Matthew 3:7-12

7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

11“I baptize you with[b] water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

One response to “Matthew 3:7-12

  1. Harsh words, but full of truth. There is no merit in religious pedigree. Relying on the faith and righteousness of our parents is a form of hypocrisy and carries no favor with God. John’s message is that each of us must produce and bear fruit and that every tree that claims to be in Christ and does not bear fruit will be torn down.

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