CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LAW
ILLUSTRATED BY JOHN
© 2008 John H Mattox
Our theory that John, the Baptist, was a type of the law
is supported by the details of John's ministry, which graphically
illustrate the characteristics of the law. Let us consider these
- John came proclaiming himself to be "a voice of one crying in
the wilderness. Make straight the way of the Lord." One
important purpose of the law was to establish straight or
righteous ways for Jesus to walk in so that his
righteousness might be beyond question.
- Those who came to John confessing their sins, he
symbolically put to death in baptism. The law offers
nothing but condemnation and death to the guilty sinner.
See Matthew 3:5-6.
- To the Pharisees and Sadducees who wished to be
baptized, John said in Matthew 3:8: "Bring
forth fruits meet for repentance." Law demands fruits,
but is powerless to produce them. That which
the law demands is produced in the believer as
the fruit of the Spirit.