John illustrates this submission to the Messiah with his statement about sandals: "the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.
He isn't in the same league as the Messiah. But the most striking comparison John makes between his ministry and the Messiah's is in terms of baptism. John had been known as "the Baptist. But even in terms of baptism, John says, the Messiah exceeds him. Our word "baptize" is a transliteration of the Greek word baptizo , which means "dip, immerse, submerge, baptize.
John was baptizing in the Jordan River, and probably assisted penitents by either dipping them into the water himself or perhaps by assisting them to dip themselves. Jesus did not annul this form of water baptism but continued it, having own disciples baptize believers in his name see Matthew ; Mark ; John , 26; ; Acts , The Early Church understood water baptism much as John the Baptist did, representing God's cleansing and the washing away of our sins Acts It is a baptism of repentance still, since by submitting to Christian baptism, a person either tacitly or explicitly acknowledges his need for cleansing, and therefore his sins that demand forgiveness and cleansing.
On the Day of Pentecost, Peter told his convicted hearers, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" Acts , tightly tying repentance to baptism as John the Baptist had done Luke The point of comparison between John the Baptist and the Messiah is in the medium in which or with which  the baptism takes place.
John immerses his disciples in water, while the Messiah will immerse his followers in the Holy Spirit. The biggest question in this passage is what it means to "baptize in the Holy Spirit. To flood a person with the Holy Spirit. Water is just a symbol of cleansing.
The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, is the actual agent of cleansing and empowerment. To study the meaning a bit further, let's look at two closely-related passages written by Luke, one at the end of Luke, the other early in Acts:. The "baptism of the Holy Spirit" involves being covered with, immersed in, empowered by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the very basis of our life in Christ and our connection to God. Jesus floods us with the Holy Spirit.
What a wonderful thought and promise! We have a special, short-lived group if you want to discuss it with me and others. Luke's Gospel connects the baptism of the Holy Spirit with a baptism of fire. John the Baptist says:. The process of preparing grain involved 1 threshing, that is, crushing, beating or thrashing the grain heads in order to loosen the grain kernels from the surrounding stems and husks; and 2 winnowing, using a kind of wooden pitch fork a winnowing fork to throw the threshed grain heads into the breeze, so the lighter chaff will blow downwind, and the heavier grain kernels will fall back to the ground, separating the two.
The floor would be "cleared" by threshing and then winnowing all the grain heads until the chaff and grain had been completely separated. The grain was then gathered into baskets and stored in the barn, but the remaining stems and husks piled together and set ablaze. Look with me at a couple of interesting words.
On the Day of Pentecost, Peter told his convicted hearers, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. HTML recommended Plain text. We try to keep these active and few in number, but they help us to continue to provide this service. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. Warned by Carr just in time, Evie runs, aided by the quietly protective hotel driver who secretly also harbors feelings for her. In fact, there is nothing spiritual about being psychic.
The second interesting word translated the "unquenchable" is Greek asbestos , a mineral supposed by the ancients to be inextinguishable when set on fire. So John is prophesying of Jesus that he will 1 flood his followers with the Holy Spirit, and 2 judge the unrighteous at the End of the Age.
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When Christ returns, he will come in judgment. The first time he came in mercy, but when he returns at the End of the Age it will be with final, terrible judgment. What should disciples learn from this?
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It is there that His conscience is satisfied. Forgiveness means that I am forgiven into a newly created relationship which identifies me with God in Christ. The miracle of redemption is that God turns me, the unholy one, into the standard of Himself, the Holy One.
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