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Part One

IV.

T

he

S

pirit of

C

hrist

in

the

F

ullness of

T

ime

John, precursor, prophet, and baptist

717

“There was a man sent from God, whose name was

John.”

89

John was “filled with the Holy Spirit even from his

mother’s womb”

90

by Christ himself, whom the Virgin Mary had

just conceived by the Holy Spirit. Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth

thus became a visit from God to his people.

91

718

John is “Elijah [who] must come.”

92

The fire of the Spirit

dwells in him and makes him the forerunner of the coming Lord.

In John, the precursor, the Holy Spirit completes the work of

“[making] ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

93

719

John the Baptist is “more than a prophet.”

94

In him, the

Holy Spirit concludes his speaking through the prophets. John

completes the cycle of prophets begun by Elijah.

95

He proclaims

the imminence of the consolation of Israel; he is the “voice” of the

Consoler who is coming.

96

As the Spirit of truth will also do, John

“came to bear witness to the light.”

97

In John’s sight, the Spirit thus

brings to completion the careful search of the prophets and fulfills

the longing of the angels.

98

“He on whom you see the Spirit

descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.

And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of

God. . . . Behold, the Lamb of God.”

99

720

Finally, with John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit begins the

restoration to man of “the divine likeness,” prefiguring what he

would achieve with and in Christ. John’s baptism was for repen-

tance; baptism in water and the Spirit will be a new birth.

100

89

Jn

1:6.

90

Lk

1:15, 41.

91 Cf.

Lk

1:68.

92

Mt

17:10-13; cf.

Lk

1:78.

93

Lk

1:17.

94

Lk

7:26.

95 Cf.

Mt

11:13-14.

96

Jn

1:23; cf.

Isa

40:1-3.

97

Jn

1:7; cf.

Jn

15:26; 5:35.

98 Cf.

1 Pet

1:10-12.

99

Jn

1:33-36.

100 Cf.

Jn

3:5.

523

696

2684

536

535