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Baptism Matthew Chapter 3

Posted by adventbiblestudy on May 6, 2013


Matthew 3:4 NLTse John’s clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey.

 

This shows what to expect when we follow Jesus. Not to use the attractions of the world to entice people, but to use what God has given us. Jesus never promised an easy life. Throughout history His prophets suffered along side the people they delivered messages to. Some were hated and persecuted for their message. God never changes, and the world that resists His message remains the same.

 

Matthew 3:5-6 NLTse People from Jerusalem and from all of Judea and all over the Jordan Valley went out to see and hear John. (6) And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.

 

What are the conditions of baptism? ” And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them.” When baptism was simple, people came from all around. The good news was spread the way it was intended, personal word of mouth. No fancy meetings. No lavish advertising schemes. John introduced the simple baptism and the ideal mothod of spreading the good news.

 

Matthew 3:8-9 NLTse Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. (9) Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones.

 

The confession must be real. Baptism was never intended to be a sign of joining any organization. Don’t say, “we are descendants of Abraham.” That means nothing. This covers all the future intents of man to baptize into organizations. Guided by the Holy Spirit, John warned against such practices.

 

Matthew 3:10 NLTse Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.

 

John’s message clearly indicates a new understanding of God for the world at that particular time. The ways of men are gone. Jesus came to teach the old ways…. worship that never changed. Jesus came to restore worship found in Eden before the fruit on the tree of good and evil was eaten. That tree is gone, the tree of life remains …. Jesus came to show us the path to the tree of life.

 

Matthew 3:11-12 NLTse “I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am–so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. (12) He is ready to separate the chaff from the wheat with his winnowing fork. Then he will clean up the threshing area, gathering the wheat into his barn but burning the chaff with never-ending fire.”

 

The conditions of baptism are repeated, “repent of their sins and turn to God.” The simple process and conditions are repeated to draw attention to the important points the author is trying to point out. Its not by accident the Pharisees and Sadducees came to question John’s baptism and John warned them of the consequences they face if they do not accept the New Covenant worship he is introducing. The Pharisees and Sadducees can only see a threat to their sacrificial system, their income. They refused to see the Messiah has arrived. They thought their substitute would last forever.

 

John also points out Jesus’ role as judge. Why? Baptism should never be confused with the role of judge. God new some people would distort baptism to mean more than it was intended. This is why God put it in writing.

 

Matthew 3:13-15 NLTse Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. (14) But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?” (15) But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.

 

Jesus came to teach a lesson by example. Jesus also came to introduce the New Covenant worship. John knows Jesus is the Messiah without sin and cannot understand why Jesus needed to be baptized. Jesus’ response was, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” This pointed John back to scripture. Once John understood, he baptized Jesus. What was Jesus referring to? “I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures:” Jesus not only pointed back to the scripture He quoted, but the message around that particular text.

 

Psalms 40:6-11 NLTse You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand– you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings. (7) Then I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures: (8) I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.” (9) I have told all your people about your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out, as you, O LORD, well know. (10) I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness. (11) LORD, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.

 

Jesus not only assured John he was preaching the correct message, He showed John the new ministry was about to begin and how it was going to be accomplished — through love.

 

Matthew 3:16-17 NLTse After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. (17) And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

 

The visual scene after Jesus’ baptism not only assured John of the presence of the Holy Spirit but shows everyone the results of baptism when completed with a sincere heart.

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