Part 8: John the Baptist & Forgiveness

The Gospels record in original Hebrew that in Matthew 3:7 & 11, Yochanan the Immerser, who we know as John the Baptist, called out to all, to seek teshuvah for the forgiveness of their sins.

7“Children of vipers!  Who enlightened you to be rescued from wrath that will ultimately come?  So, then, produce the fruit that is fitting for teshuvah.”

11 “See, I am immersing you in water for teshuvah, but the one coming after me is mightier than I am, whose sandals I am unworthy to carry, and he will immerse you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”  The Delitzsche Hebrew Gospels: A Hebrew/English Translation, ©2011 by Vine of David, (vineofdavid.org) a publishing ministry of First Fruits of Zion, Inc., p. 9.

Likewise in Mark 1:4:

“Yochanan [John] was immersing in the wilderness and announcing the immersion of teshuvah for forgiveness of sins.”  The Delitzsche Hebrew Gospels: A Hebrew/English Translation, p. 125.

And in Luke 3:8:

 “You children of vipers!  Who enlightened you to escape the coming wrath?  So then, produce the fruit that is fitting for teshuvah.”  The Delitzsche Hebrew Gospels: A Hebrew/English Translation, p. 213.

John the Baptist roamed the Judean wilderness declaring a teshuvah based repentance; not “If you believe then you are forgiven!” Instead it was: “Repent!” a call for teshuvah.

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