4.5 John's Last Witness about the Christ
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4.5 Afterwards, Jesus and his disciples went to Judea and baptized people there. Meanwhile John the Baptist was baptizing many in Aenon near Salim, where water was plentiful. (This was before John was imprisoned.) Some of John’s disciples argued with fellow Jews about ceremonial washing. They came to him, saying, “Master, the one you testified about is baptizing across the Jordan, and everyone is going to him.” John replied, “Each man’s role is given from heaven.
Feb 5 You know I said I am not the Christ but his predecessor. The bride belongs to the bridegroom.
The bestman stands by listening and rejoicing on hearing the bridegroom’s voice, and so my joy is complete. He must increase; I must decrease.
“He who is of the earth speaks of earthly things. He who comes from heaven is above all, and witnesses to what he has seen and heard, but none believes. He who believes him affirms God’s truthfulness, for His emissary1 speaks God’s words. Him, God gives the Spirit without limit. Him, God loves and gives all authority. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys him will not see life, but God’s wrath rests upon such a person.”