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To begin the new year we are kicking off with messages that are evangelistic in both object and nature.
“The Answer to Eternity’s Most Important Questions” is the theme for this series.
Today we are talking about Repentance in Salvation.
Mark 1:14-15 (AMP)
Jesus Preaches in Galilee
14 Now after John [the Baptist] was arrested and taken into custody, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the good news of [the kingdom of] God,
15 and saying, “The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life] and believe [with a deep, abiding trust] in the good news [regarding salvation].”
Mark 1:1-15 (AMP)
Father, you have given us so much.
Life, health, love, and salvation.
As we present our offerings to you today, they seem small and insignificant to what you have given us.
But they represent the dedication of our hearts to your will.
Accept our gifts as you have accepted us.
Please forgive our sins, strengthen us for the work before us, prepare us for this period of worship, and guide us with your Holy Spirit.
In Jesus name we pray.
I have heard, and did some research through the week that whenever the British navy makes a rope, a scarlet thread identifies it.
It is weaved into the rope when its being made.
A scarlet thread runs through the Bible also, identifying the message of salvation through faith in God.
One element of salvation is the act of repentance.
Before we can be saved form our sins, we must repent of those sins.
This theme of repentance also runs through the Bible like a scarlet thread.
Repentance is an absolute necessity in our Christian experience.
The verses in the first chapter of Mark that tell of Jesus’ early preaching in Galilee provide us with the two elements salvation, repentance and faith.
These acts are bound up together and cannot be separated.
It is hard to say at what point repentance ends and faith begins.
We have seen what it means to be lost and what it means to be saved.
Now today and next Sunday let us look at the conditions of salvation.
Repentance and faith.
- Repentance in salvation involves a knowledge of sin.
The basic meaning of the Green word for “repentance is a changing of mind or a running away.
Thus repentance means that we must change our minds about sin and turn away from it.
This begins with a knowledge of sin.
- Admission of sin.
Someone has said that the three hardest words for a person to say are “I have sinned.”
But this is exactly where we must start in repentance.
We must admit to ourselves and to God that we have sinned and that we are unworthy.
I once heard of a certain man’s first step to grace.
As he was shaving one morning, he looked at his face in the mirror and suddenly said, “You dirty sinner!”
And from that day he began to be a changed man.
This is not an easy admission to make, most of us have a pretty high opinion of ourselves.
Nonetheless, this is where we must start in repentance.
“When we repent, we think how God thinks about sin.
We renounce it as Christ renounced it.
B. Sin against God.
In the knowledge of sin, we not only see ourselves as sinners but also come to realise that all sin is against God.
In David’s psalm of repentance, he cried out to God, Psalm 51:4 (AMP)
4 Against You, You only, have I sinned
And done that which is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak [Your sentence]
And faultless in Your judgment.
God has placed us here with a freedom of moral choice.
And He has revealed to us His way of life.
When we fail to do what is right, we fail God Himself.
We sin against Him, and ultimately only He can forgive our sin.
2. Repentance in salvation involves sorrow for sin.
- As we realise that our sin is against God, we must have sorrow for that sin.
This is the very reason that repentance is necessary before we can be forgiven.
If forgiveness were indiscriminately passed out without any regard for the person’s sense of sin and need of forgiveness, it would be nothing but a light treatment of sin.
Forgiveness is never mere toleration of sin.
Toleration passes too easily into indifference.
Forgiveness is the restoration right relationships between God and people.
A distinction must be made between sorrow and mere remorse of conscience.
You can go to any prison and find people who are sorry for what they have done and even sorrier that they got caught.
But they are not so sorry that they would never do it again.
Fear of punishment is not all that is involved in repentance.
Someone can easily have great emotion because of sin and still not repent.
Repentance carries an element of sorry, sincere regret that leads people away from their sin and causes them to turn to God for forgiveness.
When John the Baptist preached to the people from the shores of the Jordan River, he demanded from them “Fruits worthy of repentance” in Luke 3:8.
This is exactly what he meant.
If we have repented of our sins, we must show it in the way we live.
B. This is the repentance of complete committal of life to Christ.
You can’t expect to be blessed unless you are completely committed to Christ.
You can’t expect all the things God has for you spiritually if you lie, cheat, break the law, don’t follow what the Bible teaches, have affairs, or even are just lazy.
You can pray all you want but God will not answer, you need to get down on your knees and pray, giving all yourself to God in repentance, then, and only then will you receive forgiveness.
3. Repentance in salvation involves turning from sin.
The third element in repentance involves the renunciation and repudiation of sin as an act of will.
When we realise that we have sinned, and we become sorry for that sin, we turn away from our sin and turn to God.
Repentance is not completion just knowing that we are sinners.
Neither is our repentance complete in feeling sorrow or remorse for our sin.
It becomes complete when as an act of will we reject our sin and turn from it.
All three elements are necessary for repentance, knowledge of sin, sorrow for sin, and turning from sin.
The requirements of true repentance indicate that the decision to turn away from sin is not simply an intellectual change of mind.
The mind includes the whole moral nature of an individual.
When we repent of our sin, our whole life is reorientated with Jesus Christ as the centre.
Nor is repentance a once and for all act.
The Christian life is a life of repentance.
The initial act of repentance when we first trust Christ as Saviour is just the beginning of a life of repentance.
Repentance, then, is an act of grace whereby we realise our sin, experience sorrow for that sin, and turn to God in faith.
It is a change of mind toward sin as well as a change of action.
It involves the emotions, the intellect, and the will.
We should always take pleasure in prompt obedience.
If Amanda asked someone to help by cleaning the toilet or washing dishes after the service, we should take pleasure in that request, because we are serving the church.
That obedience would be of little consequence, but God has issued a command of eternal consequence.
Acts 17:30 (AMP)
30 Therefore God overlooked and disregarded the former ages of ignorance; but now He commands all people everywhere to repent [that is, to change their old way of thinking, to regret their past sins, and to seek God’s purpose for their lives],
Jesus said in Luke 13:3 (AMP)
3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent [change your old way of thinking, turn from your sinful ways and live changed lives], you will all likewise perish.
This is God’s wish for us.
And it should be a supreme command that we take pleasure in following.
Repentance involves knowledge of sin, sorrow for that sin, and turning away from that sin to God.
The turning away from that sin is faith.
Repentance and faith belong together.
As you now repent of your sins, will you not also turn to God in faith to accept His forgiveness and His offer of salvation?
Until next time
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