Baptism of Fire in Luke 3:16


“John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” Luke 3:16

As far as memory verses go, this one is exciting! Matthew’s 3:16 was about the dove coming to rest on God’s beloved Son, and Mark 3:16 about Jesus choosing his disciples. But here in Luke, the people are wondering in their hearts if John (the Baptist) could possibly be the Christ. This is his reply, to set them straight. (Did John have some special ability to know their thoughts? Perhaps he was just very wise and perceptive). While John’s baptism, with water, pointed symbolically to the cleansing Christ would bring, he knew this water could not save them. John told them to bear fruit in keeping with repentence, to show they were ready to receive the Son of God. Jesus would clean their hearts with fire, with the purification and power of the Holy Spirit. This was something no one else could do – only the God Man, Jesus, who would lay down his life for us, and pour His Spirit out on all believers. And just how this all works is a mystery! But I am so thankful it does.

I also love the reference to sandals here. This ‘untieing’ would normally be done by a lowly servant, who would then go on to wash the feet of the wearer. John the Baptist says he is not even worthy of being a lowly, foot washing servant in comparison with the Messiah.
How I need to remember this, and not treat the Saviour of the universe, the one who baptises with FIRE, as my servant.

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4 thoughts on “Baptism of Fire in Luke 3:16”

  1. For my testimony, The baptism of the holy spirit referenced in Luke 3:16 and Matthew 3:11 was physical. It left me marked on both of my feet in reference to Gal. 6:17. I have medical documents stating that the burns came from within me outwards through my feet. This came at a time in my life that I was in question of God and his works and would not speak of my uncle’s testimony which I was the only witness.This happened in 2009 and since then God has walked me through helping save others and working with children and the youth.

  2. That is so true. I have got a lot of criticism for my testimony like saying that I marked myself (way too much pain for attention) or that it must have been something I done, to even doubting that God would choose me. In my defense, I clearly state that in the end, It was God that chose me and sealed me more so than I chose God at that time. If anyone would be interested in reading my testimony, please leave an email address and I will get that over to you.

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