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Spirit settles, Father commends | Matt. 3:16-17

16 After He was baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and settling on Him, 17 and behold, a voice from the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew 3:16-17 (NASB)

Baptism of Jesus

Jesus went to John to be baptized as we saw yesterday. John agreed to this seemingly strange request. Baptism is, as it is here, a submerging of the body under the water then coming back up. It symbolizes a complete washing or change. Today it is done as a testimony of repentance and faith in Christ. Jesus did it, not for repentance or cleansing, but to fulfill all righteousness. He did it also for a sign.

Spirit settling, Father commending

When Jesus came up out of the water, the Spirit of God, the 3rd person of the trinity, descended on Him and settled on Him. At the same time, the Father spoke audibly declaring Jesus is His beloved Son. He also spoke words that any child wants to hear, “I am very pleased with you (Him).”  Spurgeon states, “It was the Spirit of God who gave success to Jesus Christ’s ministry.”


So why was Jesus baptized? To fulfill all righteousness. But also a sign. All could see the dove descending and even the blind could hear the voice. John the Baptist, is quoted by the author John: “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 33 And I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:32-34)


We also see quite clearly in this event the presence of each person of the trinity of God. The Father is commending the Son on whom the Spirit settles. This is a key verse supporting the doctrine of the trinity.


  • Have you heard these words from your father? If you have, consider yourself blessed. It doesn’t happen often. If you’ve heard your father say, “I love you”, consider yourself double-blessed. If you haven’t, know that your Heavenly Father is communicating this to all His children who seek relationship with Him and bring Him glory.
  • Got questions about the trinity, send a message or add a comment.
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