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Comment of Mt. 3:14-15 implying John the Baptist knew who Jesus was and John 1:32-33 where he says he did not know Jesus. Does the Holy Spirit descending on Jesus have something to do with the answer?
When John 1:32-33 says that John the baptist knew him [Jesus] not, it does
not mean they were not acquainted. Their mother's were cousins (Luke 1:36
KJV) or kinswomen (Luke 1:36 ASV). John and Jesus were in the same family.
They knew each other. Still, John did not know that Jesus was the Messiah.
He knew him to be a exceptionally good person -- a righteous man. Jesus, in
his own family, was known as pure and dutiful. When he came to John to be
baptized of him, John protested because of Jesus' reputation, but not because
he did not know who he was. John knew Jesus, but did not know that Jesus
was the Messiah until the Spirit came upon Jesus following his baptism.