Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The following is John's testimony of Jesus being the promised "Lamb of God" and "Son of God". John identified Jesus as the Lamb of God, just as God had prophesied 700 years earlier through Isaiah: " He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth." ( Isaiah 53:7 NASB) John did not know what that meant for Jesus. God used John to testify of Jesus, even though John had the expectation of the ruling Messiah who would free Israel from Rome. John testified that Jesus was the Messiah because he saw the Spirit descending on Jesus (1:33) and not that John's expectations of deliverance from Rome were in some measure fulfilled. Jesus is yet to come to judge and rule, but John witnessed the suffering Messiah as accurately prophesied by Isaiah about Jesus' trial and crucifixion. When John identified Jesus as the Son of God, he meant to convey with "Son" that Jesus was from God and was in the likeness of God. Many people had and still have trouble believing that. To address that problem, it is fundamental to know that God is not at all like fallen men. He is not like the people that have done wrong, wounded, abused, and destroyed others. God is distinct or holy and separate from everything people know. How can people relate to God if he is that holy? Well, that is why Jesus Christ came into the world as a human being. This, on the other hand, brought again a challenge with it. Now people just saw the human part of Jesus Christ. They could not see beyond Jesus the human. So God announced Jesus Christ through many prophets in the old testament, so that when he'd come, people would see that what was promised was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. John gives a weighty testimony about Jesus and later Jesus even confirmed this many times because He was accused of blasphemy in trying to make himself like God. Eventually, His claim to be the Son of God was the reason for why he was declared guilty and punished to be put to death. The accusers tried hard but could not find any wrong deed - He has done no wrong, nor could He have done any wrong because God cannot do anything wrong. Unlike every other human being that has ever lived on planet earth. John baptized or immersed people in the water. Now, Jesus immersed people in the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit was after Jesus ascension and happened on the Jewish Feast of Weeks. It was an event that drew devoted Jews from all nations together to Jerusalem. Luke recorded the baptism of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:2-4 " And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. " The result of the baptism of the Holy Spirit was quite remarkable! People of different languages were able to communicate with the apostles. Peter, who denied the Lord only weeks before, preached boldly Jesus Christ crucified and 3000 souls confessed to being sinners and received the forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ. And all this just in one Day! A parallel could be drawn to Jesus conversation with Nicodemus in John 3. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is like to be born of the Spirit. A soul that is born of the Spirit is a whole new created spiritual person that relates to God as His child, and not anymore as His enemy. It seems that some dear Christians are a little confused in regard to the baptism of the Spirit. Some are still on the search for a greater blessing, but they have already received all blessings with the Spirit in Christ when they became to know Him.
Main point summary
John the Baptist identifies based on inspired old testament scripture that Jesus Christ is the promised "Lamb of God" and "Son of God" who would baptize with the Holy Spirit.
The next day
The next day he * saw Jesus coming to him and * said, “Behold, a the Lamb of God who b takes away the sin of the world!
Am nächsten Tag kam Jesus zu Johannes. Als dieser ihn kommen sah, rief er: »Seht, hier ist das Opferlamm Gottes, das die Sünde der ganzen Welt wegnimmt!
John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,
“Behold! The Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world!
This is He of whom I said,
This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘ a After me comes a Man who 1 has a higher rank than I, b for He existed before me.’
Er ist es, von dem ich sagte: ›Nach mir kommt einer, der größer ist als ich, denn er war schon vor mir da.‹
comes a Man who is preferred before me,
for He was before me.’
I did not know Him ;
I did not recognize 1 Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing 2 in water.”
Auch ich kannte ihn nicht. Aber weil Israel erkennen soll, wer er ist, bin ich gekommen und taufe mit Wasser.«
but that He should be revealed to Israel,
therefore I came baptizing with water.”
And John bore witness, saying,
John a testified saying, “ b I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him.
Weiter bezeugte Johannes: »Ich sah den Geist ´Gottes` wie eine Taube vom Himmel herabkommen und auf ihm bleiben.
“I saw the Spirit descending
like a dove,
and He remained
upon Him .
I did not know Him ,
I did not recognize 1 Him, but He who sent me to baptize 2 in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, a this is the One who baptizes 2 in the Holy Spirit.’
Ich kannte ihn bis dahin nicht; aber der, der mich gesandt und mir den Auftrag gegeben hat, mit Wasser zu taufen, hatte zu mir gesagt: ›Der, auf den du den Geist herabkommen siehst und auf dem er bleiben wird, der ist es, der mit dem Heiligen Geist tauft.‹
but He who sent me
to baptize with water
said to me,
‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending,
and remaining on Him ,
this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit .’
And I have seen and testified
I myself have seen, and have testified that this is a the Son of God.”
Das habe ich nun mit eigenen Augen gesehen, und darum bezeuge ich, dass dieser Mann der Sohn Gottes ist.«
that this is the Son of God .”
Lamb of God
Parallel verses to "Lamb of God" V. 29c What did John mean when he referred to Jesus as the Lamb of God? Is 53:7; He being and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth. (Isaiah 53:7 NASB) John 1:36; and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36 NASB) Acts 8:32; Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:“He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He does not open His mouth. (Acts 8:32 NASB) 1 Pet 1:19; but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. (1 Peter 1:19 NASB) Rev 5:6, 8, 12f; And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. (Revelation 5:6 NASB) When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (Revelation 5:8 NASB) saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” (Revelation 5:12 NASB) 6:1 Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” (Revelation 6:1 NASB)
Son of God
John 1:34 NASB 34 I myself have seen, and have testified that this is a the Son of God .” SBL 34 κἀγὼ ἑώρακα, καὶ μεμαρτύρηκα ὅτι οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ ^ ἐκλεκτὸς τοῦ θεοῦ. U John 1:49 NASB 49 Nathanael answered Him, “ a Rabbi, You are b the Son of God ; You are the c King of Israel.” SBL 49 ἀπεκρίθη // αὐτῷ Ναθαναήλ \\ · Ῥαββί, σὺ εἶ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ, σὺ // βασιλεὺς εἶ \\ τοῦ Ἰσραήλ. U John 3:18 NASB 18 a He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of b the 1 only begotten Son of God . SBL 18 ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν οὐ κρίνεται· ὁ ^ δὲ μὴ πιστεύων ἤδη κέκριται, ὅτι μὴ πεπίστευκεν εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ μονογενοῦς υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ. U John 5:25 NASB 25 Truly, truly, I say to you, a an hour is coming and now is, when b the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God , and those who c hear will live. SBL 25 Ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ἔρχεται ὥρα καὶ νῦν ἐστιν ὅτε οἱ νεκροὶ ^ ἀκούσουσιν τῆς φωνῆς τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ οἱ ἀκούσαντες ^ ζήσουσιν. U John 10:36 NASB 36 do you say of Him, whom the Father a sanctified and b sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘ c I am the Son of God’ ? SBL 36 ὃν ὁ πατὴρ ἡγίασεν καὶ ἀπέστειλεν εἰς τὸν κόσμον ὑμεῖς λέγετε ὅτι Βλασφημεῖς, ὅτι εἶπον· Υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ εἰμι; U John 11:4 NASB 4 But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for a the glory of God , so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” SBL 4 ἀκούσας δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν· Αὕτη ἡ ἀσθένεια οὐκ ἔστιν πρὸς θάνατον ἀλλ’ ὑπὲρ τῆς δόξης τοῦ θεοῦ ἵνα δοξασθῇ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ δι’ αὐτῆς. U John 11:27 NASB 27 She * said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are 1 a the Christ, the Son of God , even 2 b He who comes into the world.” SBL 27 λέγει αὐτῷ· Ναί, κύριε· ἐγὼ πεπίστευκα ὅτι σὺ εἶ ὁ χριστὸς ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ ὁ εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἐρχόμενος. U John 19:7 NASB 7 The Jews answered him, “ a We have a law, and by that law He ought to die because He b made Himself out to be the Son of God .” SBL 7 ἀπεκρίθησαν αὐτῷ οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι· Ἡμεῖς νόμον ἔχομεν, καὶ κατὰ τὸν ^ νόμον ὀφείλει ἀποθανεῖν, ὅτι // υἱὸν θεοῦ ἑαυτὸν \\ ἐποίησεν. U John 20:31 NASB 31 but these have been written a so that you may believe that Jesus is 1 the Christ, b the Son of God ; and that c believing you may have life in His name. SBL 31 ταῦτα δὲ γέγραπται ἵνα ^ πιστεύητε ὅτι Ἰησοῦς ἐστιν ὁ χριστὸς ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ θεοῦ, καὶ ἵνα πιστεύοντες ζωὴν ἔχητε ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι αὐτοῦ.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Parallel verses to the baptism with the Holy Spirit What does it mean to baptize with the Holy Spirit? “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:11 NASB) I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:8 NASB) John answered and said to them all, “As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Luke 3:16 NASB) for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” (Acts 1:5 NASB) And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. (Acts 2:3-4 NASB)