Bible Studies, The Gospels

John’s Description of Christ

Matthew 3:11-12, Mark 1:7-8, and Luke 3:15-18

Warning of the Kingdom of Heaven

  1. The warning was telling them that Salvation is here.  The savior king is coming and he will transform their hearts and purify their lives.
  2. The warning is that judgment is near.  The righteous judge is close, his wrath is imminent, and his punishment is eternal.

What John Knew About the Gospel

  1. It is good news when someone wakes you up and says, “Quick the hotel is on fire, but there is still time.  I will show you how to get out.” The gospel must always contain a warning of God’s wrath: “The chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.“
  2. And what tremendously good news it is that the way to be forgiven our sin and escape God’s wrath is just to rest in his free mercy.
  3. And notice that it is good news to be exhorted to live a certain way.

Why is it Good News to be Told How to Live?

  1. There is a kind of fruit that testifies to the health of a tree.
  2. The way of obedience is the way of joy.

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