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John the Baptist

Those who believe in Jesus have been baptized. Baptism means; 'to be washed, to be buried, to be immersed, to pass onto.' When Jesus was baptized, the righteousness of God was fulfilled. 'Righteousness is 'diaiosune' in Greek which means 'to be just' and it also means 'most proper, most fitting.' for Jesus to be baptized was for Him to become the saviour in the most fitting and proper manner. Therefore those who believe in Jesus recieve the gift of redemption from God by believing in His baptism and the cross, the water and the Spirit. In the New Testament, John the Baptist is the last high priest of the Old Testament.. Matthew11:10-11 the Scripture says that John the Baptist is the representative of mankind. And as the high Priest in the era of the New Testament, he passed all the sins of the world
onto Jesus;
thus ministering the high Priesthood of the Old Testament, Jesus had testified to John Himself. He said, in Matthew11:13... "For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to recieve it, he is Elijah who is to come." therefore John the Baptist, who baptized Jesus, was a descendant of the high priest Aaron and the last high Priest. The Bible also testified to John being a descendant of Aaron in the Old Testament. (luke1:5) (1Chronicles24:10) Then why did John live in the wilderness alone, dressed in camels hair? To assume the high Priesthood. And as the representative of mankind, John the Baptist could not live among people. so he cried out to the people "repent you brood of vipers!" and baptized them for the fruit of repentance, which returned people to Jesus, who would take away
all their sins.
Two Kinds 0f Baptism
John the Baptist baptized people and then Jesus. The first was "the baptism of repentance" Which called sinners back to God. Many people who heard the words of God through John abandoned their idols and returned to God. The second baptism was the baptism of Jesus, the baptism that passed all the sins of the world onto Jesus. John the Baptist baptized Jesus to fulfill the righteousness of God. Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist to save people from their
sins Matthew3:15. God had to let John baptize Jesus to pass all sin to Him so people who believed in Jesus could be saved. John the Baptist was the servant of God whose work was to help all men to be washed of their sins and he was the representative who testified to the Gospel of Redemption. To the eyes of God, all the people of Israel who worshipped Jehovah were corrupt. No one was righteousness before Him. The religious leaders of the temple, eg priests, lawyers and the scribes were especially corrupt. Israel and the priests did not offer sacrifice according to the law of God. It is recorded that the priests in the days of Malachi had abandoned the sacrifice, the laying on of hands and the offering of blood in the ritual. Therefore John the Baptist could not stay with them. So John went out to the wilderness and cried out.
What did he say? It is written in Mark1:2, in the words of the prophet Isaiah, "Behold, I send a messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before You. The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make His path straight" The voice in the wilderness cried out to people for the baptism of repentance. What is the 'baptism of repentance' the Bible talks about? It is the baptism which John the Baptist cried out for; the baptism calling people back to Jesus so they would believe in Jesus who would take away all their sins and be saved. The baptism of repentance was to lead them to Salvation. "Repent and be baptized, and Jesus will be baptized in the same way to take away all Your sins"the cry of John was that Jesus would take away all the sins of the world and be judged on the cross to save all
people so that they might come back to God. "I indeed baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." which means to wash away all our sins. Therefore we are to turn back from sin and believe in Him. Jesus is the lamb who takes away the sins of all people, And this is the Gospel of Redemption to which John the Baptist testified

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