Repent And Return To God
Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
12 Now when Jesus heard ……. 15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: 16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of deathLight has dawned.” 17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” ……..beyond the Jordan. Matthew 4:12-25
The passage above shows the NT records the fulfillment of the prophecies of the OT. However, its quite possible for us to take this too lightly, thinking in simple terms and not appreciating its profound implications.
The Lord’s work of salvation was not completed hastily but it had been planned meticulously from long ago. This is the reason the Lord Himself completed this work of salvation when He came to this earth and bore all the sins of the entire human race by being baptized by John the Baptist. The Lord revealed Himself on the earth as a Savior of every human being rather than just for the people of Israel. Jesus Christ fulfilled the righteousness of God through His baptism, death and resurrection. However, the passage reveals that Israel rejected the Suffering Messiah. This provided the Gentiles to benefit the gift of salvation and serve His Kingdom and Righteousness until the appointed time. In Rom 11:11, Paul affirms the attitude of Israel who rejected the Messiah Who came to save them.
The word repentance, ‘matanoeo’ in Greek, means to have a change of mind towards something or someone. It means the turning around from one attitude to another which produces a change of direction. It’s a word related to our reason rather than our emotions, although whatever deeply affects our reason will also touch our emotions. Repentance, as it relates to Christ, means to change our minds about Him,
Who He is and what He has done to provide forgiveness and deliverance from our sins. When we place faith in Jesus as having taken our place personally on the cross after shouldering our sins through His baptism, then we are automatically repenting because we couldn’t accept Him in this way without having had to change our mind in some way concerning Him. Perfect repentance will lead us to obey the will of God. This is to avoid being doomed to destruction if we do not repent and believe in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Blessing is only granted to those who repent. Repenting in Christ enables us to accept God’s love and His gift of righteousness. Only those who wholeheartedly believe in God’s righteousness will be saved.
The Lord has blessed us the believers who have returned to the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to carry out God’s work. The Lord has empowered us to save every sinner, just as He said, “follow me and I will make you fishers of man.” Matt 4:19 The Lord had come to a Gentile land and called Peter and Andrew who were fishing in the Sea of Galilee, saying to them “I will make you fishers of man, follow me.” Upon hearing this, Peter and Andrew threw away their nets and followed Jesus. This implies that God has given us the Gentiles to become Jesus’ disciples. Here we can see that the blessing of carrying out God’s work is actually granted to the Gentiles rather than the people of Israel.
So you and I can also find this grace of God today in our lives. Therefore, everyone in this world must return to Jesus Christ and believe in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness before it is too late. Faith in God’s Righteousness is the only way to be delivered from the impending destruction.
Dear friends, let us at NCCkl consider the revelation of Jesus Christ to us Gentiles, repent from dead works and return to serve His Kingdom and Righteousness.
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