COURS 2 

                                     LESSON 2

 

       REPENTANCE FROM DEAD WORKS

 

         BUILD YOUR LIFE ON THE FOUNDATION

                     OF THE PURE WORD OF GOD.

                THE BIBLE IS GOD'S WORD.

 

 THE FALL

 

In the first chapters of the book of Genesis we read of Adam and Eve who had

a marvellous relationship with God. Man was the jewel in the crown of God's

creation. He spoke and walked with God in paradise.

"And God said: Let us make Man in our image after our (Father and Jesus')

likeness.."Genesis.1:26,27.

"And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of

the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the

Lord among the trees of the garden.

But the Lord God called to the man and said to him..." Genesis 3:8,9.

Man had free will and could show through obedience that he truly loved God.

Unfortunately Adam and Eve wanted to find out for themselves what was good

and bad, quite apart from God. They allowed their own greed and lust to lead

them into temptation. Sin and lies entered into their lives and Man was

separated from God.(Genesis 2:15-17), Genesis 3:1-7. " ...but your iniquities

have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hid his

face from you so that he does not hear." Isaiah 59:2

 

     THE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WAS INTERRUPTED, MAN WAS DRIVEN

    OUT OF PARADISE. SINCE THEN MAN HAS BEEN SEPARATED FROM GOD

                                   Ephesians 4:17,18. 5:11

 

" And you who were once alienated from God and were enemies in your minds,

because of your evil behaviour, he has now reconciled " Colossians 1:21

 

CONSEQUENCES OF SIN      

 

Because Man lost his kingship to sin, sin became king over Man. Man became the

slave to sin and the servant of Satan. The fruit of sin is ultimately death.

The Devil rewards service to him with death ! This leads to total corruption of

Man: spiritual death, a damaged mind and physical disease.

"If, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man,

much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift

of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ." Romans 5:17

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil

desires..." Romans 6:12.

 

GOD'S PLAN OF SALVATION

 

God sought out Man in his sad condition, in order to re-establish the broken

relationship with himself. He sent his only Son the Lord Jesus. " For God so

loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him

shall not perish but have eternal life " John 3:16. as a result of the death and

resurrection of Jesus Christ there is forgiveness of sins. We can be freed from

the power of sin. In this way the relationship between God and ourselves can be

re-established. " And in him we have redemption through his blood,

the forgiveness of sins and the riches of his grace" Ephesians 1:7.

" He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the

kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of

sins" Colossians 1:13,14. " How much more then will the blood of Christ,

who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our

consciences from acts that lead to death (DEAD WORKS), so that we may serve

the living God" Hebrews 9:14 (see also Heb. 10:19,20).

 

GOD HAS DONE HIS PART ...WHAT CAN WE DO?

                                               REPENTANCE FROM DEAD WORKS

 

The first word of the gospel is "Repentance". The second is "Faith".

"And Jesus said : The time has come, the kingdom of God is near.

Repent and believe the good news" Mark 1:15.

" I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you,

but have taught you publicly and from house to house. I have declared to both

Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in

our Lord Jesus." Acts 20:20,21.

Without "genuine repentance" there can be no real faith !

A. John's first message was repentance.            Matthew 3:2

B. The Lord Jesus first preached repentance.     Matthew 4:17

C. The twelve apostles preached repentance.     Mark 6:7-13

D. The first message after the out-pouring of

the Holy Spirit was repentance.                    Acts 2:38 nce

E. Paul's first message was repentance.              Acts 20:20,21

 

Repentance is the first step in the life of faith. If this part of the foundation is

not well laid, the building which is built on it will be very shaky. Everybody has

to repent.

No-one can be exempted ! No-one is righteous before God. "In the past God

overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to

repent" Acts 17:30. "There is no-one who understands, no-one who seeks God"

Acts 3:11

 

 WHAT IS NOT REPENTANCE?

 

A. It is not the same as being convinced of sin. Conviction of sin preceeds

    repentance. Not everyone who is convinced of sin repents ! " He sent for Paul

    and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. As Paul discoursed

   on righteousness, self-control and the judgement to come, Felix was afraid and

   said,'That's enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient I will send

   for you'" Acts 24:24,25

  

B.  Neither is being sorry for your sins the same as repentance. Being sorry does

     not always lead to repentance. Just think of King Saul and Judas. "...yet now I

     am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you

     to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not

     harmed in any way by us. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to

     salvation and leaves no regret but worldly sorrow brings death.

     2 Corinthians 7:9,10. " Saul said to Samuel: I have sinned. I have violated

     the Lord's  command and your instructions. I was afraid of the people and so I

     gave in to them " 1 Samuel 15:24. "When Judas, who had betrayed him,

     saw that Jesus was condem­ned, he was seized with remorse and returned the

     thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. "I have sinned,' he said,

     ' for I have betrayed innocent blood.' 'What is that to us,' they replied.

     'That's your responsibility.'" Matthew 27:3,4.

 

C.  Repentance is not the same as being religious. The Pharisees were very

     religious people, but most of them had never repented.

     On the contrary they crucified Jesus and later persecuted the Christian

     community. (see e.g. Matthew 3:1-12).

- repentance is not... going to church every Sunday

- repentance is not... obeying God's commandments

- repentance is not... praying or reading your Bible a lot.

 

WHAT IS REPENTANCE, THEN?

 

In the New Testament the word "repentance" is usually used to translate the

Greek word "metanoia". The most important meaning of this word is:

CHANGING YOUR WAY OF THINKING. (see also Ephesians 4:20-32; Hebrews 9:14) 

 

The fundemental meaning of repentance is not an emotion, but a decision

made of your own will and from the heart.


 

In the Old Testament the word, which literally mean " to turn back again " or "

turn round ", had the meaning of leaving the wrong path and taking a new

direction. " Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.

Let him turn to the Lord and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for

He will freely pardon." Isaiah 55:7.

 

The New Testament emphasizes the inward nature of repentance; the Old

Testament emphasizes the outward form.

 

If we put these two pictures together we get the following idea of repentance:

 

-  REPENTANCE IS AN INNER CHANGE OF THINKING

   WHICH RESULTS IN AN OUTWARD TURNING BACK OR TURNING ROUND.

 

You take an entirely new direction.

"...for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us.

They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,"

1 Thessalonians 1:9

 

" Repent of this wickedness (godless, sinful motives for power and money,etc.)

and pray to the Lord, so that He will forgive you for having such a thought in

your heart."  Acts 8:22

Repentance from worshipping men:  Barnabus and Paul ran into the crowd,

shouting, " Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you.

We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things

to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in

them."   Acts 14:15

 

The perfect example of "GENUINE" repentance is to be found in the parable of

the lost son. Read it carefully (thinking and doing) Luke 15:11-32

 

 

WHAT ARE THE FRUITS OF GENUINE REPENTANCE?

 

Whenever real repentance takes place, it is to be seen in the everyday world as

clear evidence. The fruits of repentance are clear proofs:

A.  Godly sorrow for sin.  2 Corinthians 7:9-11

B.  Confession of sins.  Psalm 32:1-5

C.  Forsaking your sins. Proverbs 28:13

D.  Hating sin.  Ezekiel 36:31-33

 

"...that they should repent and turn to God, and prove their repentance by their

deeds." Acts 26:20 " Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. Matthew 3:8

 

CONCLUSION

 

Rebellion against God and His Word brought about the Fall. Man wanted to go his

own way. The result was a division between God and man. Jesus Christ came to

repair that breach. It is our responsibility to repent of all our dead works.

We must do this thoroughly. Repentance is a great, fundamental change in a

person's life. Have you laid this good foundation?

 

 Questions:

 

1.  If we claim that we are without sin, what can we say about God? 1 John 1:10

                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                  

2.  Did Jesus Christ himself ever sin? Heb. 4:15; 1.Pet.1:18-19

                                                                                                                       

 

3.  For what reason did Jesus die on the cross? 1Pet.3:18.                                                                                                                                                                

4.  Is it possible for us to gain our salvation by good works?Titus 3:5; Eph. 2:8;

    1 Pet. 1:18-19.                                                                                               

                                                                                                                         

5.  Is repentance from dead works (sin) a once-for-all experience? Rev. 2:5

                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                    

 

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