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from Pastor Jason

               Repentance is misunderstood in the church today, and  ingredients: (1) Sight of Sin, (2) Sorrow for sin, (3) Confession of
        largely neglected.  Many think repentance is an Old Testament  sin, (4) Shame for sin, (5) Hatred for sin, and (6) Turning from sin.
        practice that is no longer required of New Testament believers.   If any one is left out it loses its virtue.” So to start with, we must
        Others  see  repentance  only  as  a  means  to  condemn,  not  as  a  actually see our sin for what it is.  Where do we recognize sin in
        means to restore an individual to God.  This has not always been  our  lives…  in  our  hearts?    Jesus  said,  “From  within,  out of  the
        the case.  Martin Luther, igniting the reformation in 1517 with his  heart  of  man,  come  evil  thoughts,  sexual  immorality,  theft,
        95 theses, wrote as his first thesis, “When our Lord and Master  murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy,
        Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Mat 4:17), he willed the entire life of  slander,  pride,  foolishness.  All  these  evil  things  come  from
        believers to be one of repentance.”  Repentance has historically  within, and they defile a person” (Mark 7:21-23).  Do we see our
        been held in high regard amongst Christians.           sin as God sees it?  And if so, do we allow the sight of our sin boil
               What  does  the  New  Testament  have  to  say  about  over into sorrow, confession, and shame?  Or do we think it wise
        repentance?  Jesus first words of public ministry were, “Repent,  to neglect our sin, presuming it will go away, saying “I just don’t
        for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mat 4:17).  And Jesus’ last  like  to  think  about  it”?    Try  that  when  you  have  an  infected
        words, in red letters to the churches of Revelation, were:   tooth!  Or when you have appendicitis!  You will think about it…
            *   To  Ephesus,  “I  have  this  against  you,  that  you  eventually.    And  even  if  we  see  our  sin  for  what  it  is,  and  the
               abandoned  the  love  you  had  at  first.    Remember  sight of it brings about sorrow, confession, and shame… is our
               therefore from where you have  fallen;  repent, and do  remedy complete?  Not so.  If it were, then the rich young ruler,
               the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and  though “very sad”, would not have walked away from Jesus.  And
               remove  your  lampstand  from  its  place,  unless  you  Judas, though very distraught, would not have “went and hanged
               repent.” (Rev 2:4-5)                            himself.”
            *   To  Pergamum,  “You  have  some  there  who…  put  a   Do we hate our sin enough… to turn from it?  Jesus said,
               stumbling block before the [people], that they might eat  “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away.
               food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality...   For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your
               Therefore repent.” (Rev 2:16)                   whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes
            *   To Thyatira, “I gave her time to repent, but she refuses  you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you
               to repent of her sexual immorality.  Behold, I will throw  lose  one  of  your  members  than  that  your  whole  body  go  into
               her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with  hell” (Mat 5:29-30).  Will we act violently against sin?  Will we act
               her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent  immediately against sin?  Will we act permanently against sin?
               of her works.” (Rev 2:21-22)                    Believe it or not, Jesus actually requires us to conquer sin…  Look
            *   To Laodicea, “I know your works: you are neither cold  again at his final words to the churches of Revelation:
               nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! Those   *   To Ephesus, “To the one who conquers… I will grant to
               whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and   eat  of  the  tree  of  life,  which  is  in  the  paradise  of
               repent.” (Rev 3:15, 19)                                God.” (Rev 2:7)
        And what of the Apostles?  What did they have to say?     *   To Smyrna, “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you
            *   Peter preached, “Repent and be baptized every one of   the  crown  of  life…  The  one  who  conquers  will  not  be
               you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of   hurt by the second death.” (Rev 2:10-11)
               your  sins,  and  you  will  receive  the  gift  of  the  Holy   *   To  Pergamum,  “To  the  one  who  conquers…  I  will  give
               Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)                                   some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white
            *   Peter addressed the people, “Repent therefore, and turn   stone,  with  a  new  name  written  on  the  stone…”  (Rev
               back, that your sins may be  blotted out, that times of   2:17)
               refreshing  may  come  from  the  presence  of  the   *   To  Thyatira,  “The  one  who  conquers…  and  who  keeps
               Lord…” (Acts 3:19-20)                                  my works until the end, to him I will give authority over
            *   Peter  said,  “Repent,  therefore,  of  this  wickedness  of   the nations…” (Rev 2:26)
               yours,  and  pray  to  the  Lord  that…  the  intent  of  your   *   To Sardis, “The one who conquers… will be clothed thus
               heart may be forgiven you.” (Acts 8:22)                in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of
            *   Paul  addresses  the  men  of  Athens,  “The  times  of   the book of life.” (Rev 3:5)
               ignorance  God  overlooked,  but  now  he  commands  all   *   To Philadelphia, “The one who conquers…, I will make
               people everywhere to repent.” (Acts 17:30)             him a pillar in the temple of my God.” (Rev 3:12)
            *   Paul  declared,  “that  they  should  repent…  and  turn  to   *   To Laodicea, “The one who conquers…, I will grant him
               God,  performing  deeds  in  keeping  with  their      to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat
               repentance.” (Acts 26:20)                              down with my Father on his throne.” (Rev 3:21)
        Have we considered that a critical element of the Good News… is  Are we conquering sin?  This doesn’t mean we are perfect.  We
        Repentance?                                            are all sinners.  But do we have any inward vigor or passion to
               If  so,  we  must  look  at  what  repentance  consists  of.   conquer sin, to be holy?  The Bible tells us to, “strive for peace
        Thomas  Watson  in  The  Doctrine  of  Repentance  wrote,  with everyone, and for  holiness without which no one will see
        “Repentance  is  a  spiritual  medicine  made  up  of  six  special  the  Lord”  (Heb  12:14).    As  J.C.  Ryle  put  it,  “Even  if  you  could
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