How We Get to Repentance

Daily God Walk for Thursday, July 7, 2011

 “I am sending you to [the gentiles] to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” – Acts 26:18

 Paul was standing before King Agrippa giving his testimony in our verse today. He is telling of his conversion and quoting what Jesus spoke to him when he appeared to himl on the road to Damascus. The message he was given to preach was light and life to the Gentiles through faith in Jesus and turning away from Satan.

He continued to explain what he preached: “I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds” (v20). Paul’s message was very simple, so simple in fact that the Jews who had converted felt that he was not being strong enough because he was not requiring people obey the law.

Today he would be accused of “easy believism” because he did not stress circumcision, keeping the Sabbath or eating only the proscribed foods. He had been given a message of grace and forgiveness by Jesus himself and he stayed true to his message.

This is the message of faith which leads to salvation that we read about in Romans 10. He declares in verse 9, “That 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.” He is speaking of a confession of faith which leads one to a life of repentance from his old way of living.

How does a person get to the place of faith which leads to repentance? Paul goes on to explain in verses 14-17 that the process includes someone called of God to preach the gospel, those who will hear the gospel, and those who believe what they hear. Then, when they believe they call upon the name of the Lord and are saved.

We preach the message, they hear the message and the Holy Spirit brings conviction. They receive faith and confess their faith which leads to repentance. That’s it. It is just that simple.

 Prayer: Thank you Lord for the simple yet effective gospel. Amen.

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