Mark 1:9-11

Genesis 2

9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

3 responses to “Mark 1:9-11

  1. When Jesus was baptized, and heaven was torn open, to me it symbolizes what happens when we are baptized. Once we are baptized, the heavens open and God comes down and cleanses our bodies so we are whole and pure again.

  2. Yo E, you know you’re my dog right? Be careful on your doctrine. Baptism itself is not about God cleansing us and making us pure. Baptism demonstrates to the church and to the world what Jesus did for us when we accepted His salvation. Whether we ever get baptized or not, we are made whole and God’s spirit is sent to us.

    This passage is a classic reference material when discussing the Trinity and the distinction of the three forms of God. What I took from it was how Jesus in His human form needed the ministry and power of the Spirit. If Christ Himself benefited from the Spirit while He was part man, how much more do we need the power of the Spirit to overcome our humanity.

  3. erica—baptism is an external symbol of what takes place inwardly—the baptism has nothing to do with the cleansing of our hearts and lives, only the blood of Christ can do that—

    The Spirit of God is the empowering movement in our lives—it is what moves us, guides and helps us in our walk with God…we will see this tomorrow in our verse study!

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