John was commissioned by God to proclaim the coming of the Messiah. His message of repentance prepared the hearts of the Jewish people so that they would be ready to receive Him. What follows in verses 7-14 are the fruits of true repentance:
1. True Repentance Recognizes God’s Eternal Damnation (vv. 7-9).
2. True Repentance Renews the Sinner’s Internal Disposition (vv. 10-14).