Repentance The Way to repentancewas first demonstrated in the account of John the Baptist's confrontation with the Pharisees and Sadducees who had come to his baptism (Mat 3:6) and it is here that we also see why the leaders of the Jewish community sought the life of the Baptist.
(Mat 3:7) But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
(Mat 3:8) Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
(Mat 3:9) 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.
(Mat 3:10) 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. Above and beyond John's calling these leaders a "generation of vipers" the Baptist demands evidence of their repentance before he would baptize them.
Now the word "repentance" (metanoia) comes from the word metanoeō, which means to think differently or afterwards, that is, reconsider (morally to feel compunction - to renew the mind). More specifically, in context with verse 9, not to think of themselves as righteous through Abraham as their father. To make matters even worse for him he tells them that they are bringing forth bad fruit and that they would be cut down and cast into the fire if they did not change the way they thought about themselves and their imputed righteousness.
He then told them of one who would come after him, who is greater than him, who would purge His floor and gather His wheat and burn the chaff (a stalk of grain from which the kernels have been beaten out, empty, hollow) with fire.
This set the standard by which all of the disciples of Christ must live!
That we must change the way that we think about ourselves and our righteousness. Even more so that we must be doers of the word and not hearers only (James 1:22) if we are to be found worthy of the kingdom of heaven.
(Mat 5:20)For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceedthe righteousnessof the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Now this does not translate into what most people have come to believe. That our righteousness comes from our knowing and doing the law. In fact it means the exact opposite. We must always keep in mind that Jesus is the Word and to be doers of the word we must conform to the way of Christ and go not the way of the Pharisees and, Sadducees and scribes of our time.
(Gal 3:23) But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
(Gal 3:24) Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
(Gal 3:25) But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
(Gal 3:26) For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
(Gal 3:27) For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
(Gal 3:28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
(Gal 3:29) And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. You see we are no longer under the old school master which is the law rather we are once again under grace through Jesus Christ. This means that our righteousness is not of ourselves or of our works. We are the righteousness of Christ through that which He has already done not by what we have to do.
1) He walked the earth perfectly under the law thus satisfying the requirements of the law. By doing so the sin that was imputed onto man through the transgressions of Adam and Eve were supplanted by the imputed righteousness of our Lord Jesus.
2) He bore the stripes of our punishment that we could be made whole.
3) His flesh was sacrificed, crucified, on the cross to pay the debt that we owed under the law.
4) He descended into hell and took back the keys of death and hell from the devil who stole them.
5) He rose from the dead bringing Paradise (Abrahams Bosom) and those within it with Him.
6) He ascended into heaven and was seated at the right hand of the Father as the eternal High Priest.
7) He made His disciples priests and ministers of the new covenant.
8) He prayed the Father send the Holy Spirit to live within us so that the fullness of God would be within us.
All that we need to do to receive all of these is to change the way that we thought as sinners and believe these things to be true. That we have been made anew, that we are again in the image and likeness of God, as it was in the beginning, and that we are no longer at enmity with Him. (All except for our corrupted bodies and the remnants of the desires of the flesh which remain.)
The proof of our repentance is that we receive the salvation offered through our Savior Christ Jesus through the ministration of grace and denounce the idea of salvation through the ministration of the law can save us. That the law never brought about repentance but only made one blamelessness under the ministration of the law. That we as human beings are unable to be anything but blameless under the law and that true righteousness and sinlessness is only available through our Lord Jesus.
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