Fruit in keeping with repentance – Matt 3:8
When John the Baptist saw the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he had some harsh words for them. He knew coming to observe him was insincere. One thing he said that was not so harsh though was,
Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. (Matt 3:8 ESV throughout)
This is helpful for anyone. His point was that no birthright or position, however lofty or admirable, was going to be enough to please God. Those with the best social standing still need to repent. And repentance, that turning from sin toward God with a new attitude toward both, is going to be visible. One passage that shows us the contrast of a pre/post repentance life is Gal 5:19-24.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy,[d] drunkenness, orgies…
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