Baptist Briders attempt to make John the Baptist the first Baptist and try to make him a Baptist like Baptists are today. There is a problem with this. The Bible calls “John the Baptist” because he baptized to manifest Jesus Christ to Israel. John the Baptist only baptized Jews before the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Herod killed John the Baptist before Jesus Christ died for our sins on a cross at Calvary. The ministry of John the Baptist and the ministry of Baptist pastors today are not the same. The baptism of John the Baptist and a Baptist pastor today are not the same.
A Baptist pastor baptizes a person that believes by faith that Jesus Christ died for their sins on a cross at Calvary, his burial, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.
John 1:29 (KJV) ¶ The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
John 1:30 (KJV) This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
John 1:31 (KJV) And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
John the Baptist is an Old Testament saint, He is not part of the bride of Christ, the church. John the Baptist is a friend of the Bridegroom not the bride of Christ. This is shown plainly in the following verses.
John 3:27 (KJV) John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
John 3:28 (KJV) Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
John 3:29 (KJV) He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
Acts 19:1 presents a real problem for the Baptist Briders. Here is a group of disciples that were baptized by John the Baptist. Paul baptizes them again after they believe in Christ Jesus. Acts 19 shows that John’s baptism was not good enough and they had to be baptized again.
Acts 19:1 (KJV) ¶ And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
Acts 19:2 (KJV) He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
Acts 19:3 (KJV) And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
Acts 19:4 (KJV) Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
Acts 19:5 (KJV) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
The New Testament does not start until the death of Christ. John the Baptist is killed before Christ is crucified. Therefore John the Baptist is an Old Testament saint and has no part in the New Testament church. Hebrews 9:15-17 makes this clear that the New Testament does not start until the death of Christ.
Hebrews 9:15 (KJV) ¶ And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
Hebrews 9:16 (KJV) For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
Hebrews 9:17 (KJV) For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
This is one of the dangers of Baptist Briders in that they do not know the Bible. They do not understand that John the Baptist is not part of the bride of Christ, the church. They try to setup the Baptist church as this great authority by tying Baptist churches back to John the Baptist, when the real authority is not churches but the King James Bible. There is no mention of a Baptist church in the Bible period. The Roman Catholic church does the same thing by trying to tie their church back to the apostle Peter. Baptist Briders and the Roman Catholic church are both wrong on this. John the Baptist has nothing to do with Baptist churches and the apostle Peter has nothing to do with the Roman Catholic Church.
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