John the Baptist practiced a baptism of repentance in anticipation of the coming of Christ ( Matthew 3: 11-12 ) by immersion of followers in the river. Baptism is a new law of the Gospel Church, of which though I be the Head ( Jesus ), yet I must be conformed to the members of it, concerning which my Father’s will is, that they should be baptized with water, as well as with the Holy Spirit. Besides that, I am to put an end to the Jewish typical circumcision, and to put a new face upon the Church, by institution of another sacrament of initiation. It is therefore both just and equal that I should be baptized ( though not for those ends for which others that are my members are baptized, not for remission of sins ) but, for the fulfilling of all righteousness, in obeying my Father’s will.
Jesus allowed John to baptize him, because he knew His Father’s will concerning the salvation of humanity; therefore, the essence of the conception of John was part of the” package ” in that process.”
But the Angel said to him, do not be afraid, Zacharias, because your petition (in prayer) was heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. You will have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice over the birth, for he will be great and distinguished in the sight of the Lord, and will never drink wine or liquor, and he will be filled with and empowered to act by the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb. He will turn many of the sons of Israel back ( from sin ) to ( love and serve ) the Lord their God. It is he who will go as a forerunner before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous ( which is to seek and submit to the will of God ) in order, to make ready a people ( perfectly ) prepared ( spiritually and morally ) for the Lord ” – Luke 1: 13 – 17.
” Then he allowed him “: he that erred through ignorance will correct his error upon better information ( doctrine ) – Hosea 4: 6 ” My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge “. We may learn from this example of Christ, that being baptized with the Holy Ghost will excuse none for contempt or neglect of baptism by water, because it is the revealed will of God, that all the members of His body ( his Church ) should come under that ordinance, so as there is a fulfilling of righteousness in our case, as well as in Christ’s, though in a different measure.