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Dispensationalism III - Lesson 6

  1. JOHN THE BAPTIST (Luke 16:16)
    1. The Man
      1. His miraculous birth (Luke 1:5-25)
      2. Filled with the Holy Ghost from birth (Luke 1:15)
      3. Did not drink wine or strong drink (Luke 1:15)
      4. In the spirit and power of Elijah (Luke 1:16-17)
        1. Malachi’s prophecy (Malachi 4:5-6)
        2. John’s life (Matthew 3:4 with 2 Kings 1:8)
        3. John’s denial (John 1:21)
        4. Christ’s teaching (Matthew 11:13-15)
        5. Scripture’s explanation (Luke 1:17)
      5. The prophet of the Highest (Luke 1:76; Matthew 11:9)
      6. No greater man born of woman (Matthew 11:11)
      7. The least in the kingdom of God/heaven (Matthew 11:11; Luke 7:28)
      8. Marked the division between the law and the kingdom (Matthew 11:13; Luke 16:16)
    2. His Mission
      1. He came as a voice crying in the wilderness (Isaiah 40:3-5; Matthew 3:3; John 1:23)
      2. He came as a messenger to prepare the way of the Lord (Malachi 3:1; Mark 1:1-2; Luke 1:17, 76); as such, John is known as the forerunner of Jesus Christ
      3. He came as a witness of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:6-9, 15, 29-34; John 3:25-30; John 5:31-33)
    3. His Message
      1. The Kingdom of God
        1. The kingdom is at hand
          1.  The kingdom of heaven (Matthew 3:1-2)
          2. The kingdom of God (Mark 1:14-15)
          3. The kingdom of the God of heaven (Daniel 2:44)
          4. A literal, earthly kingdom (Matthew 19:28)
        2.  The gospel of the kingdom (Matthew 4:23; Matthew 9:35; Matthew 24:13-14); to be covered in detail in later notes
        3. The call to repent (Matthew 3:2; Mark 1:14-15)
      2. The Baptism of Repentance
        1. Called John’s baptism (Acts 19:1-5)
        2. A baptism in water (Matthew 3:11; Luke 3:16; John 1:26, 33)
        3. A baptism preceded by a turning from sin (Luke 3:7-14); in other words, the baptism was not the repentance itself but only an outward expression that the person had already repented
        4.  A baptism marked by confession of sins (Matthew 3:6; Mark 1:5)
        5. A baptism that offered remission of sins (Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3; Acts 2:38)
          1. Twelve scriptural references to remission, remit, remitted (Matthew 26:28; Mark 1:4; Luke 1:77; Luke 3:3; Luke 24:47; John 20:23(2); Acts 2:38; Acts 10:43; Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:22; Hebrews 10:18)
          2. Meaning of remission
            1. Literally means to send back
            2. To refrain from exacting payment
            3. To refrain from inflicting punishment
            4. To put off; to postpone
          3. Some biblical uses of remission
            1. Benefit of the Old Testament sacrifices (Hebrews 9:22)
            2. Covering of Old Testament sins (Romans 3:25 with Hebrews 9:15)
            3. To be blotted out in the future (Acts 3:19; Romans 11:26-27; Jeremiah 50:20)
          4. This led to a knowledge of salvation (Luke 1:77; see John 1:7, 29-30; Acts 13:23-25)
        6. NOTE: The baptism of repentance for the remission of sins was not an act, which brought salvation.  It was given to Israel as preparation for the coming of the King and His kingdom.  Israel had rebelled against the Lord and was not ready for the coming kingdom.  John preached a way for them to prepare for the kingdom.  They were to repent and then be baptized for the remission of sins.  In this, God would refrain from exacting payment for their sins.  This would lead them to the knowledge of salvation through faith in the Messiah when He arrived (see Mark 1:14-15).
      3. The Coming of Christ
        1. One to come after John (Luke 3:15-18; Mark 1:1-3)
        2. He will baptize with the Holy Ghost (Luke 3:16; Acts 1:4-7)
        3. The Lamb of God who takes away sin (John 1:29-36)
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 30:3

I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.