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8NOV23


⚔️🛡️BAPTISM🛡️⚔️


➡️Greek 907/908/909 •baptizō•baptisma•baptismos• “used only in ceremony of ablution, the ordinance of Christian baptism: - baptize, wash [clean/anew]


[1] John was born a priest [Luke 1:5,13]. According to the regulations of the law, he should have worn fine priestly garments, which was made of fine linen [Exodus 28:4,40-41; Leviticus 6:10; Ezekiel 44:17-18], and he should have eaten priestly food, which was composed mainly of fine flour and the meat of the sacrifices offered to God by His people [Leviticus 2:1-3,6:16-18,25-26,7:31-34]. However John did altogether differently. He wore a garment made of camels hair and a leather girdle, and he ate locusts and wild honey. All these things were uncivilized, uncultured, and not according to the “religious” regulations.

➡️For a priestly person to wear camels hair was an especially drastic blow to the “religious mind”, for the camel was considered unclean according to the Levitical regulations [Leviticus 11:4].

🔥🗝️In addition, John did not live in a civilized place, but in the wilderness [Luke 3:2], all this indicates that he had wholly abandoned, the Old Testament dispensation, which had degraded into a religion mixed with human culture. His intention was to introduce God’s new Testament economy, which is constituted solely of Jesus Christ and the Spirit of life.🔥


[2] The Pharisees were the strictest religious sect of the Jews [Acts 26:5]. This sect was formed about 200 B.C.

They were proud of their superior, religious, living devotion to God, and knowledge of the Scriptures.

➡️Actually, they had degraded into pretension and hypocrisy [Matthew 23:2-33].

[3] The Sadducees were another sect within Judaism [Acts 5:17]. They did not believe in the resurrection, in angels, or in spirits [Matthew 22:23; Acts 23:8].

➡️Both the Pharisees and Sadducees were denounced as blood vipers by John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus Christ [Matthew 3:7,12:34,23:33].


🔥➡️The Lord Jesus Christ warned AGAINST their doctrines [Matthew 16:6,12].

🗝️The Pharisees were considered Orthodox, whereas the Sadducees were the ancient modernists.🔥


[4] Matthew 3:9-10 has been fulfilled. God had cut off the Jews and had raised up the believing Gentiles to be descendants of Abraham in faith [Romans 11:15,19-20,22; Galatians 3:7,28-29].

➡️ John’s word in these verses clearly indicates that the kingdom of the heavens preached by him is constituted not of the children of Abraham by birth but of the children of Abraham by faith – It is a heavenly kingdom, not the earthly kingdom of the Messiah (Lord Jesus Christ).


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