III) The Gospel -
What is it?
The good news is that:
• The one and only God who is holy made us in his image to know him (Gen. 1:26-28).
• But we sinned and cut ourselves off from him (Gen. 3; Rom. 3:23).
In his great love, God became a man in Jesus, lived a perfect life, and
died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law himself and taking on
himself the punishment for the sins of all those who would ever turn
from their sin and trust in him (John 1:14; Heb. 7:26; Rom. 3:21-26,
• He rose again from the dead, showing
that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us
had been exhausted (Acts 2:24, Rom. 4:25).
now calls us to repent of our sins and trust in Christ alone for our
forgiveness (Acts 17:30, John 1:12). If we repent of our sins and trust
in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God
that Jn 1:12 & Jn 3:16 do not contain or imply repent of ones sins
in the sense of not committing them? The operative word is "believe"
and believe alone: A moment of faith alone in Christ alone + nothing
A) [Compare John 1:12-13]:
1:12 NASB) "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to
become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
(Jn 1:13 NASB) who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God."
B) [Compare Acts 17:30-31]:
(Acts 17:30 NASB) "Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,
(Acts 17:31 NASB) because
He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness
through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men
by raising Him from the dead."
Acts 17:30 has 16 chapters before it
which fully establishes that the repent in view is a change of mind
from not believing to believing in Christ alone for forgiveness of sins
and nothing else.
C) [Acts 10:43]:
(Acts 10:43 NASB) "Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins."
D) [Compare Acts 16:30-31]:
(Acts 16:30 NASB) "And he [the keeper of the prison, (v. 27)] brought them out and said, 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?'
(Acts 16:31 NASB) 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved' "
So where is the concept of repent / turning from committing sins to not committing sins? NO WHERE!!!For
other passages in Acts and elsewhere in the Bible refer to a change of
mind from not believing to believing unto eternal life as evidence in
the examination of the word repent linked below which is an absolute
essential for the believer to master if he is to be qualified to share
the gospel of eternal life:
****** EXCERPT FROM STUDY OF THE WORD REPENT ******
DEFINED IN GOD'S WORD
I) THE GREEK WORDS
METANOEO (VERB) AND METANOIA (NOUN) RENDERED "TO REPENT" AND "REPENTANCE"
MEAN A CHANGE OF THE MIND. THEY DO NOT INCLUDE OTHER SPHERES OF ACTIVITY
OUTSIDE OF THE MIND, SUCH AS A CHANGE OF BEHAVIOR, WITHOUT OTHER WORDS
PRESENT IN THE TEXT AT HAND TO DESIGNATE THIS
The Greek words metanoeo (verb) and
metanoia (noun) rendered to repent and repentance come from the
combination of the Greek words meta meaning 'after', implying
change and the Greek word noeo meaning the mind. They literally
mean an 'after thought,' in the sense of a rethinking. The implication
here is a change of mind - a change in the direction of thought - from one
thing to another which things are mutually exclusive from one
another. Furthermore, the sphere of this word is limited to within
the mind. Other spheres of activity such as a change of behavior are not
in view relative to the word repent, as some contend. These other
activities require other words to be present in the text at hand which
designate changes outside of the sphere of the mind.
A) [Compare 2 Tim
(2 Tim 2:24 NKJV) "And a servant
of the LORD must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,
(2 Tim 2:25 NKJV) in humility
correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them
repentance, so that they may know the truth."
(v. 25) Those who oppose him he must
gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance [metanoian]
leading them to a knowledge of the truth."
Notice that author Paul indicates that
a servant of the Lord, a pastor/teacher is to gently instruct
in the Word of God, (v. 4:2), those who oppose him in the hope
that God will grant them repentance, i.e., a change of mind which
leads to a knowledge, i.e., an acceptance, belief in the truth of
God's Word being taught. So repentance = metanoian here is not a
feeling of regret, or an action of some kind, but simply a change of mind
from opposing, i.e., rejecting or disbelieving truths from God's Word to a
knowledge and acceptance of them, i.e., belief in them. From disbelief to
belief. When one believes in a statement which is taught in Scripture, one
turns from doubt or unbelief to faith in that statement.
RELATIVE TO FORGIVENESS OF SINS UNTO ETERNAL LIFE IN THE ETERNAL KINGDOM
OF GOD MEANS TO CHANGE THE MIND - TO TURN FROM A BELIEF SYSTEM WHICH IS
NOT SOLELY IN CHRIST ALONE TO ONE WHICH IS