CHAPTER TWO: Answers

Posted: November 23, 2013 in Bible Truths, Demons, Fallen Angels, GOD, Jesus Christ, Paranormal, Warfare

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TACTICAL MANEUVERS
1. Have you repented and been converted? If not, you need to stop right now in this study and do the following:
• Repent of your sins.
• Ask Jesus to forgive you.
• Accept Him as your Lord and Savior.
• Turn from your sinful ways (be converted).
2. As a believer, when you sin, you must also repent. Study the following Biblical examples:

THE CORINTHIANS:
The believers at a city called Corinth had to repent: Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance… (II Corinthians 7:9)
For I fear, lest, when I come…that I shall bewail many which have sinned already and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed. (II Corinthians 12:20-21)

THE EPHESIANS:
The believers at Ephesus were told to repent: Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen and repent and do the first
works. (Revelation 2:5)

CHRISTIANS IN PERGAMOS:
God told the Christians in Pergamos: Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them
with the sword of my mouth. (Revelation 2:16)

CHRISTIANS IN SARDIS:
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. (Revelation 3:3)

CHRISTIANS IN LAODICEA:
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; Be zealous therefore, and repent. (Revelation 3:19)

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HOW ABOUT YOU…
Is there unconfessed sin in your life? Wherever there is sin, there must be repentance: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:8-9)
3. Because repentance is necessary for salvation, God made a special plan to enable the message of repentance to reach everyone. The call to repentance began in the New Testament with the ministry of John the Baptist: The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way the Lord, make His path straight.
John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. (Mark 1:3-4)
Repentance was the first message Jesus preached: Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, And saying, the time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the Gospel. (Mark 1:14-15)
Repentance was preached by believers in the early Church: And they went out and preached that men should repent. (Mark 6:12)
…Testifying both to the Jews and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 20:21)
Today, believers still have the responsibility to spread the message of repentance throughout the world. Jesus gave final instructions to His followers that…
…repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:47)
When you preach the message of repentance, you are actually calling others to enlist in God’s army. Will you make a commitment to start drafting others into this great spiritual army?
4. If you are responsible to share the message of repentance and call others to enlist in God’s army then you must know how men are persuaded to repent. Men repent because of:

THE GOODNESS OF GOD:
The blessings of God in the life of an ungodly person are not to be mistaken as God’s approval of his life style. The goodness of God is one way the Lord appeals to men to turn to Him:
Despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and long suffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (Romans 2:4)

PREACHING:
The preaching of the Word of God causes men to repent. The preaching of Jonah resulted in the whole city of Ninevah repenting: The men of Ninevah shall rise in judgment with this generation and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas. (Matthew 12:41)

CHRIST’S CALL:
As the Word of God is preached, people hear and respond to the call of Christ which leads to repentance: I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Matthew 9:13)

GOD, THE FATHER:
Jesus said no one could come to Him except the Father draw him. God draws men to repentance: No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him… (John 6:44)

REBUKE:
Rebuke causes men to repent. Rebuke is correction given from the Word of God: …If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. (Luke 17:3)

GODLY SORROW:
As you learned, repentance may be accompanied by emotion. Natural emotion alone is not true repentance, but Godly emotion leads to true repentance:
Godly sorrow [for sin] worketh repentance to salvation. (II Corinthians 7:10)

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ANSWERS:

1. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:32)
2. Repentance is “an inward decision or change of mind resulting in the outward action of turning from sin to God and righteousness.”
3. Review the discussion on this subject in Chapter Two.
4. When you ask for forgiveness of sins you experience “conversion.” Conversion means “to turn.” When it is used in connection with Biblical repentance, it means to “turn from the wrong way to the right way.” You leave the Kingdom of Satan and join the Kingdom of God.
5. Review the discussion on this subject in Chapter Two.
6. When you repent from sin and make the decision to turn from your sinful ways this establishes a right relationship with God. This right relationship or right standing before God is called “justification.”
7. When you are justified by repentance and conversion, you are “saved” from a life of sin as well as from the penalties of sin. This is what it means to be “saved” and what the Bible is speaking of when the term “salvation” is used.
8. When the young man realized his sinful condition he made a decision to go to his father and repent of his sin. This is an example of repentance, an inward decision which results in outward action. He then arose and left the old life and went to his father to start a new life. This is conversion.

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