The required fruits of repentance culminates in mature manifest sonship.
By Pieter Kirstein
REPENTANCE MEANS TO CHANGE YOUR WAYS, BECAUSE GOD HAD TO RESCUE US FROM THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR OWN WAYS.
IT MEANS TO WILLINGLY SUBMIT YOUR ENTIRE LIFE TO GOD AND TO CRY OUT TO HIM TO WORK A WORK IN YOU OF SUPERNATURAL TRANSFORMATION AND DEATH OF YOUR OWN WAYS, TO BRING YOU INTO THE ORDER OF THE NEW CREATION WHICH IS A LIFE LIVED OUT BY THE POWER AND GUIDANCE OF HIS SPIRIT IN THE LIKENESS AND IMAGE OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.
The ways of God are not the ways of man and this is why Jesus said that we must die in order to live. The holiness of God and the image and likeness and the ways of Christ cannot be found in the old fallen fleshly man for the natural man is in enmity with God and because it cannot please Him it must be put to death and brought to it’s complete end through the work of the cross as we follow Jesus on the road of the cross, after that we’ve received the gift of salvation, which means at the moment of the new birth you are only a born-again baby seed – 1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever.
A baby needs milk to grow like a seed needs water to grow and in the scriptures the word of God is both referred to as milk and water – 1 Peter 2:1-3 and Ephesians 5:26. To feed on the milk of the word and to allow ourselves to be washed by the word, refers to our willingness and obedience to be brought into the new order of the supernatural life of the Word of God Jesus Christ.
This is the call, God’s commandment and requirement given through the gospel of the kingdom, where we are suppose to live as subjects of the King.
God placed a cross before all of us yet so few actually respond to take it up. Few understand what Christ meant when He said in Mat 16:24 Then said Jesus to His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
Have you taken up “YOUR PERSONAL CROSS”?
The cross in the Christian life signifies the death of our own ways so that we might take up the life of Christ, to walk as He walked through demonstrated love as we allow ourselves to be influenced and led by His Spirit.
What does it help to be only a born-again seed without discovering God’s purpose for a seed?
Did you realize that there is an entire harvest locked up and hidden within a seed and the only way to activate the growth potential of the seed is to bring it to it’s end, meaning the seed must undergo death to bring forth the required harvest. To obey the word and teachings of Jesus Christ means the death of our ways. It cost a sacrifice to take up His life and the teachings of Christ are completely contrary to the ways of man. Man is selfish and self centered whereas Christ is completely selfless. His love can only be satisfied when others benefit from it and when we walk in agreement with God.
Through the work of the cross we learn to surrender the throne of our hearts and lives to the authority and rulership of Christ the King.
It is a deep foundational work done by God in those who are willing and who desire to please the Father by giving ourselves entirely up to Him that He might raise us, equip us and train us through Holy Spirit discipline to become effective useful vessels in the earth by which He might be glorified.
Indeed the harvest is massive yet those who make themselves available to be used by God in their sphere of influence are few, because most people refuse to give up control of their lives. Most like to be their own god yet call themselves Christians.
A Christian identifies himself with Jesus Christ as a humble obedient disciple by which we actually lay ourselves down in obedience to His commandment given in John 15:
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine dresser.
2 Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he prunes it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me.
5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.
6 If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.
9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you: continue you in my love.
10 If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
12 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 You are my friends, if you do whatsoever I command you.
Can you see that the only way to bring forth fruits unto repentance by which we prove and testify that we have changed our ways to follow Christ as our newly discovered way of life is if we abide in Him?
To abide in Him means that we lose our old self in Him in order to take up His identity to become as He is. This is the order and the call to allow ourselves to be transformed and changed to become a new creation created after God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4: 17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto licentiousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But you have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that you have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 That you put off concerning the former way of life the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
What have become of the 1 true gospel by which we are called to actually become as He is?