JOHN THE BAPTIST’S MESSAGE OF REPENTANCE AS A PRECURSOR TO SOCIETAL TRANSFORMATION (LK 3, 1-12)

Valentine Chukwu Jekwumbachi (PhD), Divine Maduka Abalogu (PhD)

Abstract


This article examines John the Baptist’s message of repentance as a precursor to societal transformation. The approach has been qualitative as it paves way for an in-depth exploration of words, ideas and meaning. The historical-critical method and contextual tools are used in interpretation of the Biblical text. The study reveals that repentance is not only a condition for salvation but is also as mandatory as faith. Without repentance, man’s other response to God lacks basic morality and sincerity.As a consequence of John’s message of repentance, there should be even distribution and allocation of natural resources, healthy attitude of sharing one’s possessions with others, respect and admiration one for another, as human lives and properties are preserved. Citizens would also imbibe the culture of serving God and man faithfully in their various walks of life. Finally, as people turn to God in genuine repentance and towards the life that God wants them to live, forgiveness of sins is assured, times of refreshment would come with the flourishing of the fruit of the Spirit made possible by the indwelling Spirit.

Keywords


John the Baptist, Repentance, Precursor, Righteousness, Social Transformation.

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