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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

repentance and salvation

a look at two important words for our tues night study
repentance
Repentance - Mark 1: “Repent and Believe”
Present tense imperative, which means
“Go and spend the rest of your life repenting and believing”
This is not a “flu shot.” I did that, I repented. It is an initial work that is followed by a lifetime of repetition. This lines up exactly with the major tenet of the 12 step program. Daily saying, “Please” and “Thank you.”
Repent - turn 180 degrees, and go in the opposite direction. Only by the power of God, only after an admitting of our own powerlessness.
Again this is the “theme” running thru our study of Romans. Christianity is a tale of two words, desperation and hope. Repentance is recognizing that you are going in the wrong direction, (desperation) and a belief that God wants to give you the power to turn and go in the right direction, (hope) and then relying on that power to get up and
walk in the other direction. Many people stop at turning, and never actually walk. They stop doing “wrong” but never “fill the void” by doing right in the power of God.

I had no repentance in my heart, no sorrow for my sin or passion to change, but God graciously granted me repentance and lead me to a knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 2:25).

Change your mind and your attitude toward sin.
Do you hate it now, or do you still like and practice it with no conscience?
Change you mind and your attitude toward God.
Do you love Him? Want to spent time with Him?
God needs nothing from men, but He has granted us Repentance and salvation. Humble and contrite of spirit and trembles at My word.
Falling on God’s mercy as your only hope and staying there.
Walking as along a ledge, over a cliff, clinging to that ledge with all you have…
Dead works - any work that you are counting on to “impress God” to make you right with God. No work that you do, to bypass the cross, is GOOD.

Dead works, anything not done in faith. To turn from self-pleasing and doing your own thing, and to turn to God and say I will do what you want me to do. Double-minded
Acts 2: What shall we do? Repent, be baptized, receive the Holy Spirit.
Repentance starts with God. Everything good starts with God. Apart from God’s grace the move of His Spirit, we cannot repent. Psalm 80:3, 7, 19.
Turn us back O Lord and we will be saved. Lamentations 5:21





Word: Salvation

Salvation-When I think of my salvation experience, I think of being delivered from sin and gaining personal holiness. But salvation is so much more! It means that the Spirit of God has brought me into intimate contact with the true Person of God Himself. And as I am caught up into total surrender to God, I become thrilled with something infinitely greater than myself. Oswald Chambers
. Salvation is the bundle of benefits received by the person who believes the Gospel and entrusts his or her life to Christ. The "benefits" include forgiveness of sin, a totally right standing with God, heaven instead of hell upon physical death, new life (the Spirit of the life of Christ Jesus), awesome joy and contentment, and power to change bad habits.
Salvation is not just to get you out of hell and into heaven, it is to get God out of heaven and into you! Ian Thomas

What are we saved from? In the Christian doctrine of salvation, we are saved from “wrath,” that is, from God’s judgment of sin (Romans 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:9). Our sin has separated us from God, and the consequence of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Biblical salvation refers to our deliverance from the consequence of sin and therefore involves the removal of sin.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Luke 2:30


Who does the saving? Only God can remove sin and deliver us from sin’s penalty (2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5).

How does God save? In the Christian doctrine of salvation, God has rescued us through Christ (John 3:17). Specifically, it was Jesus’ death on the cross and subsequent resurrection that achieved our salvation (Romans 5:10; Ephesians 1:7). Scripture is clear that salvation is the gracious, undeserved gift of God (Ephesians 2:5, 8) and is only available through faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).

How do we receive salvation? We are saved by faith. First, we must hear the gospel—the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection (Ephesians 1:13). Then, we must believe—fully trust the Lord Jesus (Romans 1:16). This involves repentance, a changing of mind about sin and Christ (Acts 3:19), and calling on the name of the Lord (Romans 10:9-10, 13).

A definition of the Christian doctrine of salvation would be “The deliverance, by the grace of God, from eternal punishment for sin which is granted to those who accept by faith God’s conditions of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus.” Salvation is available in Jesus alone (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) and is dependent on God alone for provision, assurance, and security.

 

1 Peter 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.
 

God is great in mercy.
God causes us to be born again to a living hope.
God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
God promises an inheritance to those whom he fathers.

(And) God is keeping that inheritance so that it will never, ever perish or soil or fade.

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