Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance;
and do not assume that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our
father’; for I tell you that God is able, from these stones, to raise up children for Abraham.
And the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore, every tree that does not bear good fruit is being cut down and thrown into the fire.
'As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.'
Then Jesus *arrived from Galilee at the Jordan, coming
to John to be baptized by him.
But John tried to prevent Him, saying, 'I have the
need to be baptized by You, and yet
You are coming to me?'
But Jesus, answering, said to him, 'Allow it
at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.' Then he *allowed Him.
After He was baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and
settling on Him,
and behold, a voice from the heavens said, 'This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.'