ok, just read Matthew 3. What the Holy Spirit is revealing to me in this passage is the make-up of a servant for God. John the Baptist (JTB) wasn't like the prophets of old some 500 years before, where God spoke to them directly as they would say "Thus says the Lord..." yet JTB was chosen to be the one who would prepare the way for Christ. In other words, JTB was like the best man to Christ as Christ was the groom. JTB in v3 "prepares the way of the Lord, make His paths straight." God also willed that JTB do this because nobody would be surprised when the Messiah arrived because there was one who said "He is here!". Nobody could say to God, "you didn't send anyone to tell us He was here." JTB is similar to the 2 witnesses in revelation who will come warning the world it is about to in.

The qualities of JTB was so vivid and clear too, he gives an acceptable example of how a pastor should be, one acceptable to God who is a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

example #1: notice v4 "John himself was clothed in came's hair with a leather belt around his waist." Now how many pastor of today put more attention into how they look than preaching the gospel. Apparently to God, it didn't matter if JTB wore nomad clothes-it was the message that was important. Yet today (preachers of LA), a pastor must wear a suit, must wear a religious outfit or robe, must wear-something. This attitude is different than JTB. To him, the message of the Messiah was more important.

example #2: JTB was not afriad to contend with the "religous scholars". The Pharisees and Sadducees were the religous authories of the time and prided themselves with their position and titles, yet to JTB, he had a conviction becasue he knew to the truth and was not afraid to tell them that truth, telling them v7-10 "Brood (generation) of vipers!...do not think to yourselves 'We have abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stone...every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." JTB called them out and was not afriad to do so

example #3: JTB stayed humble. Even though he knew his purpose, down to the scripture that spoke to who he was and what he would do, JTB stayed humble. He didn't let it get to his head saying in v11 "He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry." However today, so many pastors of church don't give Jesus Christ our Lord that same worship, respect, reverance and many more are not humble at all. Its not enough that a pastor is called "pastor" but becasue the people are moved by titles pastors have become "Pastor-Dr-Reveren-Father...John Doe." Their heart is in their titles, their robes or outfits, and people are moved by it. But to God, it means nothing.

example #4: JTB was not prideful at all to let Jesus correct him. JTB, with all he knew, and all he thought, including that he-himself would be baptised by the Lord, was wrong in his thinking. In v14 "and John tried to prevent Him, saying "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?" Then Jesus corrects JTB v15 and JTB allows it, baptising Christ. JTB wasn't so prideful to say "nope, I can't let these people see that I'm wrong". None of that, the Lord corrected JTB, and JTB followed in the manner the Lord corrected him. But today, so many pastors don't want to be wrong, don't want to be correct by what scripture says, even when scripture, after scripture, after scripture, tells them they are wrong. But their response "this is my interpreation..." Imagine if JTB said that to Christ "nope my Lord, its my interpreation that You baptise me". Had JTB did this, he would have been holding up the ministry of Christ. But he allowed himself to let the word of the Lord correct him.

What is also revealed to me is the fact that the Holy Spirit was not with Christ prior to this moment. Jesus, the Son of the living God, lived a full human life, absent of the power of God, who is the Holy Spirit. That's why there is no mentioning of miracles done when He was a baby, child, teen, young adult becasue the Holy Spirit was in Heaven with the Father waiting for God's appointed time to be sent to earth at Jesus baptism. Just like Jesus had an appoited time to be sent to earth to be conceived in Mary. Likewise the Holy Spirit had an appointed time.THEN v16 "the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him" and God speaking from Heaven for the universe to hear "this is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." God-the Father (in Heaven), God-the Son (being baptised), God-the Holy Spirit (descending from the sky) all in 3 different places, 3 different persons, yet they are all One, equally God, everywhere knowing everything.

Lastly...this passage doesn't say anything about "if you don't get baptised, you don't go to heaven." And this passage doesn't show children getting baptised either or dead people, these which is popular and practiced today.

May this study bring you closer to Christ.

So I just read matthew 2. the understanding the Holy Spirit gives me are 2 things. #1 the consistancy of satan to kill off the bloodline of Christ all the way up to trying to kill baby Jesus Himself. Lets look briefly, 1) Genesis 6, fallen angels try and pollute the human species by getting women pregnant producing human hybrids (Giants), leaving only Noah and his family the only ones left made as a God intened. Had they succeeded, the human species/bloodline would have been polluted and Jesus couldn't have been born to human flesh. 2) Exodus 11, the King of Egypt went to kill the first born, but God saved Moses putting him in a basket in the nile. 3) 1 Samuel 17, you have Goliath trying to kill David, that had he succeded, Jesus would not have been born. Time and time again, up to King Herod satan attempted to stop the blessed bloodline of Christ to try and stop God's prophesy of the One who would redeem the world of sin for those who believed in Him.

#2. What the Holy Spirit also has revealed to me is that prophesy concerning Jesus is not in sequencial order. Notice how the events played out vs when the prophesy was given.
1: He would come from Bethlehem/Micah 5:2 (33rd book in the bible)
2: He would come out from Egypt/Hosea 11:1 (28th book in the bible)
3: slaugthered children/Jeremiah 31:15 (24th book in the bible)

This gives evidence in understanding the book of revelations that is all prophesy. Reading it from chapter 1 - 22 isn't sound wisdom becasue as we can see from the above, the events that happen didn't happen in the order is was given, Jeremiah, Hosea, and Micah. Rather prophesy became fulfilled out of the order it was given. Therefore we must look at the book of revelation not in chapter sequence but out of sequence as the Holy Spirit lays out the order of events, what He says is will happen...becasue Chapter 17 has been fulfilled with Pope Francis, yet Chapter 6 has not been fulfilled yet.

Just read Matthew 1. Here's what stuck out to me:

Matthew 1:17 NKJV

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.

So in every aspect of these 3 phases of the Jewish people, God was fully in control. He allowed everything to happen simply for this one moment, for the son of God to be born. This gives us faith knowing God is still in control even up to the return to His Son, when He will sit on His mercy seat throne.

Last day then our blessed discipline begins. I'm excited to fellowship with you all.

Lord God, it is my prayer that what you have put into my heart to do, I do not do it alone. Bring to me brothers and sisters in Christ, that together we increase Him and decrease ourselves. Yet if I am to do this alone, let your will be done. Amen.
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