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Repent is the first word that was preached. John the Baptist preached to repent and prepared the way to Jesus as in Matthew 3:1&2. In my own language bible, the phrase, "change your mind" is used for "repent ye." So, 'repent ye' means 'change your mind'. What do we mean by change your mind? If we change our minds from doing sins, we will not do sin anymore. Christians say they repent from sins and still doing sins. That is not repentance, may be regret, or it is fake repentance. Feel sorry for sin is not repentance. Jesus was also preaching to repent as John did, as in Matthew 4:17. If we repent for our sins, and live in obedience to God, which is by the commands of Jesus Christ, we will inherit the kingdom of God. Jesus preached repentance as the pre-requisite to the gospel and then he preached the gospel. If people did not repent, that is changed their minds from sins, they will not enter heaven. For more details, please refer to the links: "Video & Transcript."
Conversion is the next step to repentance. Repentance happen in the mind, and conversion happens in the life. Here, our life must be changed from sinning to the life of obedience to God. Acts 3:19 says, "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ..." So, repentance followed by conversion is required for forgiveness of sins. In "Matthew 18:3 (Jesus) said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." So, being converted we must become like little children, that is, we must have innocent mind, to enter heaven. This child person will be humble, will receive grace and power from God and will grow to become a son of God. In Luke 22:31-32, " the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not:" Here we see that Peter does not have enough strength to take or resist the assault of Satan. Now Jesus has prayed for him. The verse continues to say; "when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." Peter is supposed to be converted first, and this is a different level in conversion. When he has attained the strong level, then he should strengthen the other disciples also. So, he must convert them also to the same level of conversion that he has received. For more details, please refer to the links: "Video & Transcript."
In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul says, that Jesus Christ told him "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. ..., that the power of Christ may rest upon me." Paul says that the power of God is grace that makes him perfect."Romans 5:17 ... much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ... 21 as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." So, if Christ gives us his grace, he rules us with his power. If grace rules over us, it is proof that we will obey Jesus Christ. He told his disciples to obey him in John 14:15. In 16 he says, "I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; and in 23 he says, ... my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." That is, God the Father and Jesus also will come and abide in them. These will be their progressive growth in conversion. Peter will first receive this abiding of God in him, and he will lead the other disciples also to the same abiding. This will make a Son into the Bride, and other disciples also will be converted to the level of the bride of Christ. For more details, please refer to the links: "Video & Transcript."
In John 8:41, the scribes and Pharisees told Jesus, "We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God." Then Jesus replied to them in verse "44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do." That is, their father is the devil. So, religious people say that God is their Father, but Jesus tells them that their father is the devil, so their God is the devil. Jesus told about them in Mark 4:12, "That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand;" That is, they may see and hear, but God will not give them spiritual understanding. Again, it says, "lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them." That is, God wants them neither to be converted, nor their sins to be forgiven. At present time, they are theologians, pastors, preachers, and their followers. God hates them. For more details, please refer to the links: "Video & Transcript."
Matthew 25:21 says, "His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." So, be humble. Proud people think that they know it all and they become prey to deceivers. There is a fake movement, they think that whatever comes in their mind is the commandments of Jesus. Reject that move, since that is from Satan. If we are guided by the spirit and confirmed by the word of God, then only we will be under the commandments of Jesus Christ. If we obey them, then we will become sons of God to inherit the kingdom of God. We may even become Joint heirs with Jesus Christ. "Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." The overcomers will inherit all things in heaven including the glory of God. "Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son." This is the promise of God. So, go for it. For more details, please refer to the links: "Video & Transcript."
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My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
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