Repent and Turn

February 6, 2013 | Tags:

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From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”

Matthew 4:17 NLT

There is a two-fold process in the salvation of Jesus Christ. First, the acknowledgment of sin must occur. Second, one must turn away from their sin and turn to God instead. There is no salvation in Christ without both of these elements. “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” (Romans 10:9).

These efforts are not done in the flesh. They are only done in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44). God is the one who opens the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf to understand their true, sinful nature and rejection of God in living by their own desires. Jesus came to save people from their sins. The name Jesus in Hebrew is Yeshua, which means “The Lord saves.” His ministry is all about shining the light of truth into darkened hearts so that people can repent and turn to God.

For this people’s heart has grown callous;
their ears are hard of hearing,
and they have shut their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn back—
and I would cure them.

Matthew 13:15

“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it” (Acts 4:12).

By Courtney Silberman

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