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by Ronald R. Shea, Th.M., J.D
 
Topics Touching the Message of Salvation
— Repentance —
Curriculum Outline and Study Guide | Resurrection | Assurance | Baptism | The Bema | Calvinism | The Gospel Message & Content of Saving Faith | The Creator | Dispensationalism | Eternal Security | Evangelism & Discipleship | Expiation, Propitiation and Redemption | Faith | Fruit . .. Don't you need it? | Grace | Hebrews 10 | Hebrews 6:1-15 | Heirship and Rewards | James 2:14-26 | Jesus is God | 1st John | John MacArthur | Justification | Bilateral Contract Salvation or "Lordship Salvation" | The Market Driven Church | Perseverance of the Saints | Predestination and Free Will | Public Confession of Christ | Regeneration | Repentance | Roman Catholicism | Salvation | Sanctification | The Sheep and Goats Judgment | Silly Gospel Substitutes | "Sovereign" (Irresistible) Grace | Stewardship of the Gospel Message | The Modern "Testimony" | The Ten Commandments: Their Relationship to the Believer | Theology and Doctrine | Total Depravity and `The Bondage of the Will` | Worship Music | Appendix I: Church History from a Free Grace perspective
Introduction and Overview of Repentance
Confusion Over Repentance 3
Repentance in a Nutshell
In a Nutshell, Repentance in the Old Testament
In a Nutshell -- Repentance in the New Testament
Generic Repentance
What Is Saving Repentance?
Repentance: Looking at the Context
Repentance and the Divinity of Jesus, Part 1
Repentance and the Divinity of Jesus, Part 2
Repentence and the Divinity of Jesus, Part 3
Savins Repentnace About the Person and Work of Christ
Repentance and Jesus' Offer of Salvation
Repentance from Religion, Matthew 3:5-9 Part 1
Rep;entance from Religion, Matthew 3:5-9 Part 2
Repentance from Religion: Matthew 3:5-9, Part 3
Repentance from self righteousness: Luke 13:4-5
Repentance from Self Righteousness, Luke 13:4-5
Repentence from Self Righteousness, Luke 13:4-5
Repentance from Religious Ritiuals, Hebrews 6:1-2
Repentance from Religious Rituals, Hebrews 6:1-2
Repentance and Jesus' Offer of Salvation, Summary
Repentance from Sin
Why Would God Need a Bull Horn?
Repentance throughout the New Testament, Introduction
Repentance in Matthew 3
Repentance in Matthew 4:17
Repentance in Matthew 9:13
Repentance in Matthew 11:20-24
Repentance in Matthew 12:41
Repentance in Matthew 21:29
Repentance in Matthew 27:3
Repentance in Mark 1:4
Repentance in Mark 1:15
Repentance in Mark 2:17
Repentance in Mark 6:12
Repentance in Luke 3:3
Repentance in Luke 3:8
Repentance in Luke 5:32
Repentance in Luke 10:13
Repentance in Luke 11:32
Repentance in Luke 13:3, 5
Repentance in Luke 15:7
Repentance in Luke 16:30
Luke 17:3-4
Repentance in Luke 24:47
Repentance in Acts 2:38
Repentance in Acts 3:19
Repentance in Acts 5:31
Repentance in Acts 8:22
Repentance in Acts 11:18
Repentance in Acts 13:24
Repentance in Acts 17:30
Repentance in Acts 19:4
Repentance in Acts 20:21
Repentance in Acts 26:20
Repentance in Romans 2:4
Repentance in Romans 11:29
Repentance in 2 Corinthians 7:8-10
Repentance in 2 Corinthians 12:21
Repentance in 2 Timothy 2:25
Repentance in Hebrews 6:1
Repentance in Hebrews 6:6
Repentance in Hebrews 7:21
Repentance in Hebrews 12:17
Repentance in 2 Peter 3:9
Repentance in Revelation 2:5 (2x)
Repentance in Revelation 2:16
Repentance in Revelation 2:21-22
Repentance in Revelation 3:3
Repentance in Revelation 3:19
Repentance in Revelation 9:20 & 21
Repentance in Revelation 16:9 & 11
Appendix C, Repentance as a Condition for Salvation, pg. 1
Appendix C: Repentance as a Condition for Salvation, pg. 2
Appendix D - Repentance from Sin in the New Testament
Appendix E, Other Theological Usages of Repentance in the New Testament
Appendix F: Generic Repentance in the New Testament

 

 

Repentance and Salvation In Scripture

by

 

Ronald R. Shea, Th.M., J.D.

 

 

Repentance from Salvation by Religion

 

 

 

Similarly, "fruit" is a common figure of speech in Scripture, and in every day language.  But the figure of speech distinguishing "wheat" from "chaff" is a picture contrasting the saved with the lost.  In Matthew 13:25-26, 38-42, the figure of speech is used of a judgment that takes place "at the end of the world," wherein "wheat" is equated to the children of God, and "tares," are equated to the children of the devil, and are burned with unquenchable fire.  The language is unmistakable.  This same language in Matthew 3, contrasting wheat and tares, and warning of unquenchable fire, is seen here in Matthew 3:12, immediately following the stern warning of John the Baptist to the Pharisees and Sadducees who came to his baptism trusting in their Jewish religion to save them.  In view of the foregoing analysis, we conclude:

 

1)     The context of this passage is plainly soteriological.  (Dealing with eternal salvation).

2)     Repentance is presented as a requirement for eternal salvation.

3)     The object of repentance is religion as a vehicle by which men can be saved.  These men were not trusting in their Redeemer, but in their religion.

4)     This message is consistent with the teaching of salvation in the rest of Scripture.  Paul's Epistle to the Galatians, for example, was directed to the soteriological controversy of Acts 15:1, "Except ye be circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved."  And Paul's conclusions were identical to the words of Jesus in the passage of Mathew quoted above.

 

In view of this, what is the "fruit" meet for repentance in Matthew 3:6?  Unfortunately, too many Christians hammer a figure of speech into some preconceived notion, such as Paul's reference to the "fruit of the Spirit" in Galatians 5:22-23 or Ephesians 5:9, both of which depict good works and godly character ("love, joy, peace, patience, kindness" . . . etc.).  But to impose this interpretation of the word "fruit" in Matthew 3:5-9 would be to contravene the very point of the passage.  It is not our good works or our religion that saves us.  It is our Redeemer.  Fruit, quite simply, is whatever the context suggests.  And what would be the fruit of repentance in this case?

 

In Genesis, each plant, and each animal species, was to produce offspring "after its own kind."  Seed begets seed of the same kind!  Apple trees don't produce fig trees, they produce apple trees. 

 

If you want to know the doctrine that a church teaches, don't ask to read the doctrinal statement.  It may be gathering dust!  Meet several members of the congregation who have been there for at least three years.  Ask them what they believe about certain topics of theology.  These men and women are the real fruit of the pastor's labors!  And by them, you will know what he really believes.  Their emphasis will be that which he has emphasized.  Their ignorance on certain topics is simply a reflection of their pastor's failure to address those topics with clarity and accuracy.  Trees beget fruit after their own kind!

And what was the fruit of the Pharisees whom Jesus addressed above?  What does Scripture teach us?  "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves."  (Matthew 23:15)  Their fruit was to proclaim salvation by the works of the law to their disciples, to root their disciples in that doctrine that they became more a child of hell then their teachers!  This was the "fruit" of the Pharisees.  The term "fruit" is a figure of speech, and does not have a fixed meaning.  As with any metaphor or figure of speech, its meaning is determined by its context.  And to look to Paul's words in Galatians 5:22-23 or Ephesians 5:9 for the meaning of the figure of speech "fruit" in this dialoge in the Gospel of Matthew is just plain nonsense.

The fruit of the Pharisees and Sadducees was the seed(s) of false doctrine that they planted, and the converts that sprung up from those seeds.

 

When I meet believers who are unclear on the gospel, and they tell me they have a very good Bible preaching pastor, and a solid doctrinal statement, but they are confused on the message of the gospel, and the doctrines thereof, I need not see the doctrinal statement, or meet their pastor.  I have seen the fruit of his preaching in his disciples.  This tells me more about their church than I could ever learn from aprinted doctrinal statement, or a face-to-face meeting with their pastor!

  

 

 


Repentance from Religion: Matthew 3:5-9, Part 3

 

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