John 1:33

He said (ekeino eipen). Explicit and emphatic pronoun as in verse Luke 8 , referring to God as the one who sent John (verse Luke 6 ). With the Holy Spirit (en pneumati agiwi). "In the Holy Spirit." Here again one needs the background of the Synoptics for the contrast between John's baptism in water ( John 1:26 ) and that of the Messiah in the Holy Spirit ( Mark 1:8 ; Matthew 3:11 ; Luke 3:16 ).