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 3:16: Now 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.