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Vos Group #83 — John’s Baptism of Jesus

Today, we turn to pages 318–322 of Vos’ Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments to explore the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Our goal is to offer a nuanced understanding by identifying both the similarities and differences between John’s baptism of Jesus and the baptisms John performed upon the people.

Vos aims to steer clear of two misconceptions: the first being that Jesus’ baptism and the people’s baptisms were entirely distinct events, and the second that they were essentially the same.

The baptism of Jesus holds dual significance. Firstly, it serves as a public and objective revelation of the Holy Spirit’s glory, manifested as the Spirit descended from heaven onto Jesus. Secondly, it has a sacramental meaning for Jesus himself, as he received something from the Spirit that furthered his earthly mission, which was a journey of suffering leading to glory.

In addition, we’ll examine the connection between Jesus’s baptism and his role as the Messiah, offering insights into both pneumatology—the study of the Holy Spirit—and eschatology—the study of end times.


  • 00:07 Introduction
  • 00:37 Discussing the Recent Course on Aquinas’ Trinitarian Theology
  • 09:49 John’s Baptism of Jesus
  • 23:22 The Redemptive-Historical Roles of Jesus and John
  • 27:05 Jesus Identifies with His People
  • 29:55 The Objective Office of Messiah
  • 41:42 The Descent of the Spirit upon Jesus
  • 46:54 The Sacramental Significance of Jesus Baptism
  • 50:31 The Beginning of the New Creation
  • 58:49 Conclusion

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