People's Dictionary of the Bible
Forerunner. A person sent before an army or a noted person. Thus John the Baptist was a messenger who went beforehand to prepare the way of the Lord. Mark 1:2-3. And Christ is said to be "the forerunner for us," Hebrews 6:20, representing and introducing us. For, when as a priest he entered into the holy place, he went thither not for himself merely, but as the head and guide of his people, to open the way and conduct the whole church into his glory.
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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Forerunner'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/rpd/f/forerunner.html. 1893.