John the Baptist was teaching on the Kingdom of God and Christ first coming. Many teaching of John was also taught by Jesus. The church came a number of years after John's death, but does that mean that John could not have been a chirstian or could he? After all, he did baptize Jesus?
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PandN- Is there any way to know at what point John started baptizing people in the name of Jesus? I realize baptism of people through the Father, Son and Holy Spirit didn't come until after Christ's death. Many thanks for your answer.
Jesus did not say to baptize in three titles but said to baptize in one name Col 3:17 There is a big difference between a persons name and his titles If we signed a check with brother, uncle, or son would the bank accept it? Using name is important.
PandN- Matthew 28: 19 (NKJV) 19 Go therefore and make desciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Jesus spoke these words. Am I misunderstanding something here? Thanks you.
What is the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit? That is the NAME we are to baptise in. A reptition to a command is not obedience to it because the actual NAME is not being used. (Acts 2:38)
PandN- Point taken. Many thanks
Ericdierker- You have also made a very valid point and I agree. I do thank you for your answer.
manatita44- There were a few in John's time who mistakenly thought that John was the Christ due to his qualities. Only to learn that he was not. As John 1: 20 explains. Many tthanks for your answer maanatita44-
celafore- I don't no if this question has very been brought up before regarding John and in my opinion I have to agree with you. However, I do wonder of others opinions on this question. Many thanks celafore.
There is no requirement that I know of in scripture , that requires Jesus to have died and been resurrected before one could believe in HIM.
The door was not open to gentiles until after, but not so for the jews, as per Abraham and David
Good point ! Thanks.
It occurs to me that the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Would actually be something that would make use of the word "Christian" a misnomer. No one can do what He did. So arguably no one can be a complete Christian.
eric-- what about Jesus says these things and even greater shall we also do??
Celafoe, I would think that is referring to us as mere men, trying to be like HIm. I get the feeling that He not only loves us but admires us when we try hard. But I like your point very much. It is consistent with the Word. I just never met one.
Jesus said that we will do greater works (widespread ministry/ Great Commision) by carrying the Gospel throught the world; He did not say greater miracles. Even when the Apostles were alive, all Christians could not do signs and wonders as they did.
duffsmom- Thanks so much for your answer