He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Matthew 3:1-12

New International Version
3:1 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming,

3:2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

3:3 This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'”

3:4 Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.

3:5 Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan,

3:6 and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

3:7 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

3:8 Bear fruit worthy of repentance.

3:9 Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.

3:10 Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

3:11 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

3:12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

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One Response to “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

  1. Bernardette says:

    “The voice of one crying in the wilderness”. Aren’t we all in this time and age. This is exactly how I feel sometimes like a voice crying in the wilderness. Yet John is telling us to make way for the Lord, and making his paths straight. This is our call, to bear good fruit, to live our baptism like Jesus did, for HE does not baptize us with water and repentance, but with the Holy Spirit and fire. The Holy Spirit is what we need to make way for others to come and recognize Him. He has done all the difference in my life. This is what I pray: “Please Holy Spirit make way and anoint, those around me with your fire and love, let them experience your love and renew what they received when they where still babies, and that is You. You make all the difference! Also renew our parishes, our church and friends with the Holy Spirit and fire”.

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