Did Jesus take away our sins in the baptism of John?

Category: Sin and the Cross
Description: A current unusual teaching making the rounds is that Jesus took the sins of the world upon Himself in the baptism of John.

​A current unusual teaching making the rounds is that Jesus took the sins of the world upon Himself in the baptism of John. He was able to freely heal and minister to the multitudes because He had already taken their sins. The teaching comes from the following:

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (Jn. 1:29)

The teacher of this doctrine supposes that John’s statement became reality when Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan. This is quite a leap, and a very wrong conclusion. The idea is based upon the Old Testament story of the scape goat. The priests would lay their hands on the scape goat and send their sins off into the wilderness. (Lev. 16:21-22) It is supposed that this was a type and shadow of Jesus being led by the Spirit into the wilderness with the sins of the whole world. However, there are several major flaws with this teaching.

First of all, the story in Leviticus begins with two goats being chosen. (see Lev. 16:7-19) The first goat is sacrificed as a sin offering. “Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail…” (v. 15) After the sin offering is complete, hands are laid on the scape goat and it is sent into the wilderness. Notice the order of events: first the sacrificial goat and second, the scape goat.

Before Jesus could fulfill the ‘type’ of the scape goat and carry our sins into the lowest parts of the earth, He must first be the sacrificial goat. “The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isa. 53:5) “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree.” (1 Pet. 2:24)

Jesus did not take our sins in the waters of baptism. He took them on the cross. How, then, did He minister to a fallen world if sin was still in the way? “But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.” (Mk 2:10-11)

Jesus had power on earth to forgive sins. His righteousness overcame the obstacle of sin. His authority was a function of His righteousness. Jesus was not carrying the sins of the world as He ministered, and He didn’t leave them somewhere in the wilderness. He became the sacrificial lamb on the cross, and then descended into the lowest parts of the earth, thus fulfilling both types in the proper order.

Barry Bennett

Are all men ‘born again?’

​There is a new doctrine infiltrating the body of Christ that declares that all humans who have been born after the resurrection of Jesus have been born without the fallen Adamic nature. They have been ‘born again’ in Christ by virtue of simply being born after redemption was complete. It is said that the epistles of the New Testament were directed to the ‘transitional man,’ and not to those born after the cross. This transitional generation included those born before the cross and who still had the Adamic nature. They and they alone had to believe in Christ in order to be born again. All who were born into this world after the cross are by default born again and have the very nature of God within according to this teaching.

Several observations:

1.Why is this never stated in the New Testament, either by Jesus or any other New Testament writer? Would not this have been incredibly important information to have revealed to future generations?

2. Why did Jesus say that repentance was to be preached among all nations beginning in Jerusalem? (Luke 24:47) If repentance was only necessary for the transitional man, why didn’t Jesus make this clear? He knew that the disciples would not reach the whole world in their lifetimes.

3. Why did Peter indicate that repentance for the remission of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit was for ‘their children and to all that are afar off,’ if Jesus knew that all who would be born after His resurrection would need no repentance in order to receive the promise of the Spirit?

4. All men are included in Christ’s redemptive work, but not all men are in Christ. That is why Jesus commanded that the gospel be preached in all the world, and Paul declared that all men should repent. (Acts 17:30)

We are born again by the Word of God which we ‘hear,’ believe and confess unto salvation.

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Ro 10:8-10)

This is the born again experience. We hear the Word, believe the Word, confess the Word and are born again by the Word.

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (1 Pet. 1:23)

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. (1 John 5:1)

All men were in Adam by natural birth. Men can only be in Christ by spiritual re-birth. This is a result of faith.​

Barry Bennett