And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
As the men and women came to the wilderness to listen to this itinerant preacher many claimed salvation because they were seeds of Abraham. Because of their beliefs that they were the chosen they were the saved of God John called them a generation of vipers. Because they thought their salvation was determined by them being descendants of Abraham. Their hope of heaven was based on their lineage, of being the chosen nation. Many felt acceptable to God because they had undergone a religious ritual, that of circumcision. They felt the righteousness of their fathers had saved them. So many today have their faith in the church and not Christ, because you member of a certain church, or because you are on the deacon board. It seems so many have the form of godliness but deny the power. There is a great deal of this looking to one's stock or to one's surroundings as a hope of heaven. One thinks that his mother's prayers will save him. being a member of good standing in the church will save them. Another is because of who their Daddy or granddaddy in the church was. And another, which his being included in a good congregation, will sweep him over danger. Every expectation of this sort is even more foolish than the confidence of the Jews in their earthly parentage. Begin not to say anything of the kind in your heart as a source of hope; and if you
have begun to say it, quit it forthwith, and find something to rest in that will stand the test to which your faith must finally be subjected. Jesus said, “the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire”.
John the Baptist the son of Zacharias was the forerunner of Jesus our Lord. John was not that light that was the light of men but was just a voice crying in the wilderness. John was a child of promise born in the city of Judah when his parents were old, and his mother long past years of conception. He was the harbinger of our Christ who’s shoes he was not worthy to latchet. He baptized in all the country around about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; The Book of Isaiah says of the prophet, he was “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight”.
5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Oh Bless His name!
Now you know the story of the greatest man born among men, how he forsook priestly robes for camel hair skins, no sumptuous diet for John his food was wild honey and locust, he preached not from a lofty pulpit nor temple with stain glass windows, no John preached among the brambles and bushes in the plains of Jordan. Now John only had one message and that message was repent! Salvation is all about repentance and you can’t bear fruit in your life unless you have repented. There can be no salvation, growth or fruit unless you repent. J. Vernon McGee Said,
“You can't turn to God without turning from something. (When you turn to anything, you turn from something else.) When you turn to God, you turn from sin -- and that is repentance.” And repentance is turning form the direction you were going and turn in the opposite direction.
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