The Fruit of Repentance

The Fruit of Repentance
January 23, 2022
Passage: Matthew 3:1-12
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We're going to talk tonight about fruit of repentance.

  • Matthew 3:1-12

In context here, John the immerser is in the wilderness of Judea, baptizing the in the River Jordan. He, as a prophet of God is commanding that all the Jews repent in light if the coming kingdom. The common people from all over Judea and Jerusalem, people from all walks of life are coming to be baptized as a sign of the repentance. They were the ones who recognized their need for repentance.

  • Matthew 5:3-6

These people were coming to be baptized as a sign of repentance.

Along with the common people, many of the Pharisees and Sadducees have come out to Jordan as well.

  • Luke 18:9-15

They were not there to be baptized; they were there to criticize.

John sees them and understands their motives. He calls them a generation or a brood of vipers. A viper is a poisonous snake which stalks it prey or lays in ambush to strike without warning and poison its victim with its fangs. Once poisoned, the victim dies, and the viper swallows it whole. An apt metaphor for the poisonous doctrines of both the Pharisees and the Sadducees.

He tells them to, “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance…

What is Repentance?

Repentance. What is it? Repentance is a change of life resulting from a changed attitude toward sin.

One who has repented has turned from a life of sin toward a life of humble submission to God and His Word. Genuine repentance is not the same thing as sorrow.

  • 2 Corinthians 7:9-11

Paul draws a distinction between simple sorrow with a type of sorrow he calls godly sorrow. The one who has godly sorrow recognizes their need to have their sin forgiven. They lok to the cross and realize they are sinners and have a need to be cleansed. They have an attitude of genuine repentance.

It is not godly sorrow unless, it stems from a sorrow over sin and the cost of that sin. Sorrow of the world is being sorry you got caught. Godly sorrow leads repentance and repentance leads to a renewed spiritual life.

John tells them to bring forth fruits meet for repentance. To bring forth is to make or to do something.

Fruit of Repentance

Fruits - is used figuratively to represent works or deeds. The same is true for repentance as is true for faith – faith without works is dead.

  • James 2:17, 18

Repentance, or sorrow, without a changed action is is dead. Fruit is how we show our repentance. Our fruits reveals character.

  • Matthew 7:15-20

If you want to know a faithful person, watch the way they live. Christ expects fruit.

  • Galatians 5:22-23

A godly life is revealed by the fruit produced.

The phrase, meet for, we can learn from Thayer means “weighing, having weight, having the weight of another thing of like value, worth as much 2) befitting, congruous, corresponding to a thing.

During John’s ministry those fruits included the baptism as a sign of repentance. The Saduceess and Pharisees needed to change their attitude. They needed to give up their vain, man-made doctrines.

  • Matthew 15:7

They needed to reform the way they treated their fellow man.

  • Matthew 23:15

They needed to turn from their hypocrisy and turn back to God.

  • Matthew 23:2-3

They needed to repent and do the deeds which repentance required.

The same is true today. People need to repent of their sins. Even as then, so it is now that people must bring forth fruits meet for repentance.

That fruit of repentance includes:

  • A new attitude and change of behavior, Ephesians 4:24-26, 28
  • Replace ungodly habits with godly ones, (corrupt communication, Ephesians 4:29-32
  • Must Repent, Acts 17:30
  • Must believe the gospel, Mark 16:15-16
  • Confessing belief in Christ, Matthew 10:32-33 and Mark 16:16
  • Being baptized, not as in John’s day as a sign of repentance, but rather as the means of washing away our sins, Acts 2:38; 22:16

If we haven't produced fruit meet for repentance and been baptized for the forgiveness of sin, then we need to do these things in order to be saved.

For the Christian who has sinned and want to turn back to righteous living, repentance  is required. Confession of sin and a prayer for forgiveness restores the relationship which sin has severed.

  • 1 John 1:9

If you need to bring forth fruit meet for repentance, by being baptized or repenting of sin, we invite you to contact us.

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