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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 doubt ...


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The question was effective, because it highlighted the hypocrisy of the religious Jews in question. According to the Bible, John was sent from God, and they knew it. Their concern was how answering this question would affect their agenda. if we say, ‘From men,’ we are afraid of the multitude; for all hold that John was a prophet Denying John's God-...


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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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Luther clearly thought all relics were ridiculous nonsense and evidences of a very degraded sense of spiriituality.  “It is claimed that the head of St. John the Baptist is in Rome, although all histories show that the Saracens opened John’s grave and burned everything to powder. Yet the pope is not ashamed of his lies. So with reference to other relics ...


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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 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 put ...


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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 really ...


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Scripture doesn't say. However, what does it mean to "baptize in someone's name"? It means baptizing, having the authority of that person to do so. If we baptize in the name of Jesus, it is as though Jesus had baptized. John the baptist was son of a priest, so it is safe to assume that he had priestly authority from God to baptize. Thus he baptized in God'...


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In whose name was Jesus baptized? The baptism of John was for repentance. This was not as much an immersion in the name of a person but a public declaration of sorrow for sin and the change of thinking associated with repentance. Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of ...


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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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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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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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Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him. [Matthew 21 :31,32 KJV] There was ...


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What made Jesus question at Mt 21:25 so effective or was it a bad question because the Jews could not answer? Answer: The question was effective, considering: The context of the question (Matt 21 - 23), which is part of the narrative purpose of Matthew, i.e. Jesus's confrontation with the Religious Authorities of Jerusalem to expose their stubbornness and ...


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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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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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Note that she waited only for five months, not the full term. I'd speculate that perhaps her history of barrenness was full of miscarriages, and she wanted to be confident that she would carry this baby to term. Calvin offers two alternate possibilities as to why: There might be two reasons for the delay. Until this extraordinary work of God was manifest,...


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I wouldn't overthink this one, LukeoX. God obviously called John to be a prophet and a forerunner to His Son Jesus, the Christ (Luke 1:17). Consequently, in obedience to God's call John presented himself to the people as a witness, called by God to be a testimony to the Light. Put differently, John was a light to the people, and Jesus was the Light of the ...


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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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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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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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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 born ...


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Yes John the Baptist or John the Forerunner is a revered Saint: he is considered the last of the Old Testament saints that went before Christ. There are numerous examples of iconography Saint John the Baptist icon and even Orthodox churches with John as their patron saint e.g. St John the Baptist Church, a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church in Canberra, ...


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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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+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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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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