The Axe of Judgement is Poised
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree is not a story about redemption. It is a warning. God is a fierce, demanding and implacable judge. He has the fair and sovereign right to destroy whatever does not serve the purpose for which He created it. Do not confuse His patience for permissiveness. His judgement is sudden and will not be reversed by reactionary repentance.
Fear of God should spur overcoming in the self-tolerant and should temper self-righteousness in mature Christians. The axe of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire. Let us bear fruit.