BELIEF – THE FOUNDATION OF REPENTANCE

WEDNESDAY

Yesterday we saw that we need to change our minds about who Jesus is and what He has done. He is not merely a son of man but also the Son of God. He did not merely suffer and die but rose again from the dead demonstrating His power to overcome that which causes death – namely sin! It is not merely putting our confidence in Him as the Son of God BUT also in what He did as the Son of God! It begins within us and expresses itself outwardly. Look at what Romans 10:9 says:

NAU Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

NIV Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

NKJ Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

When a person repents in this manner, the results are instantaneous:

NAU Acts 3:19 “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

NIV Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

NKJ Acts 3:19 “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,

Changing your mind about who Jesus is and what He has done is the foundation of repentance. Tomorrow we will look at the challenge of repentance.

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