Luke 3:7-8 ” John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, We have Abraham as our father.’ “

John the Baptist came preaching repentance.  His baptism was a ritual symbolizing spiritual cleansing through the forgiveness of sins to those who repented and believed the gospel, and also prepared the Jews for the coming Messiah.  But many in the crowd took offense, wanting rather to put their trust in their lineage or “pedigree” for their righteousness.  But it tells us in Galatians 3:6-7,  “Consider Abraham: ‘He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’  Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.”  We will never get to heaven on the shirt-tails of our Godly father, or on the apron-strings of our prayer warrior grandmother.  No, the only way is by putting our faith and trust in Jesus Christ…and it’s only through repentance and forgiveness of our sins that we have the promise of eternal life.

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