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Friday, January 04, 2008

Repentance and Forgiveness

He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day. (Luke 24:46)

In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead. (Acts 17:30-31)

To open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me. So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. (Acts 26:18, 20)

Two words are repeated; one of them is a command and one is a result.

The command is to “repent” and the result is “forgiveness” of sin.

All of this is preceded by the Deity, the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is the real cause.

The secondary causes are preaching Christ, believing in Christ, and repenting to Christ.

The result is the forgiveness of sin.

Would you like to know more? Please read the Gospel of John and the book of Romans. If you need a New Testament, write to me. I will send you one.

(Taken from Good News/Bad News)

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