Bible Cross References
baptism
Matthew 3:1-12
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At that time John the Baptist came to the desert of Judea and started preaching.
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"Turn away from your sins," he said, "because the Kingdom of heaven is near!"
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John was the man the prophet Isaiah was talking about when he said, "Someone is shouting in the desert, 'Prepare a road for the Lord; make a straight path for him to travel!' "
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John's clothes were made of camel's hair; he wore a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
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People came to him from Jerusalem, from the whole province of Judea, and from all over the country near the Jordan River.
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They confessed their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan.
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When John saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to him to be baptized, he said to them, "You snakes---who told you that you could escape from the punishment God is about to send?
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Do those things that will show that you have turned from your sins.
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And don't think you can escape punishment by saying that Abraham is your ancestor. I tell you that God can take these rocks and make descendants for Abraham!
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The ax is ready to cut down the trees at the roots; every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown in the fire.
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I baptize you with water to show that you have repented, but the one who will come after me will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. He is much greater than I am; and I am not good enough even to carry his sandals.
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He has his winnowing shovel with him to thresh out all the grain. He will gather his wheat into his barn, but he will burn the chaff in a fire that never goes out."
Matthew 11:7-15
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While John's disciples were leaving, Jesus spoke about him to the crowds: "When you went out to John in the desert, what did you expect to see? A blade of grass bending in the wind?
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What did you go out to see? A man dressed up in fancy clothes? People who dress like that live in palaces!
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Tell me, what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes indeed, but you saw much more than a prophet.
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For John is the one of whom the scripture says: 'God said, I will send my messenger ahead of you to open the way for you.'
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I assure you that John the Baptist is greater than anyone who has ever lived. But the one who is least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than John.
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From the time John preached his message until this very day the Kingdom of heaven has suffered violent attacks, and violent men try to seize it.
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Until the time of John all the prophets and the Law of Moses spoke about the Kingdom;
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and if you are willing to believe their message, John is Elijah, whose coming was predicted.
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Listen, then, if you have ears!
Matthew 17:12
But I tell you that Elijah has already come and people did not recognize him, but treated him just as they pleased. In the same way they will also mistreat the Son of Man."
Matthew 17:13
Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.
Mark 1:1-11
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This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
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It began as the prophet Isaiah had written: "God said, 'I will send my messenger ahead of you to open the way for you.'
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Someone is shouting in the desert, 'Get the road ready for the Lord; make a straight path for him to travel!' "
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So John appeared in the desert, baptizing and preaching. "Turn away from your sins and be baptized," he told the people, "and God will forgive your sins."
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Many people from the province of Judea and the city of Jerusalem went out to hear John. They confessed their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan River.
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John wore clothes made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.
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He announced to the people, "The man who will come after me is much greater than I am. I am not good enough even to bend down and untie his sandals.
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I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
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Not long afterward Jesus came from Nazareth in the province of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
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As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, he saw heaven opening and the Spirit coming down on him like a dove.
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And a voice came from heaven, "You are my own dear Son. I am pleased with you."
Mark 11:27-33
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They arrived once again in Jerusalem. As Jesus was walking in the Temple, the chief priests, the teachers of the Law, and the elders came to him
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and asked him, "What right do you have to do these things? Who gave you such right?"
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Jesus answered them, "I will ask you just one question, and if you give me an answer, I will tell you what right I have to do these things.
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Tell me, where did John's right to baptize come from: was it from God or from human beings?"
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They started to argue among themselves: "What shall we say? If we answer, 'From God,' he will say, 'Why, then, did you not believe John?'
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But if we say, 'From human beings...' " (They were afraid of the people, because everyone was convinced that John had been a prophet.)
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So their answer to Jesus was, "We don't know." Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you, then, by what right I do these things."
Luke 1:11-17
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An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar where the incense was burned.
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When Zechariah saw him, he was alarmed and felt afraid.
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But the angel said to him, "Don't be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son. You are to name him John.
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How glad and happy you will be, and how happy many others will be when he is born!
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John will be great in the Lord's sight. He must not drink any wine or strong drink. From his very birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit,
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and he will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.
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He will go ahead of the Lord, strong and mighty like the prophet Elijah. He will bring fathers and children together again; he will turn disobedient people back to the way of thinking of the righteous; he will get the Lord's people ready for him."
Luke 1:67-80
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John's father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he spoke God's message:
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"Let us praise the Lord, the God of Israel! He has come to the help of his people and has set them free.
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He has provided for us a mighty Savior, a descendant of his servant David.
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He promised through his holy prophets long ago
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that he would save us from our enemies, from the power of all those who hate us.
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He said he would show mercy to our ancestors and remember his sacred covenant.
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With a solemn oath to our ancestor Abraham he promised to rescue us from our enemies and allow us to serve him without fear,
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(SEE 1:73)
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so that we might be holy and righteous before him all the days of our life.
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"You, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High God. You will go ahead of the Lord to prepare his road for him,
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to tell his people that they will be saved by having their sins forgiven.
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Our God is merciful and tender. He will cause the bright dawn of salvation to rise on us
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and to shine from heaven on all those who live in the dark shadow of death, to guide our steps into the path of peace."
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The child grew and developed in body and spirit. He lived in the desert until the day when he appeared publicly to the people of Israel.
Luke 3:2-20
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and Annas and Caiaphas were High Priests. At that time the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the desert.
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So John went throughout the whole territory of the Jordan River, preaching, "Turn away from your sins and be baptized, and God will forgive your sins."
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As it is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah: "Someone is shouting in the desert: 'Get the road ready for the Lord; make a straight path for him to travel!
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Every valley must be filled up, every hill and mountain leveled off. The winding roads must be made straight, and the rough paths made smooth.
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The whole human race will see God's salvation!' "
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Crowds of people came out to John to be baptized by him. "You snakes!" he said to them. "Who told you that you could escape from the punishment God is about to send?
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Do those things that will show that you have turned from your sins. And don't start saying among yourselves that Abraham is your ancestor. I tell you that God can take these rocks and make descendants for Abraham!
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The ax is ready to cut down the trees at the roots; every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown in the fire."
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The people asked him, "What are we to do, then?"
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He answered, "Whoever has two shirts must give one to the man who has none, and whoever has food must share it."
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Some tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, "Teacher, what are we to do?"
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"Don't collect more than is legal," he told them.
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Some soldiers also asked him, "What about us? What are we to do?" He said to them, "Don't take money from anyone by force or accuse anyone falsely. Be content with your pay."
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People's hopes began to rise, and they began to wonder whether John perhaps might be the Messiah.
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So John said to all of them, "I baptize you with water, but someone is coming who is much greater than I am. I am not good enough even to untie his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
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He has his winnowing shovel with him, to thresh out all the grain and gather the wheat into his barn; but he will burn the chaff in a fire that never goes out."
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In many different ways John preached the Good News to the people and urged them to change their ways.
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But John reprimanded Governor Herod, because he had married Herodias, his brother's wife, and had done many other evil things.
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Then Herod did an even worse thing by putting John in prison.
Luke 7:28-35
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I tell you," Jesus added, "John is greater than anyone who has ever lived. But the one who is least in the Kingdom of God is greater than John."
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All the people heard him; they and especially the tax collectors were the ones who had obeyed God's righteous demands and had been baptized by John.
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But the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law rejected God's purpose for themselves and refused to be baptized by John.
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Jesus continued, "Now to what can I compare the people of this day? What are they like?
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They are like children sitting in the marketplace. One group shouts to the other, 'We played wedding music for you, but you wouldn't dance! We sang funeral songs, but you wouldn't cry!'
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John the Baptist came, and he fasted and drank no wine, and you said, 'He has a demon in him!'
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The Son of Man came, and he ate and drank, and you said, 'Look at this man! He is a glutton and wine drinker, a friend of tax collectors and other outcasts!'
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God's wisdom, however, is shown to be true by all who accept it."
John 1:6
God sent his messenger, a man named John,
John 1:15
John spoke about him. He cried out, "This is the one I was talking about when I said, 'He comes after me, but he is greater than I am, because he existed before I was born.' "
John 1:25-34
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then asked John, "If you are not the Messiah nor Elijah nor the Prophet, why do you baptize?"
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John answered, "I baptize with water, but among you stands the one you do not know.
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He is coming after me, but I am not good enough even to untie his sandals."
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All this happened in Bethany on the east side of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.
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The next day John saw Jesus coming to him, and said, "There is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
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This is the one I was talking about when I said, 'A man is coming after me, but he is greater than I am, because he existed before I was born.'
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I did not know who he would be, but I came baptizing with water in order to make him known to the people of Israel."
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And John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and stay on him.
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I still did not know that he was the one, but God, who sent me to baptize with water, had said to me, 'You will see the Spirit come down and stay on a man; he is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'
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I have seen it," said John, "and I tell you that he is the Son of God."
John 3:26-36
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So they went to John and told him, "Teacher, you remember the man who was with you on the east side of the Jordan, the one you spoke about? Well, he is baptizing now, and everyone is going to him!"
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John answered, "No one can have anything unless God gives it.
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You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, 'I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.'
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The bridegroom is the one to whom the bride belongs; but the bridegroom's friend, who stands by and listens, is glad when he hears the bridegroom's voice. This is how my own happiness is made complete.
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He must become more important while I become less important."
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He who comes from above is greater than all. He who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly matters, but he who comes from heaven is above all.
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He tells what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his message.
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But whoever accepts his message confirms by this that God is truthful.
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The one whom God has sent speaks God's words, because God gives him the fullness of his Spirit.
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The Father loves his Son and has put everything in his power.
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Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not have life, but will remain under God's punishment.
Why
Luke 20:5
They started to argue among themselves, "What shall we say? If we say, 'From God,' he will say, 'Why, then, did you not believe John?'
John 3:18
Those who believe in the Son are not judged; but those who do not believe have already been judged, because they have not believed in God's only Son.
John 5:33-36
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John is the one to whom you sent your messengers, and he spoke on behalf of the truth.
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It is not that I must have a human witness; I say this only in order that you may be saved.
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John was like a lamp, burning and shining, and you were willing for a while to enjoy his light.
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But I have a witness on my behalf which is even greater than the witness that John gave: what I do, that is, the deeds my Father gave me to do, these speak on my behalf and show that the Father has sent me.
John 5:44-47
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You like to receive praise from one another, but you do not try to win praise from the one who alone is God; how, then, can you believe me?
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Do not think, however, that I am the one who will accuse you to my Father. Moses, in whom you have put your hope, is the very one who will accuse you.
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If you had really believed Moses, you would have believed me, because he wrote about me.
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But since you do not believe what he wrote, how can you believe what I say?"
John 10:25
Jesus answered, "I have already told you, but you would not believe me. The deeds I do by my Father's authority speak on my behalf;
John 10:26
but you will not believe, for you are not my sheep.
John 12:37-43
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Even though he had performed all these miracles in their presence, they did not believe in him,
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so that what the prophet Isaiah had said might come true: "Lord, who believed the message we told? To whom did the Lord reveal his power?"
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And so they were not able to believe, because Isaiah also said,
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"God has blinded their eyes and closed their minds, so that their eyes would not see, and their minds would not understand, and they would not turn to me, says God, for me to heal them."
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Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus' glory and spoke about him.
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Even then, many Jewish authorities believed in Jesus; but because of the Pharisees they did not talk about it openly, so as not to be expelled from the synagogue.
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They loved human approval rather than the approval of God.
1 John 3:20
If our conscience condemns us, we know that God is greater than our conscience and that he knows everything.