matthew 3:16 commentary
That is, the Spirit invested itself with a dove form, in order to make itself visible to their senses. Jesus in His physical presence was the spiritual connection between earth and Heaven (compare John 3:13), with all the resources of God available to Himon earth. Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I … He often uses words from the book of Isaiah. That is, the Spirit invested itself with a dove form, in order to make itself visible to their senses. John needed an abundance of water to cover his followers completely. Further, when we read in the Song (Song of Solomon 2:14), "O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs (see Isaiah 60:8), let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely" - it is shrinking modesty, meekness, gentleness, that is thus charmingly depicted. 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and  He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. "A conscience void of offence toward God and toward men" (Acts 24:16) expresses both. referred to Christ, or to John; no doubt but the opening of the xvii,) and by the crowd in the temple. This question is answered by a passage of the prophet Isaiah, which will be handled in another place. It would also be a reminder of the dove who returned to the ark with the symbol of coming fruitfulness in its beak (Genesis 8:11), the symbol that judgment was at least temporarily put aside and of a new opportunity for creation to begin again. A difficulty arises here, whether the words, "to him", are to be 16As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. the spirit of the Messiah". And that was why Matthew saw so clearly that in the presence of the King there was the activity of the Spirit, whether on earth or in Heaven. which in the first creation moved upon the face of the waters; No combination of pictures could better express the ministry of Jesus. It was fitting that John be permitted to see it since that was the sign the Lord had given him by which he was to recognize the One for whom all this preparatory work was being done. The opening of the Heavens was a way of speaking of God acting from Heaven. Matthew 3:16 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, o the heavens were opened to him, 3 and he p saw the Spirit of … and for his sake, and to him the following words belong; "and ‘Like a dove.’ More strictly we should say ‘like a bird’, such as a dove or a pigeon. Jesus' example shows that He "came up . And here have we not a striking illustration of the Incarnation? There is no proof for the opinion of some that it was unseen by many others. ← Back to All Text Commentaries John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s University and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. Matthew 17:5). God confirms Jesus’ identity and commitment by sending the empowering Spirit and declaring Jesus’ identity (Matthew 3:16-17). And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and to a voice from heaven, saying, This in my beloved son, in whom I am well leased. 661. See also John 1:32. Evangelist in relating this circumstance, is with respect to what Went up straightway out of the water — Or, as the original, ανεβη απο του υδατος, rather signifies, ascended from the water, namely, went up from the banks of Jordan. But the fourth Gospel gives us one more piece of information here, on the authority of one who saw and testified of it: "John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and IT ABODE UPON HIM" [ kai (Greek #2532) emeinen (Greek #3306) ep' (Greek #1909) auton (Greek #846)]. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. That was why Jesus could cast out evil spirits by the Spirit of God (Matthew 12:28). But at any rate, the mode of his baptism was such as, to make it the symbol and picture of the spiritual baptism which forthwith, That is, Jesus saw the dovelike Spirit. Matthew 3:16. A temporary embodiment of the Holy Spirit occurred to publicly inaugurate our Lord as the Messiah. He instinctively recognised the significance of what he had seen. âThe Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord God hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted,â (Isaiah 61:1.). The person of the Father; a voice came out of heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, etc. He Himself can therefore drench men in the Holy Spirit on the basis of His own will precisely because the Holy Spirit now proceeds from Him. He introduces important *Old Testament words in a special way 12 times. As the Evangelists say that John saw the Holy Spirit, it is probable that the opening of the heavens was chiefly on his account. The climax of the scene is not the baptism itself but the vision … Luke 3:21 tells us he was praying as he came up. This is the same thing, in the form of inoffensiveness toward men. Indeed He would go out of His way to emphasise that He and His Father always acted together (John 5:19; John 9:3-4). ‘Heaven, which was closed by the first Adam, is opened again over the second.’. In Jesus earth and Heaven had been combined from the beginning through His birth (Matthew 1:18; Matthew 1:20), and now they were uniquely combined for His future task. The idea of the Servant of YHWH is most apposite in view of Matthew 12:18-21, because it is clearly something that Matthew has in mind. The heavens were opened unto hint and he saw the Spirit in the form of a dove. hovering and lighting of a dove upon anything: for it does not 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Matthew 3:13-17 EXEGESIS: MATTHEW 3-7, 28. Yet I do not hesitate to admit that Christ also, so far as he was man, received from it additional certainty as to his heavenly calling. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) Share Tweet Originally written in 1706, Matthew Henry's six volume Complete Commentary provides an exhaustive look at every verse in … ‘Unto Him’ may also mean ‘for him, ‘for his advantage. It was the revelation that now, from Him, the Holy Spirit would reach out to all around Him, through His words, through His healings, through His casting out of evil spirits, and through His whole life (Luke 4:18-19; Isaiah 61:1-2). Mark: ‘out of.’ They probably stood in the water, but as both accounts do not so assert, this is not the essential fact. Matthew 3:16 - After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, on StudyLight.org water, but lo, And Jesus, when he was baptized, &c. — Hereby he was, 1st, installed into his ministerial office, as the priests were by washing, Exodus 29:4; Leviticus 8:6; Leviticus 2 d, engaged solemnly in the same military work with us against sin and Satan; 3d, admitted a member of the gospel Church, as he was before of the Jewish, by circumcision; 4th, he was baptized as a public person, the Head of his Church, in whom, and by virtue of whose baptism, all his members are baptized spiritually, Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12. . Luke 2:40; Luke 2:52; Hebrews 5:8). place where he was baptizing. It is God appearing in fire. Content. It was done on purpose, that believers might learn to receive, and to contemplate with reverence, his divine power, and that the weakness of the flesh might not make him despised. ὃν ἰδὼν ὁ ἰωάννης λέγει αὐτῷ σὺ τίς εἶ κύριε, Ð³Ð»Ð°Ñ Ñ Ð½ÐµÐ±ÐµÑ Ð³Ð»Ð°Ð³Ð¾Ð»ÑÑÐ¸Ð¹, the water aids us not in guessing how, for the preposition properly signifies, Nor if Jesus waded into and out of the water, would it in the least aid the matter. Thus we may see it here as indicating that the Coming King, Servant and Prophet of Isaiah was being authenticated as the King and Servant by the Voice from Heaven, and as the Prophet by Jesus’ words in Luke 4:18. The dove depicts the One Who is meek and lowly in heart (Matthew 11:29), the One Who does not break the bruised reed or quench the still smoking flax (Matthew 12:20), Who through His Spirit gives life to those who seek Him (John 6:63), producing righteousness within them through the soft refreshing rain of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 44:1-4), and yet the fire depicts One Who is harsh with sin, and will if necessary refine it with fire (Matthew 3:12; Malachi 3:3), and Who in the end will be harsher still with those who harden themselves against repentance and must receive the full weight of His fiery judgment (Matthew 3:13; Isaiah 5:24; Isaiah 66:16; Isaiah 66:24; Ezekiel 15:6-7; Ezekiel 22:21-22). I was well pleased. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. The Gospel of Matthew: a commentary 30 November, 1999 . Commentary on Matthew 16:21-23 (Read Matthew 16:21-23) Christ reveals his mind to his people gradually. And John says that he saw it. water on his face, or pour it on his head, as is ridiculously Then he suffered him. need of supposing such a trajection, for the whole may be shape", as Luke says in ( Luke 3:22 ) either in the That did not mean, of course, that He acted separately from the Father. — Matthew 3:16-17 NLT Key Thought While Matthew's focus in Jesus' baptism is the fulfillment of God's will and character — to "carry out all that God requires" (Matthew 3:15) — God lets us know how delighted he is with his Son who is wanting to … By this attestation to his Sonship and Messiahship, Jesus was anointed as Prophet, Priest, and King. It is the Angel of YHWH Who is seen, but not the Spirit. St. John declares that he saw the Spirit; (John i. Matthew refers to words from the *Old Testament over 60 times. He did everything a truly righteous man should do, so we could learn from Him. John, saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and The latter sense is a possible one, declaring the eternal good pleasure of the Father in the Son, but this would be only a repetition of the previous declaration. Jacob wrestled with God “face to face” at Peniel. Coming upon him. The work before Him, the needed and expected Spirit to rest upon Him for it, and the glory He would then put upon the Father that sent Him-would not these fill His breast, and find silent vent in such form as this?-`Lo, I come; I delight to do thy will, O God. Matthew 3:16. 33. These are the essentials of the Gospel. Matthew 3:16 Context. And lest we should think that this was an accidental thing, he adds that this last particular was expressly given him as part of the sign by which he was to recognize and identify Him as the Son of God: "And I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending AND REMAINING ON HIM [ kai (Greek #2532) menon (Greek #3306) ep' (Greek #1909) auton (Greek #846)], the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Spirit. the water. But important too is the idea that it was no eagle Who descended here. So in the vision near Damascus, St. Paul only heard the words and saw the form of Him who spake them (Acts 9:7; Acts 22:9). It was in this way that the Kingly Rule of Heaven was now on earth in all who enjoyed the Spirit’s working as gifted to them by Jesus (Matthew 11:27). The original indicates a past time, not a continued state. This was the John born to Zacharias and Elisabeth, whose miraculous birth to this too-old couple was announced, along with his call to be the forerunner of the Messiah, in Luke 1. i. The Columba Press. This would be a reminder of the Spirit of God hovering over creation when God began His creative work (Genesis 1:2), and may thus be seen as indicating that God was as it were beginning a new creative work. And lo, a voice out of the heavens. Reader Width. And John says that he saw it John 1:32. The first is, why did the Spirit, who had formerly dwelt in Christ, descend upon him at that time? For now that the King was present and operative, men must either enter under His Kingly Rule and obey His words, or they must turn from His Kingly Rule and refuse to acknowledge Him. And we are well pleased with him. While He was yet speaking --. And lo, the heavens were opened. Matthew 3:16-17. Christ, when he was baptized by John in the river Jordan, the Matthew 3:16-17 NIV. That descent of the Spirit, âas it were a dove,â as St. Luke adds (Luke 3:22), âin bodily form,â taught the Baptist, as it teaches us, that the gift of supernatural power and wisdom brought with it also the perfection of the tenderness, the purity, the gentleness of which the dove was the acknowledged symbol. form of a dove; only that his visible descent and lighting on John (John 1:32) says: ‘it abode upon Him;’ the outward sign was temporary, the anointing was permanent. The Spirit of God. waters of Jordan, where he had been baptized; and which the Jews God Agrees. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. But the Spirit is never visibly ‘seen’, only His effective working is seen. The same also applies in the New. In a word-not to allude to the historical emblem of the dove that flew back to he ark, bearing in its mouth the olive leaf of peace (Genesis 8:11) - when we read (Psalms 68:13), "Ye shall be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold," it is beauteousness that is thus held forth. He rejects Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism because of their unworthiness (3:7-10), and attempts to reject Jesus as a candidate for baptism because of his super-worthiness It was almost incredible for anyone who knew the Scriptures that the Spirit would come visibly. The dove was an emblem of Christ's meekness and innocence. Heard by all who stood by, as on the mount of transfiguration (chap. its motion. visible form, not expressed, which pretty much resembled the Christ should go down into the river, more or less deep, to the Christ himself saw the shape of the dove, which was also seen by the Baptist, as we find, John i. Text Size. (Tirinus). At the same time our Lord had a human development (comp. Dr. Whitby of the Church of England said: “The observation of (conclusion reached by) the Greek Church is this, that he who ascended out of the water must first descend into it. of the It may aid us in apprehending the fact that the Son of God became a real man, to regard this event as marking the age of maturity; the attainment of the full consciousness of his nature and mission as the God-Man and Saviour. We cannot understand the purpose of commentators who endeavour to mar the beauty of this gracious manifestation by talking of its not being a dovelike form, but forsooth a quivering motion, (of what?) It symbolised what would lie beneath the activity of ‘the Holy Spirit and fire’. Matthew 17 – Jesus Transfigured, Triumphant, and Taxed A. Jesus is transfigured. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 16:1-4 The Pharisees and Sadducees were opposed to each other in principles and in conduct; yet they joined against Christ. 3. confirm his faith in Jesus, as the true Messiah, and which he And was not such that "Holy, harmless, undefiled One," the "Separate from sinners?" Matthew 3:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV). 13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. The revelation of the Trinity at the baptism of Jesus gives special significance to the formula of baptism: ‘in’ (or ‘into’) ‘the name of the Father,’ etc. Though the grace of the Spirit was bestowed on Christ in a remarkable and extraordinary manner, (John 3:34,) yet he remained at home as a private person, till he should be called to public life by the Father. Matthew 3:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Matthew 3:16, NIV: "As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water.At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him." It assumed the form of a dove, as that bird was to the minds of those spectators the emblem of innocence. In other words Jesus is to fill to the full the prophecies concerning the King, the Servant and the Prophet in Isaiah. Whether anyone else saw it we do not know. him: Now that the full time is come, for preparing to discharge the office of Redeemer, he is clothed with a new power of the Spirit, and that not so much for his own sake, as for the sake of others. or cloven asunder, as in ( Mark 1:10 ) which made A declaration to John that ‘this is’ the Messiah. But here two questions arise. His active ministry now begins. 7,) invested with “an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away.” Few persons, at any rate, feel any difficulty in supposing, or at least comprehending and conceiving, that these angelic forms were visible embodiments of the person of Jehovah. But the only thing that was actually visible was ‘the Spirit of God’ (Luke - ‘the Holy Spirit’) coming down from Heaven like a dove and settling on Jesus. Therefore, Jesus was the *Messiah that they were waiting for. Luke says, ‘in a bodily form, as a dove.’ This statement, in which all four Evangelists agree, is to be understood literally. Mark says, sublimely, "He saw the heavens cleaving" [ schizomenous (Greek #4977)]. Aa Aa. John allowed his disciples to leave his own leadership and follow after Jesus (John 1:35-39 +). His preexistence is implied, and the meaning is peculiarly appropriate in the circumstances. And he saw — Christ himself saw, and also John the Baptist, as appears by John 1:33-34; and by this he was further confirmed that this was the very Christ: — the Spirit of God descending like a dove — Not only in a hovering, dove-like motion, but, it seems, with a bright flame, in the shape of a dove, for St. Luke says, Luke 3:22, σωματικω ειδει, ωσει περιστεραν, in a bodily shape, as a dove. But at any rate, the mode of his baptism was such as to make it the symbol and picture of the spiritual baptism which forthwith descended upon him in dovelike form. 15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. When the Spirit works something happens and men are aware that it is due to the Spirit of God simply because of the results. lo. And Jesus, when he was baptized And thus was Christ installed into his ministerial function, both by baptism and the unction of the Holy Ghost, as the priests of old were by washing and anointing. Matthew 3:16. HENRY ALFORD (1810-1871) The New Testament for English Readers Matthew Commentary. This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. The coming of the Holy Spirit on Jesus was like a coronation. By this God was indicating, not just that Jesus was filled with the Spirit, but that the Spirit was on earth in bodily form in Jesus, as in no other before or since. 6:23), Christ died in the sinner’s place (Rom. This together with John 1:32-34 indicates that Jesus and John were the only witnesses of this remarkable event. How long it took those closest to Jesus to recognise that this experience indicated this fact we do not know, but it does explain why John the Baptiser was able to declare, ‘I saw and bear witness that this is the Son of God’ (John 1:34). At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him. As our perfect example in all things (see I John 2:6; I Peter 2:21), He came to John to be baptized to show us the steps we must take to reach the same destination He did—the Kingdom of God. Then heaven was opened. From the water. --- As a dove, or like a dove in a bodily shape. But the chief view of the Font. of Noah's dove, which brought in its mouth the olive leaf, a And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of [ apo (Greek #575)] - rather, 'from' - "the water." Bible Version Show footnotes. He . The idea is quite remarkable. John xii. So, John consents to baptize Jesus (Matthew 3:15b). One would be at a loss at first sight for a reason why the Thousands in ancient and modern times have been baptized by affusion, as they are represented in ancient pictures, standing or kneeling in the bed of a stream. Like a dove, and lighting upon him. And he saw the Spirit of God descending - that is, He only, with the exception of His honoured servant, as He tells us Himself, John 1:32-34; the by-standers apparently seeing nothing. Jesus has just been baptized by John the Baptist and in this verse the Holy Spirit comes to him like a dove. Luke says, "in a bodily shape" (Luke 3:22); that is, the blessed Spirit, assuming the corporeal form of a dove, descended thus upon His sacred head. particularly designed, since this vision was upon his account, It assumed the form of a dove, as that bird was to the minds of those spectators the emblem of innocence. Christ, as well as John, according to ( Mark 1:10 ) . All others received the Spirit by measure. Matthew 3:16 is the sixteenth verse of the third chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. At the opening of the Saviour’s ministry we have a manifestation of the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, all cooperating in the great work of man’s salvation. for this is what was promised to John, as a sign, which should This appears to be the tendency of the words of Luke: while Jesus was praying, the heaven was opened, (Luke 3:21 :) for, though his prayers were always directed towards the benefit of others, yet as man, when he commenced a warfare of so arduous a description, he needed to be armed with a remarkable power of the Spirit. Title Page: Next » Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible Fr Michael Mullins lectures in Scripture in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. The Greek text is favourable to this interpretation. His coming out of the water aids us not in guessing how, for the preposition properly signifies from. Evangelist should relate this circumstance; for after the before he had well got out of the water. follows; and to show, that as soon as Christ was baptized, and Matthew 3:16 REV and Commentary - And when Jesus had been baptized, immediately as he stepped away from the water, Look!, th - Bible verse And he saw — That is, Jesus saw the dovelike Spirit. After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, and Jesus, when he was baptized, was scarcely come up out of the water, but lo, John, saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him, And Jesus when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water, pneuma theou katabainon hōsei peristeran, And, lo, the heavens were opened unto him. No one else was or could be a ‘Son,’ or ‘Beloved,’ as this Person was. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Like a dove — That is, in a dovelike shape, as Luke beyond all equivocation declares — in a bodily shape like a dove. Psalms 45:7; Isaiah 61:1. Unto him and he saw, i.e., Jesus; though John also saw it (John 1:33). In Eden Jehovah-God walked in the garden, and pronounced sentence upon Adam. And Jesus, when he was baptized Christ, when he was baptized by John in the river Jordan, the place where he was baptizing, went up straightway out of the water. Symbolically the Spirit has, as it were, come from the Father and has come to the earthly Jesus. The Baptist bears record that he too beheld the Spirit descending (John 1:33-34), but there is not the slightest ground for supposing that there was any manifestation to others. . They would draw near to Him with their lips and honour Him with their mouths but their hearts would be far from Him. But the Vulgate supposes it was Jesus Christ himself. necessarily design the form of the creature, but the manner of pp. Note the Articles, and see App-101. Hence the reference is to the past, not to the time of his baptism. "My dove, my undefiled is one," says the Song (Song of Solomon 6:9). âThe heavens were opened to himâ as they were to Stephen (Acts 7:56). It is probable they might resemble that opening of the heavens which we often see in a time of great lightning, when the sky seems to divide, to make the fuller and clearer way for the lightning: although, doubtless, this was much more striking and glorious. (Witham) --- Calmet supposes that it was St. John that saw the Spirit of God descend thus upon Jesus Christ. Ð½Ð°Ð¼ÐµÐ½Ð¾Ð²Ð°Ð»Ð¸ Ð²ÑÑÑÐ¿Ð»ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ðµ Ð¥ÑÐ¸ÑÑÐ° Ð½Ð° ÑÐ»ÑÐ¶ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ðµ. from the water" because He had been in it. In those days John the Baptist came: Matthew introduces us to one of the fascinating characters of the New Testament. Matthew 3:13-17. Lighting upon him; in token of his being endowed with the Holy Spirit for his work. Matthew 3:16 King James Version (KJV). (1-2) The transformation of Jesus before His disciples. He has proceeded from the Father, and yet is in some way distinct from the Father. 16.Baptized — How he was baptized is not said. At that moment heaven was opened, q and he saw the Spirit of God r descending like a dove and alighting on him. shape of a dove, which is a very fit emblem of the Spirit of God The baptism took place in the river Jordan, and was certainly by immersion. But it drew out that He could be compared with no other. The accidental, or even Providential, appearance of a real dove would not call for such marked mention in all four Gospels. The Spirit Descending as a dove. The more grammatical sense points to the complacency of the Father in the Son, when He assumed the office of Mediator (comp. Give me leave to transcribe a passage I have (16) The heavens were opened.âThe narrative implies (1) that our Lord and the Baptist were either alone, or that they alone saw what is recorded. There is no proof for the opinion of some that it was unseen by many others. 14But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. Doubtless some miraculous appearance in the sky. This is. Bird types were not then as strictly differentiated as they are today. As soon as he went out, and was praying, says St. Luke, (iii. The person of the Holy Ghost in a bodily shape, (. And lighting upon him — As a visible token of a new degree of the Holy Ghost’s operation in Christ, now at his entrance upon his public employment, even of that Spirit by which, according to the intimations God had given in his word, he was anointed in a peculiar manner, and abundantly fitted for his public work. ‘He saw’ almost certainly refers to John, as the voice in the third person in Matthew 3:17 makes clear. 21,) the heavens were opened to him, or in favour of him; and he saw the Spirit of God descending: i.e. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. For here He is in visible form. Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. Jesus came up out of the water. The words of Mark can have no other meaning, he saw the heavens cleft asunder (296) An exact inquiry into the way in which this opening was made, would be of no importance, nor is it necessary. represented in the prints, can hardly obtain any credit with The Holy Spirit descended upon him in this form to signify what Christ Isaiah, 1 st, in his own nature to them that come to him, meek and loving; 2d, in the execution of his office, reconciling us to the Father, and bringing us good tidings of peace and reconciliation, as the dove brought Noah tidings of the deluge being assuaged; 3d, in the operations of his Spirit upon his people, whereby they are made meek, lowly, and harmless as doves. 15:3), the sinner must trust Christ alone as his sin bearer (John 3:16; Acts 16:31). Father, glorify thy name. Show me a token for good. If Jesus went up out of the water it was necessary that lie go down into it, and that would agree with the definition of "baptize" as given at verse6. 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