Journey with Jesus
Preparation for the Gospel
God is faithful to keep His Word- Mark 1:1-4
“The beginning of the gospel...”
8 John’s baptism was symbolic and provisional of a more permanent and powerful reality to come: “I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” That is an extraordinary declaration, for in the OT the bestowal of the Spirit belongs exclusively to God. John’s declaration, according to Mark, transfers the bestowal of the Spirit to Jesus, once again indicating that, as the Greater One, Jesus will come in the power and at the prerogative of God. The spiritual power of the messianic baptism will thus supersede the symbol of water in human baptism. “Holy Spirit” identifies the spiritual power of Jesus with God, thus guarding the divine power from being misunderstood as something Satanic or evil (e.g., 3:22).