The Congruency of ‘Johannine’ and Christian Baptism

Thereafter, the divinely-unique and humanly-sinless child Jesus Himself  "grew and waxed strong in Spirit" and "increased in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man."807   Too, when about thirty years of age, after the Holy Spirit descended on Him at His water-baptism808 — He was "full of the Holy Ghost" and "returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee."809  

128.  John the Baptizer filled with the Spirit from his mother’s womb                           The Newer Testament, then, would start when John the Baptizer "would be filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother’s womb."   Thereafter, he "would go out ahead of Jesus — in the Spirit and power of Elijah."   Luke 1:15-17.                                               Comments Calvin regarding John the Baptizer:810  "The power and grace of the Spirit will appear in him not only when he shall enter upon his public employment, but even from the womb he shall excel in the gifts of the Spirit….   The power of the Spirit, I acknowledge, did operate in John while he was yet in his mother’s womb….   John, even when a child, would be…accompanied by extraordinary commendation of the grace of God…and very uncommon abundance of the gifts of the Spirit….