Pastor’s Desk (090417)

Welcome to a tme of Worship in the house of the Lord. Beloved of Christ Jesus, Christan life is a life of repentance because God’s Word says in 2 Corinthians 5:17;
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creaton; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” As a new creaton, we must truly get rid of our old selves with a commitment like Paul: “…one thing I do, forgetng those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” (Philippians 3:13) This is the true repentance. Some confused Christans think that afer they received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, they do not need to repent again because they have been saved and their sins have been redeemed through Christ’s sacrifce at the cross. In fact, afer we have been saved and “… it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:18-19), we must maintain that salvaton that we have received with a fear and trembling through repentance every day. Thus repentance is a lifelong obligaton.

The Greek word for repentance is ‘metanoia’ which is translated as repentance in English meaning – change of mind. Generally, repentance is a state in which a sinner is remorseful of his sins which were revealed to him by God’s Word and the Holy Spirit, so that with his own will he wants to change his mind, acton and heart, and turn from his wicked ways toward God and His righteousness. When a person experiences repentance, his eyes and mind are open to understand the truth. The change of mind also means that we repent or turn from unbelief to the true faith. True repentance in a person involves three things,
namely: thoughts, feelings (heart) and also the will.

Beloved of Christ Jesus, while the door of grace is stll open and we stll have the tme and the opportunity, let us live in repentance. “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Luke 5:32. May the grace of God be with you, Amen!