In Proposition 39, George Peters states:
“John the Baptist was not ignorant of the Kingdom that he preached.”
This seems like a rather obvious proposition to make; however, it is apparent that some believe John the Baptist preached something and urgent people to repent based on the arrival of something he was clueless about. Such an approach to John the Baptist treats him as some man of ignorance, an individual wholly out of touch with the doctrine of the kingdom which he was proclaiming. As Peters notes, such a belief system regarding John the Baptist is way off target. While John the Baptist may not have perhaps understood every nuance of the doctrine of the kingdom (and for that matter neither do we even at this stage of salvation history), to say he was conclusively unaware of even the overarching concept is a falsehood at best.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 39 is the following:
“Any theory of the Kingdom which makes the first great preacher of the Kingdom – a preacher specially prepared, sent, and inspired – ignorant of the leading subject that he was delegated, specifically commissioned to announce, is not only open to the gravest suspicion, but ought to be rejected as unworthy of God.”
Another strong statement provided by Peters in this observation and I have to give his comment a hearty round of support. As noted above, I find it hard to believe that some aver John the Baptist to have been just a mouthpiece for God, unable to grasp the dynamics of the message of the kingdom. This was after all what John the Baptist was called by God to be about doing so it does not hold water at all as a theological or logical premise to suggest he was on the no clue canoe so to speak regarding this doctrine. John the Baptist knew what he was declaring, he knew the importance of the message, and since it was his calling to preach this message, he did so with great passion and with understanding provided by God.