No He wasn't, but he did die preaching the coming of the Christ so I would say he is a Christ Man.
Donnie/ Sailor the Man
My Dear Sweet Friend,
No. John, however, was Judaist/Jew who found the leadership not teaching and practicing the Way of the Covenant. His hope for a saved Israel was for the Messiah to come. He did not know what exactly (Love, which is Christianity) the Messiah would come teaching, but he knew it would be the answer all righteous Israel hoped and waited for. He was not immediately able to recognize the Christ, but he knew this man, Jesus, was special. If he had lived, he would have been another corner stone in the Church.
No, he was a Jew and read the Torah and he practiced Mosaic law. But he did know of the coming of Christ and he advocated repentance as well as telling others to prepare for His arrival. King Herod was afraid to have John killed because of what his disciples might do, but had him killed because of his wife through adultery, Herodias, and her prompting through her daughter.
Jesus was thought to be the resurrection of John the Baptist among others.
The first Christians would not have appeared until the day of Pentecost, in my opinion.
Even though he was born before Jesus was born, John the Baptist was indeed a Christian, which means follower of Christ. When he saw Jesus he stated, "Behold, the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world." He recognized Jesus as being the Messiah.
Even Abraham looked for the coming of Jesus and could also be considered a christian.
Technically, John the Baptist was a practicing Jew. He knew a savior was destined to save mankind and he recognized Christ as that savior. In this respect, as Sir Dent answered, he would also have been the first Christian or follower of Christ.
If follower of Christ is what a Christian is, how could John The Baptist be one... Did he not in the book of Mathew say " to two of his followers look behold the son of God go and follow him.... " did not God say he was the greatest of men, yet we would be greater because of jesus?? I am not here to argue but to learn so do not be offended by my words
It is how you define Christian I guess. I agree with most answers here already, John followed Christ, he set up the foundation for Christ to be heard and even baptized him, knowing he was unfit to "tie Christ's sandal." I guess I am not sure what you mean by Christian then if you still don't think John can be one. I think he is, he followed Jesus, he learned from Jesus and while he followed a very strict Judaic doctrine, he was still very much someone who knew the Christ when he saw it.
Definitely Yes! John the Baptist was chosen by God to announce the arrival and the presence of Jesus as Emmanuel, the Messiah long awaited. Problem was though, Caiaphas, The Sanddron, The Sadduces, and The Pharisees, feared Rome and feared Herod's alliance with Rome, if they were to proclaim the scriptural truth revealed through Jesus as his being the long awaited Messiah, thr true "Son of God" It was their fear, not their ignorance of the truth that drove them to react against Jesus as they did.
Chronologically, no he wasn't a Christian, because "True Christianity" only began on the day of Pentecost according to Acts. The word Christian was only used twice in the bible, and as a derogatory term labeled on believers in Christ and those that preached the Gospel.
John the Baptist was beheaded before the Church began yet he was Gods chosen vessel to Baptize Jesus Christ, which in doing kicked off the beginning of the Gospel. and the Gospel being Jesus Christ and his completed works for the salvation of all man kind.
by graceinus 6 years ago
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