Baptism: From heaven or from men?

Matthew Bible Background

03.07.2015 New Testament: Mark 11.30

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 11.20–33 on March 7, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

The chief priests, the scribes, and the elders did not submit to John’s baptism. They approached Jesus with a question about His authority to do what He was doing. Knowing that they had not submitted to John’s baptism, He first wanted to show that they did not recognize authority from heaven,

“The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me” (Mark 11.30). 

If they said from heaven, why did they not believe John and submit to his baptism? If they said from men, the people would have been angered at the Jewish leaders, because they saw him as a prophet. The leaders would also be denying John’s heavenly authority.

Likewise, the baptism of Jesus—is it from heaven or from men? If it is from heaven, it is necessary for salvation. If it is from men, we should have nothing to do with it. What is your verdict?

5 thoughts on “Baptism: From heaven or from men?

  1. Personally, I don’t think man could have ever come up with the idea. Man ought to do what God instructed them to do. And….John baptized Jesus. It leaves some to ponder- does one think that Jesus baptism was from man or from heaven? That clearly tells me, with it being Jesus, it is from heaven, from God, otherwise God would not have allowed his son to be dipped by John. You know, as a child when I watched the Ten Commandments, I saw the parting of the waters as God baptizing a lot of people at one time. 🙂
    And might I add, that I believe that “sprinkling” is not baptism of God, it is of men. And as far as salvation goes- “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (Romans 10:9-11)
    Ok, I’ll shut it now. Peace!

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