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Mark 1:5

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.
Note 6 at Mark 1:5: This does not literally mean that all the people who lived in Judea and Jerusalem were baptized by John. Luke 7:29-30 shows that the Pharisees and lawyers of this area were not baptized by John. The word “all” is used here as a figure of speech, as in 1 Kings 11:16, Luke 2:1-3, and Acts 2:45. It is speaking of a part as if it were a whole. This is the same way we speak today. Example: “All the town (or everyone) will be at the parade.” Note 7 at Mark 1:5: Under John’s baptism, the people confessed their sins. In the church age of salvation, we confess the Lord Jesus as the payment for our sins (Romans 10:9). After salvation, we confess our sins for the purpose of receiving forgiveness and cleansing for our outer man (1 John 1:9). Compare with Acts 16:30-31.

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