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What DO we believe? Lesson 3 (page 3)
Repentance
 

Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Our sins are in the depths of the sea, so quit diving for them! Leave them at the altar and forgive yourself. Walk up and down the corridors of your mind and take the ugly pictures of sin off the walls. Replace them with good thoughts. God made us. He did not make a mistake. Do not allow the devil to steal the praise that you owe to God for your forgiveness.

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

That Old Rugged Hill became a battlefield. Jesus won the battle when He said, “it is finished.” The plan for redemption was complete. Jesus came forth victorious over Death, Hell and the Grave. Satan, the accuser of our brethren was defeated. Victory hung on that old Rugged Cross!

1 John 2:1My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, HE is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness .

I believe Jesus gave us a perfect example of forgiveness when the soldiers came to arrest him. Peter pulled his sword and cut off the ear of one of the High Priest servants, (soldiers). Jesus knew this would probably mean a death sentence for Peter. Jesus needed Peter to proclaim his Gospel. Peter had been given the keys to the Kingdom. Jesus said, “put up your sword.” Then he stooped down, picked up the ear, put it back on the soldier and healed him. If the soldier wanted to accuse Peter of attacking him, WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE? Jesus erased the evidence when he healed the soldier. This is what Jesus does when we ask forgiveness, (repent). Jesus erases the evidence. Then when Satan, (the accuser), tries to bring up our past, Jesus can simply ask, “Where is your evidence?” You cannot get a conviction or judgment without evidence. He erases our sin when we repent. That sin is never remembered against us anymore. The second favorite trick of the devil is to remind us of our past mistakes. Ask the devil, “where is your evidence?” Satan’s favorite trick is to tell us that we have been so bad or have waited too long, and that God will not forgive us.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God said, that he would Repent Himself for his servants! God’s gift is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Only God has the ability to forgive sins. God, being a spirit, had no blood to shed. This is the reason that God made himself a body that had flesh and blood. That body was his son. The Spirit that was within that body was the spirit of the one and only God. God did not send another, He came himself. The flesh was the Son of God. The Spirit was God. This is the reason that Jesus could say, “thy sins be forgiven thee.”

Matthew 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

This is the reason that Jesus could make an eye from mud and heal the blind man.

John 9:1   And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

John 9:2   And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

John 9:3   Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Jesus showed by his actions that he was God manifested in the flesh. He was manifesting the works of God. God had formed man from the dust of the ground!

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

John 9:4   I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

John 9:5   As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

John 9:6   When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

John 9:7   And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

This is the reason that Jesus could take only five loaves and two fish and break them and multiply them to feed five thousand men, beside there were probably also women and children, and then take up twelve baskets full of the fragments.

Luke 9:14   For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.
Luke 9:15   And they did so, and made them all sit down.
Luke 9:16   Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.
Luke 9:17   And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.

Luke 9:18   And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?

Luke 9:19   They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.

Luke 9:20   He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

He was not, just a man. He was God manifested in the flesh.

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Acts 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

Acts 1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Luke 24:47And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.