Clarification


cchrisholland

When John the Baptist began preaching about the kingdom, his words were received in different ways. He preached about repentance and a lifestyle that reflected a change of direction. Specific groups of people even asked what the “fruit of repentance” was for them (tax collectors, soldiers, etc. Luke 3:10-14). However, with the religious leaders, the conversation was different and John spoke directly to the heart of the matter:

“And do not think to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” – Matthew 3:9-10 NKJV

The leaders’ problem was a sense of entitlement. Throughout the gospel accounts, the spirit of entitlement would prevent…

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