Saturday, October 20, 2007
"FRUITS MEET FOR REPENTANCE"
"Fruits meet for repentance:" Matthew 3:8
The command of Scripture to sinners is to repent, Luke 13:3. The word means to have a change of heart, mind, will, and affection toward God, which in turn causes one to acknowledge their sinful unworthiness before Him and to submit to the Lord Jesus Christ alone as their only ground of forgiveness and justification before God. Repentance and faith are synonymous terms, one being used for the other. Where there is repentance toward God, there is faith toward the Lord Jesus, (Acts 20:21).
Fruits meet for repentance are not preconditions but rather effects (offspring) of a changed mind, which God graciously grants to sinners for whom Christ died. He did not come to call the ‘righteous’ (self-justifying ones), but helpless, hopeless, lost, needy sinners to repentance, Matthew 9:13. Where there is repentance, whole hearted conversion to Christ and His righteousness is the result.
Find me a needy sinner whom God has made so, and I will show you one who has turned from every idolatrous work, self-righteousness, rebellious will of his own, to serve the living and true God, and is waiting expectantly for the Lord Jesus, who loved and redeemed him from the wrath to come, 1 Thessalonians 1:9.
Any sinner who repents, it is because God has granted him His Spirit, resulting from the work that Christ accomplished for them in His obedience unto death, 2 Timothy 2:25.
True repentance brings forth the fruits of faith, hope, love, and glad submission to Christ as God’s righteousness imputed to the account of His people in His death, Romans 3:24, 5:9, 10:3-4.
By Ken Wimer