Bible Study: Repentance & Forgiveness
It is important to establish the Authority and Lordship of Jesus Christ in any teaching. Here is what Jesus says:
“He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.” (John 12:48)
More words of Jesus (After the Cross)
“…for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; delivering you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.” Acts 26:16-18
I have seen the rise of a new movement in the Church, that I call “Grace Twisters.” They teach that everyone is in a forgiven state already. However, like all cults or cult leaders, you have to disregard the words of Jesus to be swept away by their error. From the verse quoted, notice that forgiveness must be “received”.
Jesus wants people to turn from darkness to light; this is true repentance.
Here is another verse that shows that you that forgiveness is not automatic:
“Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19)
How did Paul respond to this Heavenly vision:
“Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: 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.” Acts 26:19-20
What is obedience or disobedience is this case? How did Paul see it? Paul preached that they should “repent” and “turn” to God and this sincere repentance will be demonstrated in how we live. These are the commands of Jesus after the Cross.
Why must we repent? God will judge sin and the sinner. Here is what the Word says:
“But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to every man according to his deeds.” (Romans 2:5)
Here is some Godly advice to those who have embraced “Grace Twisting”:
“Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God–I say this to your shame.” 1 Cor 15:34
Here is what the writer of Hebrews instructs the Church:
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.” Hebrews 10:24-27
These are Jesus’ words to all that tolerate “Grace Twisting” doctrines:
“I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray, so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. And I gave her time to repent; and she does not want to repent of her immorality. Behold, I will cast her upon a bed and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds.” (Revelation 2:20-22)
Jesus wants us to repent of our sinful deeds.
Here Jesus warns false preachers about their sinful deeds:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:21-23)
Jesus told them to depart, not because they did not believe all their sins were forgiven, but rather because of their sinful deeds.
Again the Apostle Paul teaches:
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
My advice to anyone and everyone reading this – Do not be deceived, turn from your sins and put your faith in the righteousness of Christ – repent and do righteousness.
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