Episode 33: Understanding Baptism: Part A: John’s Baptism

DESCRIPTION: Jack begins the exploration of baptism, starting with John’s baptism. There seem to be four types of baptism discussed in the New Testament: John’s baptism, baptism into Jesus’ name, baptism of the Holy Spirit, and the metaphorical use of “baptism” by Jesus to describe the ordeal he was to undergo.

Scriptures Used in this Episode?

1 Timothy 4:16  Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Matthew 3:1  In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

Matthew 3:6  and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

Mark 1:4  John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Mark 1:5  And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

Luke 3:3  And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 3:7  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Luke 3:7  He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Matthew 3:11  I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Mark 1:8  I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Luke 3:16  John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Matthew 3:13  Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.

Mark 1:9  In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

Matthew 3:14  John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

Matthew 3:16  And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;

Luke 3:21  Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened,

Luke 3:12  Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”

Matthew 11:11  Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Matthew 11:12  From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.

Matthew 17:13  Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.

Luke 7:20  And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’ ”

Luke 7:29  (When all the people heard this, and the tax collectors too, they declared God just, having been baptized with the baptism of John, 30  but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.) …33  For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’

John 1:25  They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

John 1:26  John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know,

John 1:28  These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

John 1:31  I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.”

John 1:33  I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’

John 3:23 John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized

John 3:26  And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.”

John 10:40  He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained.

Acts 13:24  Before his coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

Acts 13:25

As John was completing his work, he said: ‘Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for. But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’

Acts 19:4  And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.”

Luke 7: 24 When John’s messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25 What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are dressed in splendid clothing and live in luxury are in kings’ courts. 26 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’  28 I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 29 (When all the people heard this, and the tax collectors too, they declared God just,  [δικαιόω / dik-ah-yo’-o]    having been baptized with the baptism of John, 30 but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.) 31 “To what then shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’  33 For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 Yet wisdom is justified [δικαιόω / dik-ah-yo’-o] by all her children.”

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