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The Resurrection was required for eternal life
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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
True repentance probably has the most obvious results of any of the great Bible doctrines, simply because it is a prerequistie to these great doctrines. All major themes are a result of true repentance. The "new creature" is based upon repentance. Notice this about repentance:
It was the first message of Jesus Christ. It was the first message of John the Baptist. It was the first message of Paul. It was the first message from hell. It was the first message after the ascention. It was the last message of Jesus Christ. It was the message to the seven Churches of Asia in Revelation 2 & 3. It is the most ignored message of our time in many Churches. In it's place is a feel-good, offend no one, doctrinally dead, crowd-pleasing message that does not produce a "New Creature."
Mt. 9:13; Mk. 2:17 and Lu. 5:32 tell us that Jesus came to call sinners to repentance. It is a great violation of Biblical truth and robbery of the Sword of the Spirit used to cut to the heart of man's sin problem. Look at Acts 20:17-21 and 26:16-20 just to name a couple where God instructed preaching on repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 states that, "God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
He did not say, "come to Christ." The result of repentance is coming to Christ, but it is impossible to come to Christ apart from repentance. The first and only message of Stephen is repentance (Acts 7:51-60). Notice their response: V.51 "Ye do always resist the Holy Ghost." V.54, "They were cut to the heart." V.57, They, "stopped their ears." They were resisting the Holy Ghost conviction that would result in repentance. Awareness of sin brings conviction. Conviction is designed to bring repentance, but if resisted, it brings hardness of heart.
Three things happen that produces repentance: Ps. 34:18 A broken heart; Ps. 51:17 A broken spirit and 2 Peter 2:9-14 a broken will. There are many benefits of true, Bible repentance. I will name here just a few obvious:
- There is regeneration for the lost, Titus 3:5.
- There is restoration for the wayward, Psalm 51:12.
- There is refreshment for the weary, Luke 22:32.
- There is recovery from Satan's snare, 2 Tim. 2:26.
- There is refocusing of a wasted life, Isaiah 6:5-8.
- It releases us from Satan's hold.
"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." (Jn.8:36 ) If you are not living a life of victory, you have not repented.
"Be zealous therefore and repent." Revelation 3:19