Welcome back to JPCE SPIRITUAL TALK today is Matthew 3 Study and Scripture breakdown...Like yesterday I will read and teach directly from the Bible, notes and readings already marked and ready to go, I will also provide notes in a write up!!! Today we will read and discuss John the Baptist's Call to Repentance, and the Baptism of Yeshua, (Jesus)...
- JOHN THE BAPTIST CALL TO REPENTANCE CAN ALSO BE FOUND IN (MARK 1:1-18; LUKE 3:1-18; AND JOHN 1:19-28)
-THE BAPTISM OF YESHUA (JESUS) CAN ALSO BE FOUND IN (MARK 1:9-11; LUKE 3:21-22; JOHN 1:29-34)
3:1-3: The wilderness of Judea is the barren region descending from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea: Repentance is a radical shift in one's mind!!! The word in Greek literally means to change's one's mind or a about face and turning directly from the old way and simply living each day like a new creation that you are in Christ!!! This is also considered the first step in the way of the Lord, it starts with confession of sin, followed by baptism, and lastly a changed life that is bearing only good fruit and worthy of full change!!!
3:4: John's life in the wilderness reflects that life of an ancient prophet named Elijah, see and read (4 Kings 1:8 or 2 Kings 1:8 depending on your versions) to see my comparison, talking about the Spirit of Elijah making a comparison to John the Baptist!!!
3:6: The confession of sins is essential to baptism under both the Old covenant as well as the New: John's baptism, was a sign of forgiveness and repentance of sins only!!! It however did not confer the power of total regeneration nor adoption as a child of God as does Christian baptism (v.11)
3:7: Sadducees were members of the high-priestly and landowning class who controlled the temple as was as internal political affairs of the Jews!!! The Pharisees formed a religious movement that centered on the study of the law and strict observance of its regulations!!! They were all about religion and lived a hypocritical lives, basically do as I say and not as I do, typical for a tyrannical way of thinking!!! Brood of vipers!!! see, also (Mathew 12:34, 23:33 ), John calls them this and later is used by Yeshua (Jesus(
3:8: Repentance, confession, and baptism lead to fruits worthy of repentance, and is seems as a way if life that is constituent with the Kingdom of God see, (Galatians 5:22-25):
3:9: The warning that from these stones (Hebrew- ebnim) God can raise up children (Hebrew- banim) is a play on words, The Lord will admit fruitless children into His House, ax is pictured as chopping a fruitless tree (v. 10)
3:10: see my notes on 3:8: fire here is referring to divine judgement see also (Isaiah 33:11; 66:24; Ezekiel 38:22; 39:6; and 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9) all talking about fire and divine judgement!!!
3:11: Christ is baptizes in the fire of the Holy Spirit, the power and the grace of God divinely poured out on all the believers at baptism (see v. 10; see also Luke 3:16-17 listen to my commentary to get full rundown)
John's culture about the sandals a slave would carry the king's sandals!!! John declares himself to be even lower that a slave of Yeshua (Jesus) see (Ruth 4:7) listen to my commentary to get full rundown!!!
3:12: Winnowing is the threshed grain from the chaff is metaphor for the divine judgement which will separate good from evil!!!
3:15: Yeshua Jesus does not need purification: By doing this He is making the purification of humanity His Own!!! He is washing away all of humanity's sins, granting us regeneration, and is revealing the mystery of the Holy trinity!!! see Luke 3:21, and listen to commentary to get full rundown!!!
3:16: The Spirit of God hovered over the water at the first creation (Genesis 1:2): Now the Holy Spirit is coming in a form of a dove to anoint the Messiah, the Son of God, at the new beginning of new creation: New beginnings in Christ!!! So Jesus is not becoming the Son of God on this day but rather He is being revealed as the Son of God on this day!!! The Holy Spirit has always rested on Him (Manifestation or revelation) or (Manifestation of God)- commentary for full rundown!!!
3:17: This quotation is from Psalm 2:7: "You are my Son,/ Today I have begotten You..." The Baptism of Yeshua (Jesus) once again is revealing the great mystery of the Holy Trinity!!! The Father speaks, and the Holy Spirit descends and the Incarnate Son is Baptized!!! see also Ezekiel 1:1 for my comparison of the heavens opening up!!!
READ PEACE WITH THE PSALMS/ LIFT UP YOUR VOICE!!! PSALM 40
- MESSAGE ABOUT FEARING THE LORD- JAMES 2:14-19
"WHAT DOES IT PROFIT, MY BRETHERN, IF SOMEONE SAYS HE HAS FAITH BUT DOES NOT HAVE WORKS??? CAN FAITH SAVE HIM??? IF A BROTHER OR SISTER IS NAKED AND DESTITUTE OF DAILY FOOD, AND ONE OF YOU SAYS TO THEM, "DEPART IN PEACE, BE WARMED AND FILLED," BUT YOU DO NOT GIVE THEM THE THINGS WHICH ARE NEEDED FOR THE BODY, WHAT DOES IT PROFIT??? THUS ALSO FAITH BY ITSELF, IF IT DOES NOT HAVE WORKS, IS DEAD...BUT SOMEONE WILL SAY, "YOU HAVE FAITH, AND I HAVE WORKS," SHOW ME YOUR FAITH WITHOUT YOUR WORKS, AND I WILL SHOW YOU MY FAITH BY MY WORKS...YOU BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ONE GOD...YOU DO WELL...EVEN THE DEMONS BELEIVE AND TREMBLE!!! BUT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW, O FOOLISH MAN, THAT FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD???
-Yeshua said he who wants to follow me must first deny himself, denying his own self-will- pick up the cross and follow me!!! Our faith isn't one foot in and one foot out it's deeper than that, and deeper than religion instead it's based off the relationship we develop with our Creator, Christ our God!!! It's the entire package of faith that comes with it, the compete fearing of the one true God!!! our faith isn't based off mind or even the tongue alone, but the compete person!!! Yes we are justified by faith, but faith alone doesn't seal our salvation, but instead we must live a new life!!!Each day in Christ is a new beginning because repentance cleanses us from all afflictions and keeps us honest, furthermore believing alone isn't it enough if demons alone believe but also fear the One!!! I have become a witness to how great the Lord truly is, Great it His faithfulness!!! Fearing the Lord is the start of wisdom, be wise, and not foolish!!!
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