Faith
Wednesday June 30, 2006
Hartsville News Journal
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FAITH COMMENTARY
"Repentance Has Purpose "

You are revisiting “repentance” to exemplify its importance in your life. With “repentance” the whole world opens up to you and without it destruction lies ahead.

Ezekiel 18:30 KJV illustrates this very point:

“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.”

Repentance cannot be taken lightly because it’s the only way God accepts you into His Kingdom. You have to be tested by God as we all sin and sin is what stands between you and Heaven. Forgiveness is required for God to remove sin.

Consider how important repentance is to God:

1) He gave His only begotten Son, who shed His blood on Calvary, giving you this pathway to forgiveness.

2) Each time you ask in earnest, your sins are blotted out: they’re gone and God gives you a clean slate.

3) There’s no limit as to the number of times you can be forgiven. The only requirement is that you’re sincere and remorseful. God really wants you to be with Him in Heaven.

God gives you instructions on understanding “repentance” as you begin in the Old Testament: 1st Kings 8:47 KJV states:

“Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness;”

God sent the Israelites into captivity because they refused to listen and heed His instructions. “Supplication” is to reach out to God seeking forgiveness and new direction. Yes, repentance requires a change of heart.

Consider Jeremiah 18:8 and 18-10 KJV which reads:

[8] “If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them”

[10] “If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.”

God is clearly stating that He will have a change of heart and replace the “bad” you deserve with “good” when you turn to Him through repentance.

The prophet Ezekiel informs you of God’s promise to those who do not seek forgiveness through repentance. Ezekiel 24:14 KJV reads:

“I the Lord have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back,

 

 

 


 

neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord God.”

Your sins are not present on judgment day, “if” you repent.

Next we look at the words of Christ as He tells you to repent. Matthew 4:17 KJV says:

“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Heaven is at hand and without repentance, you may not be there. Listen further to Christ as Luke 17:03 KJV states:

“Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.”

Christ requires you to forgive your brother every time he truly seeks your forgiveness.

“Asking” or “seeking” is the key to forgiveness. “If” your brother asks you and “if” you ask God, forgiveness is received. Simply put, seeking forgiveness is the act of repentance. It’s easy, it’s free but “action” is required and the “if” must be satisfied.

 

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com