The second wave of the pandemic has broken out, and famines are at hand. Many people foretell that the day of the Lord’s coming has arrived, and God’s kingdom is approaching. The Lord Jesus said, “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17). This is the Lord’s requirement for each of us. Only when we have true repentance can we be protected by God and have the opportunity to be taken up into the heavenly kingdom. Then how can we achieve true repentance?
The Lord Jesus prophesied, “He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).
Nowadays, disasters such as floods, earthquakes, famines, and plagues occur constantly all over the world. In the face of these disasters, we will all feel panic. What should we do to attain God’s salvation amidst disasters?
Disasters are now upon us. An epidemic is spreading all over the world, the omens of the Lord’s coming have been fulfilled, and those who long for God’s appearance are longing for the Savior to come, rescuing humanity from disaster and bringing us into the kingdom of heaven. Two thousand years ago, the Lord Jesus said, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). Only by achieving genuine repentance can we be saved and enter the kingdom of heaven. But what is genuine repentance? Is it believing in the Lord and having our sins forgiven, yet still often sinning, resisting God, and living in sin we can’t extricate ourselves from? Is it to make sacrifices, expend ourselves, and to outwardly do good deeds? The crosstalk “Have You Really Repented?” reveals the answer for you.
We posted this question, many brothers and sisters expressed their views one after another, of which many people said that they should repent to God. Thank God! It is a good thing that we can have the heart to repent. But if we want to achieve true repentance, only the willingness to repent is not enough. We still need to know what true repentance is and how to have true repentance. Next, let’s communicate this issue together.
What’s true repentance? Some say, “As long as we pray to the Lord and confess our sins more often, practice humility and patience, and have a lot of good deeds, this means that we have had true repentance. But the Bible says, ‘Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord’ (Hebrews 12:14). We still sin and resist God involuntarily every day, is this true repentance?
“And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more then six score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?” (Jonah 4:11).
Now disasters are becoming more and more serious. Only if we truly repent to God can we gain God’s guidance during disasters so that we can have a way forward and be raptured into the heavenly kingdom.Many believers in the Lord have such confusions: We often confess our sins and repent to the Lord in tears, but we still live in a cycle of sinning and confessing, unable to extricate ourselves. Is this true repentance? Can we who often sin and do not truly repent be qualified to enter the kingdom of heaven? Here we select Bible verses about repentance and related content to help brothers and sisters who are truly waiting for the Lord’s return find the way to escape sin, achieve true repentance, and enter the kingdom of heaven.
It’s recorded in the Old Testament when the Ninevites learned that God had decided to bring down disaster to destroy the city of Nineveh, they truly confessed their sins and repented to God, and thus received God’s mercy and tolerance—God no longer destroyed the city and they survived. Nowadays, the various manifestations of people’s evil, depravity, and resistance to God are worse than those of the Ninevites before repentance. All kinds of disasters are now warning us to hurry to come to God and truly repent as the Ninevites did. Only thus can we win God’s mercy and tolerance. Then, what is true repentance?
Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
– Acts 2:38
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
These words of Peter remind those who do not follow Jesus that: Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, their sins will be forgiven and they can gain God’s guidance.
The Old Testament recorded that people who kept the law became increasingly corrupt at the end of the Age of Law, to the extent that they had no enough sin offerings to atone, and even offered up blind and lame cattle, sheep and pigeons for God. People of that age no longer upheld the law because of the bondage of sins and they were all in danger of being condemned to death for breaking the law. God loves mankind, and He couldn’t bear to see them live under the domain of Satan and be condemned to death for breaking the law, so He was incarnated as the Lord Jesus to save people. The Bible said: “Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent you, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:14-15). Jesus Christ had brought the gospel of repentance to people under the law.
In recent years, disasters have been growing more and more severe, such as earthquakes, plagues, fires, floods and so on. Many people have realized that frequent disasters are signs of the Lord’s return, and the Lord’s day is upon us. The Lord Jesus said, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). Clearly, only those who truly repent can be protected by God and avoid being destroyed in disasters. So, what’s true repentance? How can we achieve true repentance? Let’s explore this topic together.