We never really talked about the verses of John chapter one where John the Witness told the crowd…
“I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”
Later in John we discover that the disciples of Jesus baptized people. John 4:1-3 tells us…
“1 The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.”
So here’s my question. Maybe you can help me: What was the nature of the baptism that the disciples of Jesus were doing? Was it the same as John’s baptism, a baptism of repentance (see Mark 1:4)? Was it “Baptism with the Holy Spirit” that John mentioned in 1:33?
If it wasn’t baptism with the Holy Spirit at this time, then when/how is it that Jesus baptized people with the Holy Spirit?
What do you think?