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Now our final segment, understanding the scriptures, we continue our exploration of the doctrine of salvation, with our focus on the importance of repentance.
Once again, here's Dave in time the Gospel as I, I believe we've been demonstrating by discussing it for the past Hering behave. It's been a half-year programs is a topic that's so splendid, so, rich in meeting that we haven't come close to covering it.
Yeah, it's so simple.
So, on contrived that even a young child can grasp it, and have eternal life through receiving it even. So Dave, when we or anyone else discusses the gospel, it doesn't take much for controversy to get under way. I'm thinking about a particular situation where you wrote a booklet entitled The non-negotiable gospel and someone wrote to objecting to the fact that they could not find repentance in its pages. Your reply 'cause the flood of male disagreeing with you. Now, what could be... So controversial about your viewpoint on repentance.
Well, Tom, I don't know, sometimes you can become almost a little bit discouraged if that were possible, because no matter how you try to clarify things people have certain ideas and when they have once gotten that idea, in their head that I'm against repentance, which I not I believe in repents, but when they... Once get that idea in their head, there's nothing you can do to change it.
The ah I said that way. Now let's explain to people how this fits in because it is an idea that it would be easy to go astray right?
The idea that we get from the people who have written to us and so forth is if you do not use the word repentance in your presentation of the Gospel, this is not the gospel.
And all I tried to say was, "Well then I guess Jesus did not give the Gospel to Nicodemus but we always turn people to John, the "For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, who ever believe within him Who so ever repent Sibley within him doesn't say that... Who ever believed the him, should not perish, but have everlasting life and we turned to John 3, because the Jesus is laying how conditions for salvation and he's declaring very clearly. You've got to be born again and as Moses with up the server, the willingness, the son of man must be lifted up, and so forth but he doesn't use the word repentance. So what is repentance mean? What are we talking about here? He doesn't use the word but it's there.
Well, I, tolerate. Let me finish with it.
Okay, go. We don't have the word there, we don't have the word in.
Paul says Romans 1-16, "I'm not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the part God into salvation to everyone who believes. Okay, so you're saying through the Gospel you go to For origins, 15, he tells you what the gospel is, He says, This is the Gospel that I present to you by what you're saved, where you stand, and so forth, how that Christ died for our sins according the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. Now, again, you don't find the word, the word repentance.
Okay, and that was the original objection was that in a little book that I wrote the non-negotiable gospel, the word repentance wasn't in there but I think the idea of refined... What are some of the ideas in the, in one idea out right is inherent within the Gospel.
In other words, when I believe that Christ died for my sin, and I turned to him as my savior, surely I am repenting of being a sinner, I'm repenting of having rebelled against Him, and I'm acknowledging that what he took my place he had to suffer the judgment of Almighty God and when I turn to Christ, I'm turning from my sin for myself and I'm turning to him.
So without using the word repentance certainly that's understood, the tone.
Yo, you wanna contribute on this? So let me keep quiet for Bono, the quiet. But there are some aspects of repentance, that I think this is why we're getting so much mail, because it confuses people. You just identified in effect fine repentance turning, turning from us to Christ turning from our life, the life that Christ has. For what we couldn't do to what he can do and did do but we have a scripture that confuses it a little bit.
Judas repented but he didn't turn to Christ. See, there's another sense of the word, that confuses people.
What does it mean, Judas repented? And why doesn't text it into this?
Well, I guess Judas, are repetitive. The consequences that he brought upon himself, right?
His heart, I don't believe had changed apparently, but when I turn to Christ, I'm in effect. I'm repenting for example of the very idea that by my efforts, I could please God, or I could earn my salvation, when I'm turning to Christ and I'm putting my faith in Him, I believe in the gospel.
"I'm relinquishing everything, I'm really gushing all claim to my own righteousness. I'm acknowledging that I'm a sinner, I wouldn't be believing in Christ, if I were not acknowledging that I'm a sinner and that I am sorry for my sin, how could I possibly thank Him for dying in my place without being repentant for the sins that nailed Him there? It's because of my sins, that Christ died. And so Paul says, This is the gospel, how the Christ died for our is, I believe that am I not repenting, of my sins. And of the fact that it's my sin that nailed Him there so he...
I think we had a little problem here with those who sometimes I can impose my views upon someone to such an extent that I'm being unreasonable and I'm not recognizing that the other person is perhaps saying the same thing, but in different words.
Yeah, but there also can be distinctions. For example, one concern that we have with regard to repentance, is that some people see that as a pre-condition for salvation.
Lord, I'm never gonna do this again, and I reject all that I've done, and I'm gonna go out and live a good life. And then I come to you.
For example, as you know, and probably many of our listeners, I'm a former Catholic for Catholics. The idea of repentance is not the same idea. The idea I had than is not the same idea I have now, as an Evangelical. Then it was penitence.
There were certain things that you had to do as a matter of fact, in Catholicism, the definition really comes from the Latin Vogt the Latin word can be translated very easily as penitence expiration for Sen. doing certain things before salvation can be gained. So there's confusion that way.
Yeah, and Tom that's one of the problems or one of our concerns. There is no work that I can do, there is no change, that I can make in my life, that will clean me up and make me acceptable to God.
And some people would get that idea from the word repentance. Now, you must repent. Well, that means I gotta clean up my act I've gotta turn from all my sin, I'm an alcoholic and I just can't look this thing. And somehow I got to turn away from that. When you turn to Christ and you put your faith in him, this is what the Bible ask to him that I work with not, but believeth on Him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness has to be tied in with an understanding of Mark 115, Repent and believe the Gospel. That's what you're talking about.
There has to be harmony between those two verses. Or you've got them conflicting with one another, right?
And all I'm trying to say is when I believe the gospel, I'm repenting because the gospel, what does it say to me, tells me I'm a sinner, tells me I'm hopeless unworthy a rich, that there's nothing I can do, I can please God, I can burn eternal life. Salvation is a gift of God, it's not by works of righteousness that we've done, but by His mercy, he saves us. So when I turn to Christ, I'm repenting I'm in repents, even though I don't use the exact word, but that is what has happened in my heart, and when I come to him, and I believe in Him, He does work in my heart, I am born of the spirit of God I'm born again I become a new creature in Christ Jesus, Old things have passed away, all things had become new and the gospel is such good news, to... It is so wonderful that all I have to do. And of course, there are objections. The cute... The watch tower Barrack society would say, "Oh well, then you believe all you gotta do is believe. And how you can live whatever life you want and so forth.
No, if I've made a new creature in Christ Jesus, then he has become my life Helen his life in me, he's the one who changes me. It's not by grinding my teeth and going to live a new life and it's not by the works of the flesh as Paul said, to the Galatians, having begun in the spirit. Are you now perfected?
So in the flesh, Paul said, "I am crucified with base.
Never, less I live, yet not I but Christ has come to live in me, so this is the wonderful promise of the gospel, to "him that worketh not but believeth on Him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is kinda "furious-ness and times. You know, as a Catholic, you were under a burden to do all kinds of works to engage in the sacraments and so forth that really kept you from Christ, because you couldn't believe that salvation was a free gift correct?
And Dave just to sum up what we've been saying here, it's a turning to Christ and my life is gonna be transformed. The works just as you've alluded to the things that people say "Well you ought to do this as a Christian. We can now do because we have Christ in our life and He enables us to do it and they're the life in Christ they live.
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