Part 120 Baptism, as a necessity for salvation, remains a controversy even to this day, which means that a dutiful, Bible student must always strive to challenge their studies on the subject. One such person asked, “Doesn’t John 4:2 mean that Jesus believed baptism wasn’t all that important since He didn’t see the need to do it for others?” Let us recall John 4:1,2: “When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples)” (KJV). Jesus and John the Baptist had been teaching repentance because the kingdom was soon to come (Matt. 3:1). John had prepared the minds of the faithful Jews before God to accept the coming of God’s Son, and when Christ arrived, He taught and continued to encourage the teachings of John. John had been popular with the people (apart from the Pharisees) and baptized many; however, due to the miracles and superior wisdom of the Messiah, Jesus obviously attracted more followers than John. With John, his singular efforts in baptizing the people that came to listen to his sermons would have been sufficient. With Christ, the crowds grew so vastly that Jesus delegated immersing people to His apostles while Jesus continued to preach repentance and the kingdom.

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