John 4:2

Although Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples (kaitoige Ihsou auto ouk ebaptizen all oi maqhtai autou). Parenthetical explanation that applies also to John 3:22 . Imperfect tense means that it was not the habit of Jesus. This is the only N.T. instance of kaitoige (and yet indeed), compound conjunction (kaitoi in Acts 14:17 ; Hebrews 4:3 ) with intensive particle ge added. This is the last mention of baptism under the direction of Jesus till the Great Commission ( Matthew 28:19 ). It is possible that Jesus stopped the baptizing because of the excitement and the issue raised about his Messianic claims till after his resurrection when he enjoined it upon his disciples as a rite of public enlistment in his service.

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