John was the first Baptist. John the Baptist was "great in the sight of the Lord" (Luke 1:15). He was filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother's womb. Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he" (Mat. 11:11). God, Himself, named him John. (Luke 1:66), and from the very beginning people exclaimed, "What manner of child shall this be!" And "the hand of the Lord was with him" (Luke 1:66).
John was born to Jewish parents. Luke 1:5
John was raised by godly parents. Luke 1:6
John was raised by praying parents. Luke 1:7-13
John was raised by a mother who believed that Jesus was Lord. Luke 1:42-43
John was raised by a father who believed Jesus to be "an horn of salvation" (Luke 1:69) "the Highest," the "Lord" (Luke 1:76), the "dayspring from on high" (Luke 1:78).
John was influenced by an aunt who realized that Jesus (her son) was God her Saviour. Luke 1:47
John was kept separated from the world till the day of his shewing. Luke 1:80.
John was sent to be the prophet of the Highest. Luke 1:76.
John was sent to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children. Luke 1:17
John was sent to turn the hearts of the children to their fathers. Mal. 4:5-6 and Luke 1:17
John was sent to prepare a people for the Lord. John 1:17
John was sent to bear witness of the Light. John 1:7-9
John was sent to give knowledge of salvation. Luke 1:77.
John was sent to baptize people with water. John 1:33
John drank no wine or strong drink. Luke 1:15
John preached against fornication and adultery. Mat. 14:1-12
John testified that Jesus was the Messiah while John and Jesus were still in the womb. Luke 1:39-45
John testified that Jesus was Jehovah God. Mark 1:3. This is a quote from Is. 40:3 where the word LORD is all capitals and means "Jehovah." See also, Is. 40:9 and 16.
John testified that Jesus was the light of the world. John 1:6-9
John testified that Jesus was from Heaven. John 4:31
John testified that Jesus was given the Spirit without measure by God the Father. John 3:33-34
John testified that Jesus was above all. John 3:31
John testified that Jesus was before John. John 1:26-30
John testified that Jesus was omnipresent. John 1:18
John testified that Jesus was the only begotton Son of God. John 1:18 &34
John testified that Jesus was greater than John. John 1:19-27
John testified that Jesus was to increase while John was to decrease. John 3:30
John testified that Jesus was the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29 and 36
John testified that Jesus was the source of grace and truth. John 1:15-18
John testified that Jesus would give eternal life to whosoever believed on Him. John 3:36
John did no miracle, but everything he said about Jesus was true. John 10:41
Jesus said that John was the greatest man born of woman except for Himself.
Jesus walked some 20 miles to baptized of John. Mark 1:9
Jesus was thought to be John the Baptist risen from the dead. Mat. 16:13-16
When people heard John speak they followed Jesus. John 1:37
John preached that there is a real Hell to be saved from. Mat. 3:10-12; John 3:36
John preached that being born of a godly linage will not save you from that Hell. Mat. 3:9
John preached that people must repent (not do pentience). Mat.3:1-2, 8, and 11.
John preached that people must believe in Jesus to be saved, and before baptism. Acts 19:4
John baptized with authority from God. John 1:33
John baptized only people old enough to confess their sins---not infants. Mat. 3:5-6
John baptized only repentant believers. Mat. 3:7-12; Acts 19:1-6
John baptized by immersion. Mat. 3:13-17; John 3:23
John baptized in water---not in oil or in milk or in wine. John 1:26, 31 and 33
John's Name and Title
John's name was John. John 1:6; Luke 1:13,57-63. John means "Jehovah is a gracious giver."
John's title was "the Baptist." Mat. 3:1
John was the first Baptist, and thus was "the" Baptist instead of "a" Baptist.
John baptized the apostles, thus making them Baptists---a people prepared for the Lord. John 1:21-22
John baptized Jesus, thus making Jesus a Baptist. Mark 3:13 and Mark 1:9-11
The Baptist Jesus organized the Baptist apostles into the first Baptist church somewhere between Mat. 16:18 and 18:17.
Jesus gave only this Baptist church the authority to baptize. Mat. 28:18-20
This Baptist church existed before Pentecost. Mat. 18:17
This Baptist church is the orginal church.
This Baptist church is the only church with the authority to baptize.
The gates of Hell shall not prevail against this Baptist church. Mat. 16:18
This Baptist church is still in existence today. Mat. 28:20
This Baptist church is the Bride of Christ.
John's Discouragement and Death
God's people are only human. They have emotions. They sometimes get discouraged. That does not mean that their Bible-based beliefs are wrong. John was imprisoned for preaching against sin. In prison he became discouraged. Mat. 11:1-20
Having disciples leave you to minister to Jesus does not mean you are wrong.
Having enemies does not mean that you are wrong.
Having problems does not mean that you are wrong.
Having death overtake you does not mean that you are wrong.
When you see God's people suffer or die, do not be so foolish as to think that that means they are wrong. Mark 6:14-29
John's Future Day of Glory
John will be the best man at Jesus's marriage to the church. John 3:25-29
John will not be in the bride.
But John, as the friend of the bridegroom, will rejoice that the bridegroom now has his bride. John 3:29
You do not have to be the bride to be in the family of God---salvation does not come by church membership, but by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Old Testament saints were saved through faith in Christ, but are not in the church and so are not a part of the bride.
The saved of this age who never become church members will not be in the bride.
The "general assembly" will be in Heaven, but will not be the "church of the firstborn." Heb. 12:22-23
You do not have to be a church member to be saved, but you must be a church member to be a part of the bride.
Church membership does not save your soul, but it does make you a part of the bride of Christ.
No one is closer to the bridegroom than the bride.