Repentance is simply the way of describing the change of mind that gives rise to faith. First, it teaches that repentance is essential to salvation. Actually I would like to begin by reading a statement, a very important statement, that we find in the Review and Herald, February 18 of the year 1890. He says: “You can partake and enjoy of any tree of the garden BUT I have reserved one tree which is off limits which you are not to partake of. God is going to tell Job, Job, now I’m going to ask the questions and you answer me. Satan says to Christ when he shows him all he kingdoms of the world All of the kingdoms of the world will I give to you because they have been delivered unto me and to whom ever I wish, I give them. Jesus enlightens the heart of everyone who comes into the world (John 1:9), and convicts the world of sin by His gracious Holy Spirit (John 16:8). So He placed water above and He placed water below. This commandment sends us back to Genesis. If as believers we don’t require repentance on the part of the offender, we stand in the way of that person’s coming to see his need for God and experiencing His forgiveness. Paul say’s of Abraham that his faith was imputed to him for righteousness. Now you notice that God did not explain how he created man and woman. You know, we live in a world today where people have a tendency of passing the buck and blaming other people, blaming circumstances, blaming heredity, blaming the environment for the things that happen in their lives. But allow me to say that the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:26 actually quotes Psalm 24:1, and reaffirms in the New Testament that the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof. In doing so, they echo the many places in the New Testament where repentance and faith are both enumerated as necessary for salvation (for example, Acts 2:38). Now the question is, what does this dream symbolize? Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. I’ll close with a quote from renowned theologian, Dr. R.C. Some say, well, my friends attend this certain church, and that’s the reason why I go there. Now the question is, what is the testimony of Jesus Christ? Rahab was justified by faith; but she would not have been justified by faith, if her faith had been merely a simple assent to the fact that God was leading the Israelites. One cannot truly believe unless he repents, and one cannot truly repent unless he believes. Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” –Luke 13:22-24, “Enter through the narrow gate. Now in Greek there are two main prepositions that are translated with. And then notice what he says in verse 6: Do you notice in this passage that at this point the devil has stolen the kingdoms of this world? Salvation is a free gift, and repentance is the act of accepting that gift. Not only that, it’s a slap in the face to Christ to condone what He condemns! His name was Isaac. We also studied last time that the life of Jacob is really an illustration of God’s people, particularly at the end of time, but actually beginning at the very origin of human history. As they abandon their human ideas and take up their God-given duties, beholding Christ and becoming conformed to His likeness, they say: ‘Nearer, my God, to Thee; nearer to Thee.’”—Testimonies for the Church, vol. Other individuals say, well, my family has belonged to this church for generations, and why change a good thing? from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Now notice also what we find in Genesis chapter 1 and verse 31. Unfortunately, in our postmodern culture all too many so-called Christians accept what the culture deems the “norm” instead of looking to the Bible to see what God says is legitimate and acceptable! It includes also the kingdom of human beings. Jesus taught that those who desire to do the will of God would come to know who He is (John 7:17). God created Adam as king. I’d like to begin by mentioning something which I have underlined previously in our studies. And I don’t even have to look it up because I have it memorized, and I’m sure you do also. And at the end of creation we find these words: Then God saw every thing that he had made, and, indeed, it was very good. Hopefully you can see some problems in the list. In many ways it is a quite fascinating and alluring religion. Bashir said, “When I read the book… I saw what I believe… is an egregious disregard for history, and a treatment of biblical text in the most selective and perfunctory manner.”, Rob Bell’s denial on MSNBC of the heresy of universal salvation is not only betrayed by the content of his book, but by his own church’s (Mars Hill) FAQs page. Basically the book of Genesis is an amplification of Genesis 3:15. The scriptures state that “there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” but only “fiery judgment” that will consume God’s adversaries (Hebrews 10:26-31). And in the story that we’re going to study today once again Abraham is a symbol of God the Father and Isaac is a symbol of God’s Son Jesus Christ. Why is this important? And so what we want to do in our lecture today is draw a parallel between what happened then, and what is going to happen now, as we approach the end of time. Getting back to Tony Jones’ “blogalogue,” I’m sorry to say that in winding it up he felt it necessary to make this rather flippant remark: “Well, I suppose this blogalogue will be a test of whether I have good theological and philosophical reasons for supporting the rights of GLBTQ persons to marry, or whether I’ve simply caved to the mushy inclusivity of pluralized nothingness. And we understand that it was Adam that gave the kingdoms over to Satan. A story where David, against all odds, overcomes and defeats this, supposedly, invincible giant. EC services are sometimes extremely informal, while others are more formal. Lets begin our study in the book of Romans 3:20, Romans 3:20. The scriptures speak of those whose hearts have become so hard that “it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance” and who end up being cursed (Hebrews 6:4-8). On Tony’s “blogalogue” he wrote a carefully crafted statement to start the “conversation” rolling — with no mention of Scripture to back up his “enlightened” view. And repentance results not only in our changed lives. Thus the Bible begins by telling us that God made every thing good in this world. The fifth point that we want to analyze is: How could life be perpetuated at the very beginning? And if Adam and Eve passed the test creation would continue as God had intended. Thus, the verdict is that those who are sentenced to Hell never show genuine repentance and have gone beyond the point of no return. Correct? Which is why he preached repentance, here he is speaking to king Agrippa: “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, And also to the elders of the Church in Ephesus: “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 20:20-21. “Sanctify them through thy truth”, “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:”, “long-suffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”, “worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of”, “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”, “I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”, “When He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”, “They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick.”, “the Scripture hath concluded [that is to shut up] all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.”, “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”, “I hate vain thoughts, but Thy law do I love.”, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”, “now commandeth all men every where to repent; because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”, “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.”, “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”, “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works; show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.”, “Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?”, “Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? I’m just going to mention the verses and also what God did on that specific day. Repentance is something God gives—it is only possible because of His grace (Acts 5:31; 11:18). It says in verse 24: It doesn’t say that Enoch died. Now go with me to Genesis chapter 2 and verse 16. And we noticed that Jacob and Esau, these two brothers, actually represent two different characters that people on planet Earth will have throughout the course of history, and particularly at the end of time. One cannot truly believe unless he repents, and one cannot truly repent unless he believes. It says: Notice that the end time remnant will keep the commandments of God, and will have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Now the character of Jacob was different. And it tells us there in this very well-known verse: This sounds pretty much like a world where most minds were identified with evil. He also claims that most of the imagery of future judgments in Hell were fulfilled on earth in AD 70 (p. 81). 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