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Repentance and Fruit

The Essential of Repentance

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

God’s not willing that any should perish and yet we see that some will not, choose not to repent and will be damned irrevocably .

“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet REPENTED NOT of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21 NEITHER REPENTED they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” Revelation 9:20-21 

True repentance is an absolute essential requirement to be with Jesus now and eternally.

“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3

Any man preaching who is not preaching the need to repent, both initially and ongoing, is preaching “another gospel.” (Galatians 1:6-9). Beware. Run.

The Consummate Relationship of Repentance and Fruit in Christ’s Kingdom

Jesus says:

“He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” Matthew 12:30

If your life isn’t all about Jesus, you are not saved.

To the catholic, it’s all about his religion, the Pope, Mary, and supposed “saints,” etc., and a myriad of other idols and works-based heresy. To the Seventh Day Adventist, it’s all about Saturday. All of this is soul-damning idolatry. So, don’t want to hear your foolish argument that these Christ-denying idolaters are Christians. Repent. ANY person who is born again worship JESUS CHRIST, old things are passed away, and things are of GOD, period (2 Corinthians 5:17-18).

True repentance, without fail, brings forth the fruit of a changed life:

“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees (religious professors) come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for (consistent with) repentance: 9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” Matthew 3:7-10

Those without good fruit prove their mere profession of being saved is a lie. God has a lot say about fruit – which can only be born out of a true abiding relationship with Jesus (John 15:1-6).

The fruit of the Spirit and the fruit of good works is all over the Bible but the lukewarm OSAS crowd hates it! They refuse to study it because it exposes the lies.

Does what Jesus says need explanation? “Every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” Matthew 3:10

Repentance and good fruit are a prominent divine truth and topic to learn – from Genesis to Revelation.

“We abhor the doctrine of justification by works as a most perilous and abominable doctrine. And though no one is a real Christian believer who doeth not good works … yet our works have no part in meriting or purchasing our justification.” John Wesley

Isaiah De Castro writes: “We are saved by the work of Jesus Christ and not our own works. This is true, but we must honor His works and sacrifices by obeying His words and living in His holiness and righteousness. Anyone who is not living in the godliness and righteousness of God (Words of God) is a fake receiver of grace and ‘this people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me’ (Matthew 15:8).”

When a person truly repents, good fruit will be the result, without exception. Such a person will seek the LORD and live holy, to please Christ and not self, and not make excuses for that which displeases the LORD (sin). Abiding in Christ is not in order to be justified but in response and obedience to the LORD and Savior who is the new Master of every Heaven bound truly born again disciple of Christ.

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7

The FRUIT of the Spirit is more important than the GIFTS of the Spirit because it proves relationship (Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:7-10). Good fruit can only be produced through relationship. The gifts of the Spirit ARE important and yet, some who presently operating in them will be hearing “depart from me” from Jesus (Matthew 7:15-23). This proves that someone can move in the gifts of the Spirit without walking in an intimate relationship with Jesus.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23

“A New Creature”

“And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;” 2 Corinthians 5:15-18

God is Working in the Hearts and Lives of His People

“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13

The Son of God demands good fruit.

“Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Matthew 7:16-20

Good fruit can only be born out of a born again, abiding (continuing/ongoing) relationship with Christ. He is the Vine and we are the branches. Read John 15.

Repent or Perish

“There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:1-5

Then, immediately following His teaching the imperative of repenting, by no accident but rather by divine correlation, Jesus teaches this …

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

“He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? 8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: 9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.” Luke 13:6-9

Fruitless trees (branches) in Christ’s kingdom will be “cut off” and thrown into the fires of eternal damnation (John 16:6; Romans 11:20-22, etc.).

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 
2  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 
3  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 
4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 
5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 
6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15:1-6

Read Jesus’ prayer to the Father each morning this week, prayerfully. John 17.

Prayer: Father, in the name of Jesus, I am here and now asking You to unite me in a truly abiding relationship with Yourself and Christ – as You define it. Graft me deeper into Thy bosom and Thy cross. I want to truly know You. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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