TUESDAY, AUGUST 4
“Bring forth therefore
fruits meet for repentance…”
REPENT AND BE CONVERTED
The Hebrew word (in the Old Testament) translated as “repent” signifies to “lament” or “grieve.” The Greek word metanoeo expresses the true New Testament idea of the spiritual change implied in a sinner’s return to God. This Greek term signifies to have another mind, to change the opinion or purpose with regard to sin (ISBE).
Sins blotted out: To repent is to think differently or to have a change of mind in one’s perception of sin. The person acknowledges his being a sinner and comes to Jesus Christ through faith in His name, “in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Eph 1:7).
Jesus comes again: This is the blissful hope of those who repent and are converted. Those who truly believe are robed in Jesus’ righteousness and are anticipating the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15).
Heaven will receive: The word “receive” denotes a completed action. There is the assurance of His reception in heaven. Those who are His through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus are also assured to be received in heaven. The word “restitution” means “restoration to a former state.” This reception in heaven would be after the restoration of the kingdom to Israel where the Lord Jesus Christ will sit on the throne of David and He will reign for a thousand years on earth. “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Rev 20:4).
Do you have the assurance to reign with Christ in the millennium? Have you secured a place in the Kingdom of God?
THOUGHT: Am I heaven bound?
PRAYER: Father, I repent of my sins and believe in Jesus Christ.