Matthew 3:11 - pointing to Pentecost?

This passage - John the Baptist in Matt. 3:11 mentions someone greater than him will baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

I had a discussion with someone about this pointing to Pentecost, and they said it did not - but looking for more perspective.

Thanks

Markie Boy.

Keep in mind that Confirmation is the completion of Baptism.

Also keep in mind that Confirmation is your “Personal Pentecost”.

I am of the opinion that Matthew 3:11 IS a reference to Pentecost (and thus Confirmation).

I am sorry, but I can’t defend this position (yet).

I just came to this conclusion from reading and praying the Scriptures long ago. (I may be wrong here)

(If somebody here has supporting or for that matter contradicting evidence, I’d be open to it)

God bless.

Cathoholic

Possibly!

D-R Bible, Haydock Commentary:

Ver. 11. My baptism is only calculated to lead you to a penitential life, and not to give you true justice; but he who comes after me, is stronger than I, and whose shoes I am not worthy to carry: (it was customary with the attendant slave to carry a change of shoes for his master) he will baptize you in the Holy Ghost, and in the fire of his divine charity, which he will infuse into your hearts, to purify you from all your sins. (Bible de Vence) — Here St. John tacitly insinuates the divinity of Jesus Christ. He acknowledges his unworthiness, and it is this his humility that makes him the more acceptable to God, “I ought to be baptized by thee, and comest thou to me?” (Tirinus) — Whose shoes I am not worthy to carry. In St. Mark, (chap. i. 7.) and in St. Luke, (iii. 21.) we read, the latchet of whose shoes . . . I am not worthy to untie. The sense is the same, and St. John might use both these expressions. His meaning is, that he was not worthy to do him the least, or the lowest service. —** He shall baptize you in, or with the Holy Ghost, i.e. by his baptism, he will give you the remission of your sins, and the graces of the Holy Ghost, signified also by fire, which may allude to the coming of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost, in the shape of fiery tongues. (Witham)**

. . . . and the graces of the Holy Ghost, signified also by fire, which may allude to the coming of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost, in the shape of fiery tongues. (Witham)

Thanks Thistle.

Thank you Thistle!

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