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"I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Luke 5:32

    It is important to understand the nature of the restored relationship that God has called you to, and has taught us of in the above words spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ. It is an entirely new existance in Him, who is perfect in holiness and righteousness.

    We have been called to repentance, which is the turning away 180 degrees, from the rebellion in our hearts which is against the righteousness of God. This occurs in both thoughts and in deeds. In the mind it is a reconsideration of one's ways, as compared to the holy calling towards righteous living. In deeds, this will mean the self-sacrifice of those worldly desires of our flesh. Those desires work against the new spirit placed in you at the time you are born again.

    Just what is the gospel of Jesus Christ? In a beautiful clarity of scripture, Jesus of Nazareth told His disciples in two-fold detail, exactly what gospel was to be preached in His name;

Luke 24:47
"And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."

    It is evident that Christ's gospel is two-fold in nature, as He commanded that both repentance and remission of sins be preached to the world. So then, to teach the forgiveness of sins through the atonement made by Christ's shed blood, but neglect to preach repentance would indeed be a huge omission of the truth about salvation.

    Here is something that is very interesting to notice! The Luke 24:47 verse (above) was spoken by Jesus at the point of His ascension up into Heaven from the Mount of Olives. It was fifty days later when the Holy Ghost would fall on the Apostle Peter at Jerusalem (at Pentecost), where he boldly preached the Gospel when empowered by the Holy Ghost.

    When He did- these are the words that he spoke to those who wanted to be saved; (Note the order in which Peter preaches the points of salvation);

Acts 2:38
"Repent, and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

    See that Peter conveyed exactly those two things which Jesus instructed from the Mount of Olives, and in the exact order! So we see then that repentance is 50% of Christ's gospel and must be realized. You must make a reconsideration of you thoughts and deeds, compare them to the holiness of God, and turn to Him.

    In every way that your life is in rebellion against the heavenly Father, you must repent. How will you find the strength and the power to turn away from those desires of the flesh that beset all people? The answer is by the power of the Holy Spirit -- the gift He will give upon your faith and water baptism in His name, (but not necessarily in that order).

    Remember in looking at exactly how we become born again how we learned that God would give His Spirit to those who call on His name? He will, and by that power told of in this scripture-

John 1:11
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

    He will perform the work of repentance and sanctification in your life as you yield to Him. You have but to call upon the name of the LORD, asking to be forgiven and to receive of His Holy Spirit, and He will empower you to walk in newness of life.

    As you do this, His word and His Spirit in you, will guide and direct you in every necessary action in your new (eternal) life. If God's Spirit be in you, then you will naturally reflect His Spirit.

    Listen for the leading of His Spirit. When you do hear his voice speak to your heart about a matter in which repentance is necessary, that is the time for you to respond, "Yes, Lord." You will find that repentance is not a dirty word- but rather is something to embrace. Because its end is obedience and a closer walk in the light of His fellowship. This will bring great joy and more of a desire to be closer to Him. See 1 John 1:7.

I search my hearth and my ways. And through faith in GOD, I repent.

    
 

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 Web Author:Michael Stevenson