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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    The Full Good News

    “Everyone was expecting the Messiah to come soon, and they were eager to know whether John might be the Messiah. John answered their questions by saying, “I baptize you with water; but someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

    He is ready to separate the chaff from the wheat with his winnowing fork. Then he will clean up the threshing area, gathering the wheat into his barn but burning the chaff with never-ending fire.” John used many such warnings as he announced the Good News to the people.” (Luke 3:15-18)


    I read this during my regular Bible-reading time last night and something jumped out at me. I noticed it was recorded and considered as part of the Good News (in this case John the Baptist is preaching) Jesus would both the “baptize you with the Holy Spirit” and “gather the wheat into his barn” in addition to baptizing “with fire” and “burn the chaff with never-ending fire”. BOTH are part of the Good News.

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    Reader Comments (2)

    Hmm. I wouldn't say that this is saying saving some people and sending others to Hell is both Good News. Rather, it says John gave people warnings while he was sharing the Good News. In other words, accept the Good News or else, not that both parts are Good News.

    February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRev. Stephen R. Wilson

    I guess I saw it more like the Psalms, when David reminds God's people that the righteous will be alright, but those who do evil will come to an end. Not that I rejoice in knowing that many will go to Hell, "For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord GOD. “Therefore, repent and live.” (Ezekiel 18:32). But it is good news (and a warning) that evil deeds and those who do them will not always be around to hurt others.

    February 23, 2012 | Registered CommenterA Christian

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