The Congruency of ‘Johannine’ and Christian Baptism

"Thus we read that the Spirit was given to the Prophets.   Not that on other occasions they lacked it, but that the power of the Spirit was more fully exerted in them when the hand of God as it were brought them into public view for the discharge of their Office.

"We must observe therefore the manner in which Luke connects the two clauses — he ‘was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied.’   This implies that divine inspiration at that time rested upon him in an extraordinary measure — in consequence of which he did not speak like a man or private person, but all that he uttered was heavenly instruction.   Thus, also Paul connects ‘Prophecy’ with the Spirit.   ‘Quench not the Spirit; despise not Prophesyings [alias forthtellings of God’s Word]!’   First Thessalonians 5:19-20.   This teaches us that to despise instruction, is to ‘quench’ the light of ‘the Spirit.’