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Daily Reading@ 7th June 2016

Matthew 3.7-8 cont.

7 Then seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to be baptized he said to them:  “You offspring of poisonous snakes, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?”

8 Now produce fruit worthy of repentance.

The Pharisees and Sadducees may have felt that all they needed to do was get baptized by John. Perhaps they thought that since all the people were being baptized they would follow the crowd and do the same.

Whatever the reason for being baptized, John sees right through them. John knew that their hearts were not sincere.

It would appear that John recognised that the Pharisees and Sadducees were not genuine in their repentance.

He saw that there was an hypocrisy within them. Their hearts were not in their repentance.

Sometimes we may see something of the same thing in some large evangelistic meetings. It is possible that some of those who go forward at the call for giving their lives to Jesus may just be caught up in the emotion of the moment. Their going forward may be no more than a whim, and makes no difference to their life style thereafter.

Praise God for evangelistic meetings, but we must be aware that not all who respond will be genuine.

This is similar to the parable of the sower that Jesus told, where various people receive the word of God, but it is only the good soil that goes on to produce an abundant harvest.

The genuineness of repentance will be seen in our changed lifestyle.

It is obvious from the ministry of Jesus that the Pharisees and Sadducees did not go on to produce the fruit of repentance. The apostle John made this comment:

He came to His own people, but His own people did not receive Him – John 1.11.

The fruit of repentance is a life devoted and dedicated to Jesus; it is a life where Jesus is the focal point of our entire existence.

The fruit of repentance is to live as a servant of Jesus, doing things the way He would do them, having the same attitude as Jesus, and producing the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.

That fruit is: [22]  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

[23] gentleness, and self-control – Galatians 5.22-23 (NLT).

This is the good life, it is the best.



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