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Matthew 3:7–10 (ESV): "7 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? 8 Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father,' for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 10 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree, therefore, that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."
Presumptions are very dangerous. Even if we are right sometimes we can be wrong about things that matter the most. Many are presumptuous regarding salvation. What a horrible thing to be wrong about! Don't presume, examine your heart and make sure you are in the faith, test yourself (1 Cor 13:5) for assurance is found in a changed life (2 Cor 5:17).
John the Baptist came on the scene as the forerunner to Christ in the spirit and likeness of Elijah. He was sent to prepare the way for Jesus. He was bold and truthful about the message of salvation. He told the Pharisees that they were a "brood of vipers" which essentially means they were "sons of the serpent". He told them they were presumptuous about their salvation thinking they had obtained it through heritage and works. They were dead wrong! John calls them to repentance lest they be broken off from the branch and thrown into the fire (Rom 11).
In the last days, many folks will presume upon their salvation thinking they have something they don't. Jesus will say to them "Depart from Me I never knew you, you workers of lawlessness (Matt 7:22-23)." Don't make the mistake of thinking what you do will be enough to get you to heaven. Only faith in Jesus can save. Trust in NOTHING else lest you become part of the "brood of vipers" John spoke of. Repent and trust in Jesus, amen?
Father, we thank You for salvation in the name of Jesus. Thank You for giving us the faith to believe. May we never try and work our way to You but to rest in the finished work of Your Son who bled and died for us. We surrender our hearts to You now believing in the finished work of Your Son alone we pray in Jesus' name, amen!
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