Word of the day: Matthew 3 vs 7-8 – Repentance is not enough
Caption: Repentance is not enough
Matthew 3:7-8 – NKJV – But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.
Matthew 3:7-8 – NLT – But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch him baptize, he denounced them. “You brood of snakes!” he exclaimed. “Who warned you to flee the coming wrath? Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.
Matthew 3:7-8 – AMP – But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the [divine] wrath and judgment to come? So produce fruit that is consistent with repentance [demonstrating new behavior that proves a change of heart, and a conscious decision to turn away from sin];
Matthew 3:7-8 – MSG – When John realized that a lot of Pharisees and Sadducees were showing up for a baptismal experience because it was becoming the popular thing to do, he exploded: “Brood of snakes! What do you think you’re doing slithering down here to the river? Do you think a little water on your snakeskins is going to make any difference? It’s your life that must change, not your skin!
Matthew 3:7-8 – ESV – But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.
The Yoruba version of Matthew 3:7-8
Matteu – 7 Ṣugbọn nigbati o ri ọ̀pọ awọn Farisi ati Sadusi wá si baptismu rẹ̀, o wi fun wọn pe, Ẹnyin ọmọ paramọlẹ, tali o kìlọ fun nyin lati sá kuro ninu ibinu ti mbọ̀? 8. Nitorina, ẹ so eso ti o yẹ fun ironupiwada:
Key: A lot of times like the Pharisees and Sadducees we try to clean up our mess. We do surface cleansing which doesn’t make any difference in our lives. Repentance from sin is good but it is not enough; we must have a change of live, exhibiting the fruits of the spirit as seen in Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Action Cue: Consistent and constant self examination through God’s word will help us dig deep and make deep rooted change.