Those who slander the truth say, “The Bible says when Jesus was baptized, He was about 30 years old, not exactly 30 years old.” Let’s find out why their insistence is contrary to the teachings of the Bible.
Do the words, “Jesus was about 30 years old,” mean “He was not 30 years old”?
Now all Christian churches teach that Jesus was?baptized?at the age of 30. Then, do they mean that all the Christian churches’ doctrine is wrong?
The most fundamental principle in understanding the Bible is the harmony between the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Sometimes, the New Testament shows things that were not revealed clearly in the Old Testament; and sometimes, the Old Testament shows things that were not revealed clearly in the New Testament. It is because the Old Testament is a shadow and the New Testament is its reality.
For example, when Elijah, a prophet in the Old Testament, prayed to God, it did not rain in Israel?(1 Ki 17:1), and it rained again on the third year?(1 Ki 18:1, 45). The accurate period of the drought is not recorded in the Old Testament. However, we can know that the period of the drought in the time of Elijah was three years and six months, as it is recorded like that in the New Testament?(Jas 5:17).
Like this, we can find the accurate answer when we study the words through both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The prophets of the Old Testament prophesied that Christ would sit on the throne of David?(Isa 9:6-7), and the prophecy was fulfilled by Jesus?(Lk 1:30-33).
- Isa 9:6-7?For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.?He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
- Luk 1:30-32?But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.?You will be with child and give birth to a son,?and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.?The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,
The fact that David, who represents Jesus Christ, sat on the throne at the age of 30 and began to reign is the absolute evidence that Jesus also began His ministry at the age of 30.
Therefore, it is a non-biblical insistence that Jesus was?baptized?when He was about 30 years old, not exactly 30 years old.
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