1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11/ Acts 1:6-14/ John 17:1-19
In the World, Yet Not of the World
Jesus and John the Baptist
What is the difference between Jesus and John the Baptist? It is very possible I have already told you this. A lot of scholars believe that Jesus used to be John’s disciple, which means they started from the same theological position. They both preached about the kingdom of Heaven (or “kingdom of God”), and believed in spiritual purity. The reason why Jesus left John’s group and started a new movement is explained in the difference between those two.
What did Jesus do that John didn’t do? John and every religious sect that stayed in the desert away from the villages and towns did so because they believed that they had to be separated from the society in order to maintain spiritual purity. Jesus, on the other hand, believed that God’s people should live in the society, yet not belong to it.