Steps to Christ, Pt. 3: Repentance

Okay peeps… so this chapter is a long one, but soooo good!  My hope is that you are truly following along with reading the entire chapter, even before you come to this site.  And PLEASE if you have any comments or points of clarification, don’t hesitate to ask by clicking the comment link below or by emailing me directly at matthew@matthewgamble.com.

So Ellen states right off the bat, “How shall a man be just with God?  How shall the sinner be made righteous?  It is only through Christ that we can be brought into harmony with God, with holiness; but how are we to come to Christ?  Many are asking the same question as did the multitude on the day of Pentecost, when, convicted of sin, they cried out, ‘What shall we do?’ The first word of Peter’s answer was, ‘Repent.’ At another time, shortly after, he said, ‘Repent . . . and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.’ “ (Acts 3:19)

Repentance is actually a gift from God.  It means a turning away from.  I remember when I first started following the teachings of Jesus.  I was so overwhelmed at times because at the core of my being I was so selfish (still am in some respects!).  All I was into was worldly pleasures and worldly gain.  As I started growing closer to Jesus and understanding Him more, I was more and more convicted of sin in my life.  Simply put, Jesus invited me through the Holy Spirit convicting me, to turn away from sins in my life.  He didn’t leave me hanging to do it all on my own, however.  He led me and is still leading me to become more like Him and less like sinful self.

What it comes down to is a simple yielding of myself to Jesus.  Ellen states, “But when the heart yields to the influence of the Spirit of God, the conscience will be quickened, and the sinner will discern something of the depth and sacredness of God’s holy law…” What does this yielding look like?  The Psalmist David writes, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your loving kindness.  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51).

“A repentance such as this,” Ellen writes, “is beyond the reach of our own power to accomplish; it is obtained only from Christ…” That being said, go to God and ask from Him the gift of repentance.  Later she states, “Ask Him to give you repentance, to reveal Christ to you in His infinite love, in His perfect purity.”

At the end of the day, I believe that all Jesus is trying to do is help each one of us come to the place where we recognize our deficiency and learn to TRUST Jesus wholly and completely.  If you’ve ever wondered what the Bible is about, what going to church is all about, what paying tithe is all about, what singing songs of praise is all about, in my humble opinion it all comes down to God wanting to teach us to TRUST Him with everything and in so doing stop putting our faith in ourselves.

Lastly, remember that “It was sinners that Christ came to save.  We have not to reconcile God to us, but–O wondrous love!–’God in Christ is reconciling the world unto Himself.’ “ We simply must come to the place where we cry out to God like blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:47-48) and Jesus will be faithful to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Remember that in Revelation 3:19, the Bible tells us that because Jesus loves us, he will rebuke us and discipline us, so be excited and repent!  Repentance is an invitation that God gives us and is GREAT NEWS!

Blessings,

Matthew

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