Matthew 3:11 Commentary - Abbott's Illustrated New TestamentVerse 11
The idea of the verse undoubtedly is, that John performed merely an external rite,--the symbol and pledge of repentance,--but that the reality of new spiritual life was to be bestowed by the coming Savior.
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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament
The electronic edition of John S. C. Abbott and Jacob Abbott's The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Translated Out of the Original Greek, and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised; with Explanatory Notes has been produced from a copy of the printed text published by O. A. Browning and Company (Toledo, OH, 1878). The title on the spine of the book is Abbott's Illustrated New Testament, and on the half-title page, The Pictorial New Testament; with Notes; by Jacob and John S. C. Abbott.