From someone who read the original Greek over 1,600 years ago, there wasn't an inkling of thought that the voice was heard by John only. In fact, the voice confirms to everyone else that Jesus greater than John the Baptist.
Is that right?
Is that wrong? I quoted it twice. Look up St John Chrysostom, if you are unfamiliar with him.
Ok. I'm very confused by that quote from St. John Chrysostom. I admit I have NO IDEA what he is talking about.
I'll pick the first English translation on Biblos but please go to Bibos or another site to compare translations.
Jesus the Lamb of God
29The next day
John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
32Then John gave this testimony: “I saw
the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”
Jesus’ First Disciples
35The next day
John was there again with two of his disciples. 36When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus
. 38Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”
39“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.
40Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42And he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peterj).
Now ask yourself, if everyone knew who Jesus was AT HIS BAPTISM, then why don't they know it the following day, and the day after that, except that John TELLS them?
Notice also there is no voice recorded in this gospel.
The Baptism of Jesus
13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
16As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw
the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
This is interesting because in this gospel John recognizes Jesus BEFORE baptizing him. In contrast to the other three gospels.
The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus
9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw
heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
the Spirit sent him out into the desert, 13and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
Notice it is always "he" saw, not "they". And notice that Jesus departs straight for the wilderness.
The Baptism and Genealogy of Jesus
21When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying
, heaven was opened 22and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Please notice that this time it happens when Jesus is praying, not during his baptism.
Do any of the gospels testify to the fact that people were alerted to Jesus's status as the Messiah at his baptism?
Or do they say that John was cognizant of it? And then John told others.
Lets assume that the gospel of John has it wrong. And lets even assume for one crazy second that the gospels that say "he saw" are wrong and mistranslated from "they saw". Now even in that situation, we still don't see anyone chasing after Jesus following his baptism. Don't you think that if they found out Jesus was the Messiah at his baptism they would have gathered around him and started to follow him and ask him questions?
But according to three gospels he goes out into the wilderness harassed by no one. In John's gospel he starts his ministry after his baptism when John announces him.
So tell me how it is that you arrive at the conclusion that this event at his baptism was experienced by all those present and not just experienced by John?