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John 3 Friend of the Bridegroom
And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was
with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth,
and all men come to him. John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given
him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ,
but that I am sent before him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but
the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because
of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I
must decrease. He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is
earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he
whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
John the Baptist and the Holy Spirit
The relation between John the Baptist and the
Holy Spirit began before he was
born, for he was "filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's
womb." Jesus testified of his special position, saying "Among those
that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the
Baptist." He also testified of his unique role in the Gospel, saying,
"this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy
face, which shall prepare thy way before thee." John had the
incomparable honor of baptizing the Lord Jesus and bearing witness of "the
Spirit descending from heaven like a dove" It is for these reasons, and
many more, that John bore the sign of Gimel, wearing, as stated in
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