Tree Sunset Horizon
the church of Christ 
meeting in Marana, AZ

Repent or Perish

Repent or Perish!

 

 

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Mat 4:17 ESV)

 

Word 'repent' occurs 10x in OT / 26x in NT. Word 'repentance' 20x in NT.

 

What IS Repentance?

Acknowledge Guilty Condition - Change of mind and heart (1Kgs8.47,48).

Leave behind Sinful Practice -- Put them in the Past (Ezek14.6 / 18.30-32).

Returning to good life / Doing what is Right -- a New Future (1Thess1.9&10)

 

Requires a Changed / New Life

Righteous Sorrow - Not "I got caught," but "I erred against God" (2Cor7.10).

No Repentance -- No Salvation! Turn or Die! (Ezek33.7-11 / Ax19.19).

Fundamental to Salvation (Heb6.1) - OR crucify Jesus all over! (v6).

 

Results of Not Repenting (10x in Rev)

Remnant of fellowship removed (Rev2.5).

Harder rebuke and chastening (Rev2.16).

Plagues, torment, separation (Rev2.21&22).

 

"If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow..."

(Psa7:12 ESV) Motive1: Fear

 

WHY Not Repent?

Ignorant -- so the LORD instructs and warns (cf Ezek3.17-21).

Stubborn -- calloused, harder than stone (Jer5.3).

Proud -- holding on to selfish ways and pleasures (Rev16.9,11).

 

Repentance as a Gift -- Ax5.31 / 11.18

Opportunity -- Divine Patience (Rom2.4) & Proclamation (Mk6.12 / Ax17.30).

Acceptance -- Mercy & Forgiveness (Ax3.19 / 8.22).

Restoration -- Walking in ways of rightness (Mt3.8 / Ax26.20).

 

"God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance." (Rom 2:4 ESV) Motive 2: Love

 

The Gospel Call

Jesus is calling sinners to repent: Luke5.32 / 13.3&5 (Repent or Perish!) / 15.7

Proclaimed by the Apostles: "repent & be forgiven" (Lk24.47).

Believe, Repent, Be Baptized -- for the Remission of Sins: Ax2.38-41.

 

 

 

notes by David Teel Tuesday, February 17, 2015