Excerpt from Chapter 2 – “THE MEANING OF BAPTISM”

Published October 10, 2017

Jesus Baptizes with the Spirit

Jesus’ forerunner, the prophet John the Baptist, preached a message saying, “I
have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit” (Mark
1:8). John then introduced Jesus at the beginning of his public ministry through
his baptism.

As the Messiah, Jesus had “to fulfill all righteousness” by being “born under
the law” (Gal. 4:4) to fulfill all of God’s requirements for Israel through perfect
obedience, but specifically the requirements for being anointed as Prophet–High
Priest–King. He did this by being baptized as a priest by a priest (John) for ordination
by sprinkling (Num. 8:5–7) at the required age of thirty (Num. 4:3, 23,
30, 35, 47; Luke 3:23). As the firstborn of Mary brought to the temple, Jesus fulfills
God’s claim that all the firstborn are wholly given to him (Luke 2:7, 22, 23).
Although every firstborn male in Israel belonged to the LORD since he struck
down the firstborn in Egypt, he took the Levites to fulfill that role for the nation
of Israel (Num. 8:16–19). Jesus became the fulfillment of Israel as God’s firstborn
son brought out of Egypt to worship him (Ex. 4:22, 23; Hos. 11:1; Matt. 2:14,
15; Mark 1:11). In being anointed as our high priest, Jesus had come to bear our
sin so “we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21) and so he could
bear our judgment from the wrath of God against our sin (Isa. 53:5; 1 Pet. 2:24).