FRUITS OF REPENTANCE (Outline)
The churches of Christ
REPENTANCE (Fruit of Godly Sorrow – 2 Corinthians 7:8-10)
OF LIFE (Fruit of Repentance – Luke 3:8)
Summary: Repentance is both an effect and a cause.
It is the effect of godly sorrow and the cause of a reformation of life.
FRUITS OF REPENTANCE
2. Restitution when possible
3. Obedience to the command of baptism on the part of the alien sinner
FRUITS OF REPENTANCE (Lesson)
The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans )
1. To the impenitent Pharisees and
came to him to be baptized,
a. John the Baptizer said, “Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance” (Luke 3:8).
b. In other words he told them to produce fruit
c. that would be consistent with their professed repentance.
2. John here likens repentance unto a tree,
a. and the fruits are the actions of a reformed life.
b. Thus, repentance without a reformation of life is like a tree that bears no fruit.
3. Godly sorrow and a reformation of life are closely related to repentance,
a. although all three are separate within themselves.
b. Godly sorrow produces repentance.
4. Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians was a letter of rebuke,
a. but it brought forth godly sorrow in their hearts (Read 2 Cor. 7:8-10).
b. In vs. 10 the apostle says, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance unto salvation.”
c. Thus we can see that repentance is the fruit of godly sorrow.
5. But a reformation of life is the fruit of repentance according to Luke 3:8.
a. Therefore, repentance stands between godly sorrow and a reformed life.
b. Repentance is both an effect and a cause;
c. it is the effect of godly sorrow and the cause of a reformation of life.
6. To the Pharisees and Sadducees John continued to say, “And begin not to say within
yourselves, We have Abraham to our father” (Luke 3:8).
7. Jesus knew the boastful claims of the Jews,
a. that simply because they were children of Abraham in the flesh,
b. they claimed to be heirs of the promises and blessings of God.
8. The Jews expected an earthly Messiah who would supply their earthly needs,
a. and who would establish an earthly kingdom and reign over the Jewish nation.
b. They expected admittance into that kingdom,
1. and the blessings of citizenship in it,
2. simply as descendants of Abraham.
9. Thus, to Nicodemus, Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the
10. Again, in Luke 3:8, John continued to say to the Jews, “For I say unto you, that God
is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.”
11. Since God could easily raise up children unto Abraham,
a. He was, therefore, not dependent upon those Pharisees and Sadducees
b. for a perpetuation of Abraham’s seed.
12. Following this statement of John to the Jews,
a. three classes of people there assembled asked him, “What shall we do then?”
b. That is, what shall we do to bear fruits of repentance?
13. Let us now note John’s answer to all three groups.
a. First to the multitudes, John said (read vs. 11).
b. The people of that day under the oppression of the Romans
c. had become uncharitable and extortionate.
1. How, then, could they have expected mercy from God
2. if they were exceedingly uncharitable toward each other?
14. Personal covetousness and national selfishness
a. characterized many of the Jews of that time.
b. Thus, John was simply saying, “If you are to be baptized acceptably,
1. then you must turn away from your greediness, narrowness, and pride
2. as evidence of genuine repentance.”
15. Second, to the publicans, John said (Read vs. 13).
a. Who were these publicans?
b. They were the collectors of taxes for the Roman government.
1. They were looked upon with contempt by the Jews, and whether guilty or not,
2. they were often accused of extortion and of collecting excessive taxes.
16. John did not demand that they give up their employment,
a. but he did insist that they perform their duties in honesty,
b. collecting only a just amount of taxes from the people.
17. Third, to the soldiers, John said (Read vs. 14).
a. That is, do not resort to violence and extort unlawfully from others;
b. do not falsely accuse anyone;
c. and be content with your rations of meat, grain, and fruit.
18. John answered all three groups as he did
a. in order to impress upon the people the need of their repentance bearing fruit,
b. for without it their repentance would have been in vain.
Let Us Note Some Fruits of Repentance
I. A reformation of life is an indispensable result of repentance.
1. The case of the Ninevites is a good example.
a. The facts concerning them are very brief.
b. They were exceedingly wicked
c. and God commissioned Jonah to preach to them (Jonah 1:2).
2. Even though he tried to shirk his duty and run away from God at first,
a. at God’s second command he went.
b. They believed what Jonah preached
c. and were brought to godly sorrow and repentance (Jonah 3:5-7).
3. This resulted in a reformation upon their part, for we read that
“God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way” (Jonah ).
4. The example of the prodigal son is very timely at this point.
a. In that far-away country he reflected upon the folly of his mistake;
b. he meditated upon the imprudence of leaving his father’s house,
c. and the foolishness of wasting his money in riotous living.
5. This serious deliberation and sorrow over his past sinful course
a. led him to see his real condition and “he came to himself” (Luke ).
b. This godly sorrow led him to resolution and repentance, for he said,
“I will arise and go to my father” (Luke ).
6. This resulted in a reformation, for about the next thing that we read of him is this:
“And he arose, and came to his father” (Luke ).
7. The case of the magicians at
a. is a very striking example of a genuine reformation as the fruits of repentance.
b. As a result of Paul’s preaching, Luke says, “Many also of them that had believed
came, confessing, and declaring their deeds” (Acts ).
8. They confessed and made known the secret processes
a. by which they had been deceiving the people.
b. They were impressed with the fact that their practice was wrong.
9. As a result of this godly sorrow and repentance, Luke says further (Read Acts ).
10. They realized that they could not continue their practice of magic art
a. after they became believers,
b. therefore, they gave up their long and prosperous occupation at a great cost.
c. They burned their books at a great financial loss of 50,000 pieces of silver.
11. This is a very practical lesson for us all.
a. It shows the sort of fruits of repentance that pleases God.
b. So many seem to think that a reformation should be gradual.
12. But suppose that a gambler presents himself for baptism, and he says:
a. “I’ll quit my gambling when I have saved enough money to pay for my home.”
b. Would it not be the duty of any gospel preacher to say to him:
c. “Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance?”
II. Restitution when possible is a necessary fruit of
1. No one can hope to genuinely repent
a. and further obey the gospel to procure remission of sins,
b. if he has not righted all wrongs insofar as it is humanly possible.
2. If one has injured another’s body, reputation, or property,
a. it is required that he shall restore as far as is in his power
b. what has been wrongfully taken.
3. God does not expect the impossible.
a. Of course, it was humanly impossible for David to restore the life of Uriah,
b. or to restore to Uriah his wife.
4. The case of the Philippian jailer is an example of genuine restitution.
a. When he asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
b. Paul said to him, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved,
thou and they house” (Acts -31).
5. Then Luke says, “And they spake the word of the Lord unto him,
with all that were in his house” (Acts ).
a. It was necessary that he hear the word of the Lord in order to believe,
b. for the Holy Spirit says (quote Romans 10:17).
6. But in the account of this man’s conversion, Luke continues to say,
“And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes;
and was baptized, he and all his, immediately” (Acts ).
7. Likely this jailer had been a party
a. in placing those stripes on the backs of Paul and Silas.
b. At least they were laid upon these godly men
c. by the government of which he was a servant.
1. So now he attempts to undo the wrong.
2. Such repentance was real.
III. Obedience to the command of baptism upon the part of an
was another fruit of repentance in apostolic times.
1. Upon the Pentecost immediately following Christ’s resurrection,
a. the people were convicted of their sins by the preaching of the gospel
b. (Read Acts -38).
2. They were told to do two things – repent and be baptized.
a. Thus, baptism follows repentance.
b. Since repentance and baptism are joined together, one is void without the other.
3. We must with Pentecost zeal tell inquiring sinners,
a. who are brought to believe on Christ to repent and be baptized
b. in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin, and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
4. But to bring men to repentance,
a. let us with the courage and fearlessness of John the Baptist
b. reprove the people of sin
c. that they might be stirred to the knowledge of and sorrow for sin.
1. Let us say to all the impenitent,
2. “Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance.”