[reference: “The Holy Bible: (New Testament) Chinese and English Bi-lingual Edition”;
The Gideons International (2008); The New King James Version]
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“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance… ”
2. … the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
7. Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him. “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”
8. “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
9. “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.”
10. So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?”
11. He answered and said to them,
“He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none;
and he who has food, let him do likewise.”
12. Then tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?”
13. And he said to them,
“Collect no more than what is appointed for you.”
14. Likewise the soldiers asked him saying, “And what shall we do?”
So he said to them.
“Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely,
and be content with your wages.”
15. Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John, whether he was the Christ or not.
16. John answered, saying to all,
“I indeed baptize you with water;
but One mightier than I is coming,
whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
I guess they’re saying the ultimate test of true human absolution of guilt is to be able to bring to fruition children and successors of a certain contributive value.
John of Zacharias was angry that the people around him did not do enough to achieve but yet knew enough to runaway from the consequential wrath. He found the people to be guilty of benefiting from the successful work of others yet not putting forward enough of themselves to repay what they have enjoyed.
:: Your contribution is proved in the results achieved
and not in what you have;
face up to your failings or give away your excesses ::
Sometimes called ”False Confidence” sometimes called “The Right Attitude”
(source#1: MD Junction.com – online support forum with the aim of ‘People Helping People’
source# 2: blog Through the Looking Glass)