
by the law purged with blood: and without shedding
of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary
that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified
with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better
sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered
into the holy places with hands, which are the figures
of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in
the presence of God for us: nor yet that he should offer
himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy
place every year with blood of others; for then must he
often have suffered since the foundation of the world:
but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared
to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself."
Peter 1:18-19 "Forasmuch as ye know
that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as
silver and gold, from your vain conversation received
by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious
blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without
- Apollos after Christ death was still
using Johns baptism. Acts
18:24-28 ""And a certain Jew named
Apollos, born at Alexandria, and eloquent man, and
mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was
instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in
the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of
the Lord. knowing only the baptism of John. And he
began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila
and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded
unto him the way of God more perfectly. And when he
was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting
the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped
them much which had believed through grace: For he mightily
convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures
that Jesus was Christ.
- Twelve men that were found in Ephesus,
by the Apostle Paul had been baptized with Johns baptism
after the death of Christ, and were commanded to be baptized
in the name of Jesus.
NOTE: The valid period of Johns baptism had ended.
19:1-7 "And it came to pass, that, while
Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper
coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, he
said unto them. Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye
believed? And they said unto him, we have not so much as
heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto
them, unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, unto
Johns baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized
with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people,
that they should believe on him which should come after
him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they
were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when
Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on
them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all
the men were a bout twelve."
- NOTE: The Holy Ghost given
by Paul through the laying on of his hands was the various
gifts recorded in I Corinthians chapter 12. The gift of
the Holy Ghost given to all that are baptized according
to the Word of God, is the gift of eternal life. [See
John 6:63 and
II Corinthians 3:6.]
- The difference:
3:6 "And were baptized on him
in Jordan, confessing their sins."
This tells us that those baptized by John in the Jordan
did so confessing their sins. Mark
1:5 "And there went out unto him all
the land of Judea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all
baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing
- The baptism of Jesus (after His death)
was confessing Jesus to be the Son of God.
Acts 8:26-38, concerning the Ethiopian eunuch
and Philip.] Acts
8:36-38 "And as they went on their
way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch
said, see, here is water, what doth hinder me to be baptized?
And Philip said, if thou believest with all thine heart,
thou mayest. And he answer and said, I believe that
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the
chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the
water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him."
- There is yet another difference in
that under Johns baptism, those baptized were not
baptized in the name of any one. Yet under Christs
baptism, He told His disciples to baptized in the name
of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Matthew
28:19-20 "Go ye therefore, and teach
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the
- The baptism of John was not to last very
3:30 "He must increase, but I must decrease."
3:11 "I indeed baptize you with water unto
repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I,
whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with
the Holy Ghost, and with fire."
- JOHN BAPTIZES JESUS WHY?
- Those baptized by John confessed their
sins - Jesus was without sin. Hebrews
4:14-16 "Seeing then that we have a great
high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the
Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have
not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling
of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as
we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly
unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find
grace to help in time of need."
- Why then was Jesus baptized? Lets
let Jesus Himself answer the question: Matthew
3:13-15 "Then cometh Jesus from Galilee
to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad
him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest
thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, suffer it
to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.
Then he suffered him."
- The answer "to fulfill all
- Jesus was baptized in obedience to His
- The psalmist David wrote Psalms
119:172 "All thy commandments are righteousness."
- John writes in I
John 2:29 "If ye know that he is righteous,
ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is
born of him."
- Baptism is one of the commands [Matthew
- Jesus was Gods Son, but he was
also a man What kind of example would He be to us,
if He was not baptized. When we are to follow his example.
Peter 2:21 "For even hereunto were ye
called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us
an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did no
sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:"
- Jesus was baptized to obey His Father
in righteousness and God was well pleased with Jesus, for
God said at Christs baptism, Matthew
This is my beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased."
- Luke records in Luke
7:29-30 "And all the people heard him,
and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with
the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected
the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized
- Will you too reject the counsel (commandments)
- Baptism has always been in obedience
to Gods Commandment. Jesus was not baptized for
the remission of sins, nor because of the remission of
sins. He was baptized to fulfill the commandment of God.
- WHERE THE APOSTLES BAPTIZED?
1:35-37] "Again the next day after
John stood, and two of his disciples: and looking upon Jesus
as he walked, he saith, behold the Lamb of God! And the two
disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus"
1: 40] "One of the two which head John speak,
and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peters brother."
- Two of the Lords disciples were baptized
under Johns baptism, as were probably the others as
- The probable baptism of all the apostles
was part of the preparation for the coming kingdom
Corinthians 12:28 "And God hath set some
in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly
teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps,
governments, diversities of tongues."
4:1-2 "When therefore the Lord knew how
the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more
disciples than John, (though Jesus himself baptized not, but
fact that Jesus disciples baptized, while Johns
baptism was valid, his baptism was used. It would be safe to
conclude that all of the apostles were baptized.
JOHN THE BAPTIST ESTABLISHED NO CHURCH --
NOR WAS HE EVER A PART OF [MEMBER OF] THE LORDS CHURCH.
14:10 "And he sent, and beheaded John in
the prison." John was put to death before the
Church was established on Pentecost in Acts chapter two.
- Jesus said, sometime after the death of
John the Baptist, while speaking of the church yet in the
future tense. Matthew
16:18 "And I say also unto thee, that thou
art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church;
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
- Just previous to the above statement, Christ
said in Matthew
11:11 "Verily I say unto you, Among them
that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than
John the Baptist: not withstanding he that is least in the
kingdom of heaven is greater than he."
- JOHN BAPTISM WAS AUTHORIZED BUT FOR A SHORT
DURATION OF TIME.
- JOHN WAS "THE BAPTIST" DESCRIBING
HIS WORK; NOT "A BAPTIST".
- JOHN NEVER ESTABLISHED A CHURCH -- NOR WAS
HE EVER A PART OF ONE.
- JOHN PREPARED THE WAY FOR THE LORD -- JESUS
- JESUS PREPARED THE WAY FOR US IN BEING BAPTIZED
OF JOHN TO FULFILL ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
- WILL YOU BE BAPTIZED TO FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE
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