Repentance- I’m Tired of My Way, Show Me Yours

We cannot begin a new life in Christ without first turning from our old life of sin. Repentance is the inner transition from self dependence and self government to submission to God. The Kingdom of God means having someone rule over us- having a real King. We cannot crown Jesus Lord of our lives in practical experience except through the assistance of the Holy Spirit in the realm of repentance. Calling Jesus “Lord” with full Biblical meaning requires the renouncing of self-rule or imagined “independence.” It includes the acknowledgement of the need of someone else to guide and direct our lives. Repentance is our acknowledgement that we are FINISHED with the way we have been living and are ready to embrace His new life. This transference of dependence was considered so basic in the New Testament that every major teacher introduced the gospel with the necessity of repentance.

John the Baptist

Matthew 3:1-2 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Christ Jesus

Matthew 4:17- From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

The Twelve Disciples

Mark 6:12- And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

The Apostle Paul

Acts 26:20- But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and [then] to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

The Apostle Peter

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

(Excerpt from Laying The Foundation: Achieving Christian Maturity, James Lee Beall)

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