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In the beginning of John's mission, he seemed to think that God was coming in wrath to judge the wicked: When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? ... Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good ...


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There was no dove at the baptism of Jesus. Read the scripture a bit more closely and you see that: Then John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending like a dove from heaven, and it remained on him." John 1:32 NET. It was the Holy Spirit which came down like a dove.


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When John was arrested suddenly he doubts Jesus as Messiah. In Matthew 11:2-11 "Are you really the Messiah we've been waiting for, or should we keep looking for someone else?" This doesn't make sense. How should I understand it? John was the last of the line of Old Testament prophets. Mat 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are ...


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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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Just to add to Flimzy's excellent answer. There are several instances in the Bible where the Holy Spirit is seen in a physical form. All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation, unless otherwise noted. Once in the Old Testament he is seen as a hand writing on the wall. Daniel 5:5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and ...


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For the most part, the tradition would not be to name a child after the father and so in 2 Chronicles you don't find boys named after their father's. Consider the Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. All additional examples that a son is not named after a father. However, sons may well be named after relatives (depending on the specific tradition ...


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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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My question here is how did they not believe him? What exactly did they do that showed that they did not believe him? Mat 3:7-9 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: ...


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The purpose of Jesus asking the question was not to ask what they did or did not believe about John's preaching, or even his affirmation of Jesus as the messiah. What Jesus was doing was; knowing that they were trying to hold on to their positions as determining what was or was not of God, he was publicly humbling them. In asking them if the Baptism of John ...



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