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Mark 1:8 Commentary - Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson

8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

This passage is used to prove that there is a second work of grace when the Holy Spirit is poured out in some manner after salvation to bring special whatever upon the believer. This is often called the second blessing, or in the case of Pentecostals the baptism of the Spirit. When it happens the "sign" of course is speaking in tongues as they did on the day of Pentecost. HOWEVER, there is no indication of this teaching in this context or verse. It is a simple statement that Christ would baptize with the Holy Spirit, as in salvation. We are baptized into the body of Christ via the Spirit. To make more of this is to read into the context a lot more than the normal meaning of words allows.

It is a further statement that John knew that what Christ was going to do was far greater than anything he could do, even though he was a most influential man.

This would also give rise to the assumption that John knew the purpose and work of Christ. He knew a lot more about Christ than the average person. Indeed, it would seem that He knew this Christ was God, and that Christ was here to do a work far above what any man could do. To know that Christ could command the Spirit in the act of baptizing men there would have to be a great knowledge of God's plan for that point in time.

Consult other comments:

Mark 1:8 - The Greek Testament

Mark 1:8 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Mark 1:8 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Mark 1:8 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Mark 1:8 - Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson

Mark 1:8 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 1:8 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Mark 1:8 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Mark 1:8 - Geneva Bible Notes

Mark 1:8 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Mark 1:8 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Mark 1:8 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Mark 1:8 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Mark 1:8 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Mark 1:8 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 1:8 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Mark 1:8 - Combined Bible Commentary

Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson