And there went out to him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan…
Steps towards conversion.
1. To seek an enlightened guide.
2. To open our heart to him, by acquainting him with our manner of life.
3. To receive directions concerning repentance from him.
4. To baptize ourselves, as it were, by his advice, in tears and works of mortification.It is an instinct and a duty which is, so to speak, natural, for a man to confess his sins, and to humble himself for them, when once he is touched with a true contrition; but to do this is not at all natural to human pride. Repentance is a pool, or rather a river, which carries our impurities far from us, so as never to be resumed again. Lord, Thou art the only one who can put us into it!
Parallel VersesKJV: And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
WEB: All the country of Judea and all those of Jerusalem went out to him. They were baptized by him in the Jordan river, confessing their sins.