In this section we see what John the Baptist would later proclaim, and it is this, Jesus would increase while he himself decreased. In this chapter of John’s gospel we begin to see this come to pass with the defection of Andrew and Peter and others as they leave John to follow after the Lamb of God.
In this study the apostle Paul wants the reader to see the importance and example of Abraham and how God accounted him righteous because of his faith in God’s promises and before the Law covenant was established many years later.
“And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and he rested on him. I didn’t know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The one you see the Spirit descending and resting on—he is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’”
“But to the one who does not work, but believes on him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited for righteousness. Just as David also speaks of the blessing of the person to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: Blessed are those whose lawless acts are forgiven and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the person the Lord will never charge with sin.”
God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished…
Did you forget that all of us became part of Christ Jesus when we were baptized? In our baptism we shared in his death. So when we were baptized, we were buried with Christ and took part in his death. And just as Christ was raised from death by the wonderful power of the Father, so we can now live a new life.