Salvation Is Not From John the Baptist
John the Baptist was an incredibly important person during the gospel times. He came as the third person bearing witness to Jesus and prepared for Jesus's ministry by telling the Jews to repent. John the Baptist was the greatest prophet there ever was.(Luke 7:28.) John's coming was even prophesied, in Isaiah 40:3-5, Malachi 3:1, and Malachi 4:5.
Yet John the Baptist does not provide salvation. If John the Baptist never existed, salvation by doing the will of God(Matthew 7:21, Matthew 12:50, Mark 3:35.) would still exist. If we only listened to John the Baptist, we would all be damned.
In fact, John did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah.
Yet, John was a prophet who received prophecy from God. John was in conflict with God regarding the messiah because John was only a prophet who did not understand the will of God.
And that is the difference between Jesus and the prophets. Jesus understood and therefore did the will of his Father, God. John, even though he was a prophet, did not understand the will of God. He merely did as he was told, just like every single previous prophet in the Bible.
Thus, John was the greatest prophet: He paved the way for the messiah. But John did not do the will of God, which is the sole requirement needed to become a sibling to Jesus. Jesus once said when denouncing his own Earthly family,
And it is by doing the will of God that a person enters into the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said,
Thus, we find John was a great prophet. But he is no brother of ours. He did not do the will of God, and thus he is outside the gospel of Jesus Christ, and outside the kingdom of God. This is the same conclusion that Jesus had about John, saying,
For those in the kingdom of God, for those doing the will of God, we do not need outside instruction because we understand the will of God. And the will of God is simple. Jesus told us it.
Nothing on this Earth matters except for the result: The resurrection of an individual at the last day. That is why the Parable of the Prodigal Son is especially poignant to us today. While the son was in the far country, he was not obeying the will of his father, which was "to come home." The prodigal son could have set up a multibillion dollar industry, but in the eyes of his father, he was still dead. The prodigal son could have set up building and organizations to espouse his father's name and make him known internationally and do many good things in his father's name, but he would still have been doing his own will, not the father's will, which is still the same, "to come home." No, it took the son to hate his life in the far country for him to go home to his father. Just as we need to do today to do the will of God, just as Jesus said,
John the Baptist, as a prophet, listened to God and did was he was told. Yet, he did not do the will of God, and thus he is not a child of God. John will probably be resurrected at the last day, but not as a brother to Jesus or us. He will be a servant of God, because he did what he was told, but did not do the will of God.
This is possibly the salvation path of all Jews, even modern day Jews, who do not listen to Jesus. They hold steadfast to the Law of Moses. But Moses wasn't perfect in his understanding of God. Consider this exchange by Jesus and the Pharisees:
Jesus, who knew the will of God, understood marriage to be a one-time event. Moses, who didn't know the will of God, changed the law of God to fit his own vision. Since Moses didn't understand the will of God, John the Baptist and the rest of his people cannot possibly be the children of God, and thus they cannot tell us how to be resurrected at the last day.
It is as Jesus said,