The Holy Spirit in John the Baptist

The first mention of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament is in connection with John the Baptist – Luke 1: 5-6:-

In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.

And in Luke 1:15 an angel appeared to Zechariah:

For he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.

John the Baptist in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, preached the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins and great multitudes flocked to hear him preaching and to receive his baptism.

Matthew 3:10-12:-

Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

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 1:7-8:-

And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.

I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.

 

Luke 3: 9, 16, 17

Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

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. 

As John was baptising people with water, he openly confessed that there was someone who would come after him who was far more powerful than he was and who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

When John saw Jesus coming towards him, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” and he testified that Jesus was the one who would baptise with the Holy Spirit.

When we become Christians, it’s the Holy Spirit working within us that changes us and helps us to become holy people.

He will give us the strength and power to overcome the things in our lives that need to be changed and to break down any barriers, to enable us to become more like the person God wants us to be.

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 is preaching to a mixed multitude composed of those who would accept his teaching and baptism, and of those who would accept neither.

Many of the former would become disciples of Jesus and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit to qualify them to take up the work of Jesus and carry it on until the church would be established and the gospel fully revealed to men.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit, which was purely supernatural, was necessary to qualify them for this work.

With many peaceful and loving blessings

Geoffrey

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