d. The Regenerated People
Becoming the Bride of Christ as His Increase
22 After these things, Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He spent some time with them and abaptized.
23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people came and were baptized;
24 For aJohn had not yet been thrown into prison.
25 There arose therefore a questioning on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about apurification.
26 And they came to John and said to him, Rabbi, He who was with you aacross the Jordan, of whom you have btestified, behold, He is cbaptizing and all are coming to Him.
27 John answered and said, A man cannot receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven.
28 You yourselves testify of me that I said, aI am not the Christ, but I have been sent before Him.
29 aHe who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices with joy because of the bridegroom's voice. This joy of mine therefore is made full.
30 He must 1increase, but I must decrease.