Repentance: What is It? Pt 2
Speaker: Tom Leonard, October 21, 2018
44And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 45Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48And ye are witnesses of these things. 49And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. 50And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. 52And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 53And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen. (KJV)
20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (KJV)
15For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not. (KJV)
24For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. (KJV)
33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (KJV)
1And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. (KJV)
5Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: (KJV)
4Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (KJV)
18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; (KJV)
Repentance: What is it?
Jesus calls us to share the message of repentance for the forgive of sins to all people through the power of the Spirit.
Repentance: What is it?
1. Repentance = ‘Change of mind, thinking/belief/conviction’ meaning - a reversal of what one is thinking, and doing as the outcome of that thinking. (verse 47)
So what does Repentance here mean? Turn from unbelief, belief in self, or anything else – turn to faith in Jesus Christ
*Essential element in repentance - turn away from ‘self’ control to ‘Christ’ control!
I will live under the Lordship of Jesus Christ! (Gal. 2:20)
>This is the prelude to forgiveness of sins. Isaiah 30:15
2. What follows forgiveness of sins > the call to be witnesses and share this message of repentance. (Verse 48)
Ezekiel 36:24-27 > Jeremiah 31:33
We are called to rightly represent Him! Genesis 17:1
Exodus 19:5 Settle it!
3. Repentance is ongoing! Revelation 2:4-5
*Repentance is the path that brings forgiveness, and it is the path that brings empowerment. It is the beginning and
continuation of this walk!