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There is a subtle difference in the responses of Zacharias and Mary. Zacharias says, in Luke 1:18 (NASB) Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years.” Zacharias is essentially asking the angel, "How do I know I can trust you? Prove it." Furthermore, Zacharias's only basis of ...


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The notes in my Bible say: [11:3] The question probably expresses a doubt of the Baptist that Jesus is the one who is to come (cf. Mal 3:1) because his mission has not been one of fiery judgment as John had expected (Mt 3:2). So the timeline becomes: Jesus enters the scene. --> John proclaims that he is the Messiah. --> John Baptizes. --> John is ...


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It should be noted that the entire Jewish race began with a miraculous birth of an old man and woman who was "past the age of childbearing". Additionally, women who were barren became mothers through the provision of God--not only Sarah, but Rebekah and Rachel as well. Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, "Shall a child be ...


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When the angel came to Zechariah to announce the birth of John, he said that the child would be "filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. (Lk 1:15)" Also, Jesus said of John that "all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. (Mt 11:13)" It seems most reasonable to view him as a prophet like those of the OT, that he was commissioned ...


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The similarity between Elijah and John the Baptists is understood the same way by most Protestant Commentaries including John Wesley’s. This is understood to mean: With the same integrity, courage, austerity, and fervour, and the same power attending his word (John Wesley's Notes, Luke 1:17) However to understand this brief comment by Wesley one ...


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The fact that Zechariah had a negative consequence to his question while Mary did not tells us more about God than it does about the two individuals. For God does not judge whether a work or a question is a good work or a sin on the basis of the outward work or obvious question. Rather God is clear that He judges the heart as to the motivation. The ...


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Well, in the preceding verses, they were questioning Jesus about his authority. Jesus answered by asking them about John the Baptist's authority, to draw an analogy. So the obvious answer would be that they didn't believe John's testimony of Jesus: John 1:19-34 19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from ...


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I can think of a few reasons but there are probably much more.   First, as Jesus was not ordained by the existing authorities and seemed on the surface to take things in a different direction from the Old Testament, a forerunner which was prophesied to herald his coming, not only fulfills prophecies of Elijah's return but creates a smooth transition from ...


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I've read articles which interpret the word translated as "spirit" in Luke 1:17 to mean something like "motivational attitude" as in "team spirit." I don't think that is what Luke 1:17 means. Let's compare the language of Luke 1:17 with other scripture: Luke 1:17 - [Angelic messenger speaking to Zacharias] - And he (Gk. autos) shall be coming first in ...


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After thinking about this for some time, and pondering on people's answers/comments, I think the answer is more simple--in my opinion. If Jesus Christ, being holy, has need of baptism, then we definitely need it. He set the ultimate example, and if we are to follow Him we should also be baptized. Jesus Christ's example was one of never varying from the ...


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We too often consider the Divinity of Jesus and overlook his humanity. Jesus was and is a man, certainly he was no ordinary man. As a man his humanity would have the same desire to sin as does any other man. Jesus baptism was; as is ours, a signification of rejection of that nature in favor of the new Righteousness inherited at salvation. In short Jesus ...


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Although I cannot give you a definitive answer to your question, I will tell you what I have come to believe from my study of the Bible. It may have been God himself who decided to use the image of a dove in this case. At that time the heart of worship was the Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Bible written by Moses. these were supported by the ...


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I think the question Jesus asked them was about the source of John's baptism. Was it from heaven (God-given) or simply by human authority (from men). Obviously, the Pharisees did not believe that John's baptism came from God and therefore they did not believe him when he said that they needed to repent and be baptized. They might have simply shown up for ...


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From a Mormon (LDS) perspective: First of all, Christ was part god and part man, meaning He had control over His life, He could give it but no one could take it. But being part flesh, he was subject to temptations. James 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the ...


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Ray Vander Laan, That the World May Know Ministries founder, Faith Lessons video series creator, volume 11, session 2, "The Way of John the Baptist"; See it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbFARQTlfiA&list=PLFF19B5B720CA13E2&index=3. Also: http://proclaimthytruths.blogspot.com/2013/06/ray-vanderlaan-june-27-2013.html 'Zachariah was told that John ...


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Because the Word says "God sent him" (John 1:6) it must have been The Father by way of the Holy Spirit - God is One manifested in 3. At the time the Son was on earth, the Holy Spirit and The Father was still in heaven, until the baptism of Jesus when the Holy Spirit joined Him. Afterwards on the mount of transfiguration Jesus was seen together with Moses and ...


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The Baptism of John was calling sinners to repentance. It was unusual in that it was treating the Jews as Gentiles. Everyone was considered impure and needing washing at the door-step of the New Covenant: From wiki we get a clear definition of the Jewish Mikveh. It is correctly stated here that: Several biblical regulations specify that full immersion ...



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