John the Baptist knew 3 things that prompted and strengthen his spiritual growth:
- John the Baptist knew who he was.
- John the Baptist knew who he was not!
- John the Baptist knew who Jesus was.
“ONE MAN WITH CONVICTION OVERWHELMS A HUNDRED WHO HAVE ONLY OPINIONS”Winston Churchill
John 3:27 “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.”
John knew that Jesus was from heaven and received from heaven His anointing and calling. The apostle James echoes this truth:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of Light with whom there is not variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17 NKJV
Paul told the Romans not to think of themselves more highly than they ought but to think soberly, “as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” Romans 12:3
John 3:28 “…I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before Him.”
Jesus said of John the Baptist: “… I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist” Matthew 11:11a
The Baptizer clarifies his allegiance to Jesus:
“He who has the bride is the bridegroom, but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore, this joy of mine is fulfilled.” John 3:29
John’s love for Jesus knew no bounds. He clamored to hear the Redeemer’s voice. Hearing the voice of Jesus gave him great joy! This should be our position and quest.
John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease”
John tells us in this text that Jesus came from above and shares with us what He has seen and heard. “All who receive His account certifies that God is true.” John declares that Jesus speaks the Words His Father has given Him and that He has received the Spirit without measure. Consider Jesus’ instruction in John 14:26.
“…the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name,
He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
The words Jesus spoke to His disciples are words to us as well. Only by the power of the Holy Spirit can we decrease so He can increase. We must clamor to hear His voice.
Finally, in verses 16 and 18, John the Baptist confirms the truth we know from John 3:16–17.
“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life and He who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides in him.”