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The first thing I want to do is define this word ford. It is a shallow place with good footing where a river or stream may be crossed by wading. A ford is mostly a natural phenomenon, in contrast to a low water crossing, which is an artificial bridge that allows the crossing of a river or stream when water is low. So with lack of a better term it would be a ...


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Luke 1:36 describes Mary and Elizabeth as relatives (συγγενίς). The King James Version describes them as cousins, but most other translations simply say they were relatives. Given the ambiguity of the text, we can not say that Jesus and John were actually (second) cousins, but it appears from this that they were related and would have known each other. In ...


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+1 for a great question! I have not found any solid answer or doctrine of the church that refers to this. Perhaps in the Joseph Smith Papers you could find answers there www.josephsmithpapers.org, but I haven't searched there. What you say is true is for today. One has to be baptized before they receive the priesthood, but if you look in the Book of ...


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16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but there cometh he that is mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire: 17 whose fan is in his hand, thoroughly to cleanse his threshing-floor, and to gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff ...


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John's was a baptism of repentance. It was a cleaning of the body, according to the Law that commanded those who were unclean to "wash with water". This is not the same baptism as that in Christ since the Apostles baptized in the name of Christ those who had already received John's baptism in Acts 19.


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There is a difference between someone's worth, or nature, and their actions. Jesus, in himself, is the Most High God* and worthy of our worship, praise and adoration. Nothing can change that. John is quite correct to say that he is not worthy to untie his shoes. In his incarnation Jesus takes on the role of a servant. It's a job he does, and it doesn't in ...


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Luke 1:56 says that she stayed with Elizabeth for 3 months. We know for certain, then, that Mary was at least 3 months pregnant with Jesus. She went to Elizabeth when Elizabeth was in her 6th month of pregnancy (Luke 1:36; 1:39). The NIV says that Mary left immediately and stayed for 3 months. The trip from Nazareth to the town that Elizabeth lived in was a ...


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There is a document called the protoevangelium (prequel to the gospel) of St James, the earliest copy of which is said to be third century. This describes it in more detail. Chapter 22 verse 3 says But Elizabeth when she heard that they sought for John, took him and went up into the hill-country and looked about her where she should hide him: and there ...


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St. John the Baptist, in John 3:30, demonstrates his profound humility as the Precursor to Christ. Another example demonstrating St. John the Baptist's profound humility is Mt. 3:11: …he that shall come after me, is stronger then I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear… The Catholic Haydock Commentary has this to say about John 3:30: Ver. 30. He ...


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I do not believe that there are official statements on the subject of Matthew 11:11, at least not at the level of involving papal infallibility. Nevertheless, there are some Catholic writers and Doctors of the Church who have written on the subject of St. John the Baptist as being the greatest born of women, yet remaining the below the least in the kingdom ...


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I hadn't previously heard anything of this sort about James, but I'd like to explain the difference between the situations of Mary and John the Baptist. In the case of Mary, we (Catholics) know, because the Church has infallibly declared it, that Mary was conceived without original sin. As a consequence, of course, she was born sinless. In the case of ...


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What made repentance through baptism unique? Baptism existed prior to John in the conversion of someone to Judaism and in the ordination of priests. Calls for repentance had existed before John particularly before the Babylonian captivity. We have from the dead sea scrolls a picture of ascetics forming a religious community apart from what they considered ...


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This answer is based on the Christian theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), and his spiritual mode of interpreting the Bible. It represents the view on this subject of the "New Church" or "Swedenborgian" denominations that accept Swedenborg's theology. The question is based on Luke 3:16-17: John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with ...


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Ok, Luke goes the extent of not just introducing John but introduces his parents as well. This I think is very important as it implies the authority from which John himself might have received his ordination. Zechariah was a priest who got a specific word from God about his son John. In this way we can safely say that John had the role of publicly initiating ...


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As we read in Matthew 3:1-17, John's most important role was to announce the coming of Jesus and to baptise him, so if that was all there was to his life he could have died then and justified his existence. But John the Baptist had another purpose, which was to be fulfilled before he died. As the gospels note, John publicly criticised Herod Antipas for ...



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