Fruits Keeping With Repentance

Luke 3:8-9:  Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.  Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Which of you has not “born fruit” that is not “in keeping with repentance?

I daresay, if that is you, you have not “tasted, and seen that the Lord, He is Good.

For who has kept this way, that has fully encompassed that which is “in keeping with repentance?

You? Oh do not be so deluded, my brethren, my flesh of the flesh. “God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham,” and are you those stones, more righteous than the crowds of righteous ones who were being addressed by that righteous preacher John, who spoke of the coming of the only righteous One?

Gather for yourselves those “fruits in keeping with repentance.”

Who is He who has fulfilled all the law; nay, has paid all its penalties?

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

THERE is your “fruit in keeping with repentance.THERE is your becoming a child of faith after the father who first trusted in Christ, with less witness than you have in God’s written word.

Galatians 3:16Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ.

By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.” (Hebrews 11:11-19)

Abraham, and all these others of the Christian faith, saw that which looked forward to the Promised Land of eternal rest, not as having seen it in actuality, but having apprehended it through faith. They saw Christ, the only Mediator between God and man, who Himself bore our sins and gave us His righteousness, not because of any foreseen merit in ourselves but of His merit alone.

HE bore fruit meet with repentance, not of His sin (for He had none) but for ours.

You who profess Him, is His bearing of sin the grounds of your righteousness, which righteousness is of Him alone, as our sin was imputed to Him alone?

Think upon these things.

 

 

 

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THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

Exodus 20:8-11:  “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.” For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and made it holy.

Isaiah 58:13-14: “If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the LORD honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; then you shall take delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

Hebrews 4:4-10:  For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” And again in this passage he said, “They shall not enter my rest.” Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

 

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Is God Faithful According To His Character?

For I am the LORD, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. (Malachi 3:6)

This is one of the texts set forth in the Introduction of CONFESSING THE IMPASSIBLE GOD, The Biblical, Classical, & Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility.

Since I will be mentioning this book and its editors often in the upcoming months, I will not bother to do so at this time (you will hear about these faithful servants of our God enough in future posts).

However, it would be most remiss of me to not mention the author of this Introduction, our esteemed and well used of the Lord brother, James M. Renihan. Although his credentials speak well of him, let our Lord estimate that acquiescence to His glory which our dear brother has been blessed to be used of Him withal.

I am not plugging the book (which I will, and which you MUST read), but simply establishing that which is said in this most simple of verses, regarding the nature of our God. I trust you will research this further, as I also trust that this simple statement of our God’s nature will encourage and strengthen you to simply take Him at His word.

That word is this: We, who are His people, will never suffer His wrath against sin because He has promised us, according to His unchangeable nature, that He has counted these to be satisfactorily dealt with in His Son.

I trust that you are aware of the doctrine of the satisfaction of the Father’s wrath against sin being completely vindicated by His Son coming into time and space, which is to say, redemptive history, to pay fully for the sins of God’s people, and all else that that entails.

Trusting that you know the above, I will be content to address the mentioned passage, in the hope you might seek the fullness of exposition that is in the aforementioned chapter of the book under consideration.

That which I address is simply this: God does not change. This is NOT a statement of “Covenantal Properties,” as some have suggested, but that simple statement of our God of His faithfulness, based in His essence and existence, that nothing done consequent to His everlasting existence can ever effect a change in He who deals with us according to His grace, which means, therefore, “We are not consumed.”

This is our comfort; this is our hope. Our God’s Word is as sure as He is, therefore, we will never fail of His grace, for it, as He, comprehends us in His trustworthiness, which He proved of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

He was consumed, therefore, according to our God’s unchangeable character, purpose and promise, we are not, nor ever will be.

John 5:39: You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.”

Believe the witness, not as the Pharisees did not, but according to our God’s character – He is truth, and cannot lie. We have life, because as He is true, “We are not consumed.” for His Son gave all, that we may live.

Trust God to be true to His nature and Word.