John the Baptist

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY The Unestablished Disciple: John the Baptist’s Beliefs and Unique Lifestyle Submitted to Dr. David Mappes, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of NBST 515 – B08 LUO New Testament Orientation I byBryant Eubanks October 4, 2014 Contents Introduction1 Basic Biographical Information1 Levite Lineage1 Life as a Priest2 Life as a Prophet4 Lifestyle5 Living in the Wilderness5 Preparing the Way8 Ministry12 Discipleship12 Mission15 Martyrdom18 Conclusion19 Bibliography20 Introduction Jesus Christ did not arrive on this earth unannounced, nor did He begin His ministry without a proper introduction. His first cousin, John the Baptist, was divinely…show more content…
In viewing John’s devout disposition and unwavering obedience, it is understandable that Jesus would have this man, a priest, as His personal forerunner. Life as a Prophet John the Baptist was a Levite and priest by lineage, but a prophet by divine appointment. Jesus proclaimed John as a prophet, but also more than that. Park writes, “It had not been altogether unusual, in previous periods of Jewish history, for prophets to be chosen from among the priests.” Prophets throughout the entirety of the Word were known as divinely chosen orators for His chosen people. The prophets foresaw potential destruction as a result of Israel’s ostensibly relentless sinful lifestyle. A quintessential aspect of prophet’s capabilities was the gift of prayer. Prophets were the spokesmen of God; Ortlund affirms them as “prophetic guardians, like sentries on a city wall, [who] prayed and watched for the fulfillment of God’s promises.” In this same way, John the Baptist was praying and preparing the people for the coming of the Messiah. Prophets would also help the people to see the directions in life on which they should embark. As they perceived the wrong actions of God’s chosen people, they would instruct Israel on right actions that should be taken, guiding them to a closer and more obedient relationship with the Lord. John the Baptist was assumed to be an incognito Elijah, the returned prophet. Hugenberger asserts, “It is likely
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