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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
3:16 And Jesus being baptized - Let our Lord's submitting to baptism teach us a holy exactness in the observance of those institutions which owe their obligation merely to a Divine command. Surely thus it becometh all his followers to fulfil all righteousness. Jesus had no sin to wash away. And yet he was baptized. And God owned his ordinance, so as to make it the season of pouring forth the Holy Spirit upon him. And where can we expect this sacred effusion, but in an humble attendance on Divine appointments? Lo, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God - St. Luke adds, in a bodily form - Probably in a glorious appearance of fire, perhaps in the shape of a dove, descending with a hovering motion, till it rested upon him. This was a visible token of those secret operations of the blessed Spirit, by which he was anointed in a peculiar manner; and abundantly fitted for his public work.
Mt 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized. The baptism took place in the river Jordan, and was doubtless by immersion. Dr. Whitney, of the Church of England, on this passage, says: ``The observation of the Greek Church is this, that he who ascended out of the water must first descend into it. Baptism is therefore to be performed, not by sprinkling, but by washing the body.'' Dr. Schaff, the great Pedo-baptist scholars, says: ``While the validity of baptism does not depend on the quantity or quality of water, or the mode of its application, yet immersion and emersion is the primitive and expressive mode to symbolize the idea of entire spiritual purification and renovation.'' Dr. Schaff also says: ``The Greek word "baptize" is derived from a root that means "to dip", "to immerse".'' These views are endorsed by all the great Pedo-baptist scholars. Went up straightway out of the water. The Revised Version says "from the water", which is correct, as the preposition is "apo"; yet Mark uses "ek" in giving the same account (Mr 1:10), which the Revised Version correctly renders "out of". He went up, praying, as we learn from Lu 3:21. Lo, the heavens were opened unto him. The skies were parted, rolled back, so as to reveal, as it were, the throne of God. Spirit of God descending like a dove. In form, and not, as some suppose, in motion merely, which would convey no definite idea. It descended to anoint him to be Christ.
Pat's comment on 2013-10-26 16:22:20:
when Jesus was baptised he became enlightened.
D D Mann's comment on 2013-09-17 10:50:57:
I see the cleansing by water of the sacrifice, much like was done by Aaron when Aaron washed the kidney and liver of the sacrifice. Also, the manifestation of fire in that Christ, the one being baptized would then be a consuming fire, baptizing with fire, much like the Levitical burnt offerings for sin. Also, the spirit coming down like a dove reminds me of the doves sacrificed on the altar. It all has this mysterious symbolism that comes from Heaven, because it is an exact representation of what is in Heaven that is "secret". Our redemption is beautiful and it is by God. His ways are not our ways, nor are his thoughts our thoughts. For as high as the Heavens are above the Earth, so are His ways above our ways.
Danny's comment on 2013-07-30 04:31:35:
the mateo 3:16 baptism to repent the only god can baptize the holy spirit the mateo 28:19 says go ye and teach them to baptize the name of the father and the son and the holy spirit the question is what is the name? of the father and the son and the holy spirit books of acts 2: 38 peter says repent and baptize to the name of jesus and you can recieve the holy spirit.
Erict's comment on 2012-10-29 01:22:47:
The heavens were opened and John saw the Holy Spirit descending on Jesus in the form of a dove
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