I. The Beginning of the Gospel and
the Initiation of the Slave-Savior
A. The Beginning of the Gospel --
By the Ministry of the Forerunner
1. As Prophesied
1 The 1beginning of the 2gospel of 3Jesus Christ, 4the aSon of God,
2 1Even as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: a"Behold, 2I send My 3messenger before 4Your face, who will 5prepare Your way,
3 aA 1voice of one crying in the 2wilderness: 3Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths.''
2. Preaching the Baptism of Repentance
4 aJohn 1came baptizing in the 2bwilderness and preaching a 3cbaptism of drepentance 4for eforgiveness of sins.
5 And all the aregion of 1Judea went out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were 2baptized by him in the 3Jordan River, as they bconfessed their sins.
6 And John was 1clothed in camel's ahair and had a leather girdle around his loins, and he ate blocusts and wild choney.
3. Introducing the Slave-Savior
7 And he preached, saying, 1aHe who is stronger than I comes after me, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
8 I have baptized you in 1awater, but He Himself will baptize you in the Holy 1bSpirit.