baptism of the spirit

Baptism of the Spirit

"I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit" (Mark 1:7).

The gospels reflect a struggle in the early church between the followers of John the Baptist and the followers of Jesus, which persisted into the first century. The evangelists make clear in their accounts that John never claimed to be the Messiah or that he sought the ultimate loyalty of his disciples. He was a precursor, someone sent by God to prepare the way for another, namely Jesus.