Grace Enablement.


Grace enables practical spiritual relationships which reveals the Father heart of God towards the Community of Humanity. Grace gives the God given ability to relieve the suffering of Guilt, shame and condemnation that God’s people have been sacked with in the name of the gospel.

A great aspect of God’s ministry of deliverance is His desire to deliver His people from the guilt and condemnation laid upon them by the religious yoke of bondage. Once you understand the Father heart of God you will run to Him and experience His love and forgiveness that is already yours. He will live His life through you bringing Gospel truths to the Community of Humanity.

The believer’s life was never intended to be based on man’s ability through religion, but on God’s ability to fill you with Himself, which empowers you to live the grace life.

As people of God we need to expand our awareness of God's presence within us, and by the grace of God understand the revelation of the mystery of the gospel, which is God manifested in the flesh. That is, that Christ would be magnified in our bodies, that He would grow in us and fill us with His Spirit so that it is "No longer we who live, but Christ who lives within us".

Only then will God’s glory cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. This can only be accomplished by the grace of God, through His Spirit coming alive within the people of God and raising them above the law of sin and death which only grace can do. Only God can live the holy, consecrated and dedicated life that every spiritually hungry person desires. As we learn to apply the power of the resurrection in a practical way in our daily living, will we find the abundant life that Jesus promised us becoming more of a reality flowing out of our innermost being.



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  1. IS REPENTANCE ESSENTIAL IN ORDER TO BE SAVED? BY STEVE FINNELL

    A belief among some who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior is that men are saved by faith only. They assert if you simply believe in Jesus your sins are forgiven and you are part of the kingdom of God. Is that a Scriptural concept? No it is not.

    Demons believe, however, they are not saved. Demons do not repent.

    Mark 5:6-13 Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him; 7 and shouting with a loud voice, he said "What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!"........12 The demons implored Him, saying, "Send us into the swine so so that we may enter into them." 13 Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea. (NASB)

    1. The demons believed in God.
    2. The demons believed that Jesus was the Son of God.
    3. The demons were not saved. Why? The demons did not repent.
    4. Believing in Jesus without repentance cannot save anyone.


    REPENTANCE

    Mark 1:14-15 Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." (NASB)

    1. Note: Jesus said the kingdom of God is at hand. The church of Christ did not arrived until the Day of Pentecost 33 AD. The Lord's church is the kingdom of God on earth.

    2. Jesus said repent and believe the gospel.

    Luke 24:47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. (NASB)

    1. Jesus said repentance was essential for the forgiveness of sins.

    2. Jesus said repentance for forgiveness would begin in Jerusalem. It did begin in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost 33 AD (Acts Chapter two)

    3. The new covenant church, that is the kingdom of God on earth began 33 AD at Jerusalem.

    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NASB)

    1.After the three thousand believed the sermon Peter preached, he told the to repent so their sins could be forgiven.

    2. Peter also told them to be baptized so their sin could be forgiven.

    Acts 2: 38 And Peter replied, "Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift, the Holy Spirit. (The Living Bible-Paraphrased)

    1. The three thousand had to make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God.

    2. Yes, repentance is essential in order to receive the forgiveness of sins.

    3. Yes, water immersion is connected with a conjunction to link repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

    Acts 3:19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; (NASB)

    1. Yes repentance is necessary for the forgiveness of sins.

    Acts 3:19 Now change your mind and attitude to God and turn to him so he can cleanse away your sins and send you wonderful times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. (The Living Bible-Paraphrased)

    1. Yes repentance is essential.


    Repentance is essential for the forgiveness of sins. Acts 2:38

    Faith is essential for the forgiveness of sins. John 3:16

    Water immersion is essential for the forgiveness of sins. Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21, Acts 22:16

    Confession is essential for the forgiveness of sins. Romans 10:9-10

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  2. Now, I will respond to your take on repentance.

    When repentance is preached from the misunderstood understanding of the judgmental condemning condemners, repentance is used in context of repenting from sin or you will spend eternity in the region of the dammed. The following quotes along with the scriptures cited does not support such a meaning to the word.

    "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."
    Galatians 1:8, 9.

    "The word Metanoia is in every instance translated repentance. The word means a change of mind. The common practice of reading into this word the thought of sorrow or heart anguish is responsible for much confusion in the field of Soteriology ... This definition of this word as it is used in the New Testament is fundamental. Little or no progress can be made in a right induction of the word of God on this theme, unless the true and accurate meaning of the word is discovered and defended throughout." Chafer, Lewis Sperry. Systematic Theology, Vol. III. (p. 372).

    "Often the idea of believing is expressed by the word, repent (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 5:31; 8:22; 11:18; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20) ... The word means to change one's mind, and by its usage in the Book of Acts it means to change one's mind about Jesus of Nazareth being the Messiah. This involves no longer thinking of Him as merely the carpenter's son of Nazareth, an imposter, but now receiving Him as both Lord (Jehovah) and Messiah. Thus, repentance as preached by the apostles was not a prerequisite to nor a consequence of salvation, but was actually the act of faith in Jesus which brought salvation to the one who repented." Ryrie, Charles. Biblical Theology of the New Testament. (p. 116, 117).

    "What place has repentance in salvation? Should we tell people to repent of their sins to be saved? The Gospel of John....is written that men might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing they might have life through His name (20:31). And it does not mention the word 'repentance'. But that is only because repentance is a necessary part of saving faith. Strictly speaking, the repentance means a 'change of mind'. It is by no means the same thing as sorrow (II Corinthians 7:10). Since it is not possible to an unbeliever to become a believer without changing his mind, it is therefore unnecessary to say anything about it. The only thing for a man to do in order to be saved is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ: and to believe on Him is the same thing as receiving Him (John 1:11-13)." Pettingill, William. Bible Questions Answered. (p. 215-216).

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  3. "But in order to clarify the subject, it may be well to observe carefully what repentance is not, and then to notice briefly what it is. First, then repentance is not to be confounded with penitence... penitence is simply sorrow for sin... Nowhere is man exhorted to feel a certain amount of sorrow for his sins in order to come to Christ. Second, penance is not repentance. Penance is the effort in some way to atone for the wrong done... In the third place, let us remember that reformation is not repentance... Need I add that repentance then is not to be considered synonymous with joining a church or taking up one's religious duties, as people say. It is not doing anything. ...the Greek word, metanoia, which is translated 'repentance' in our English Bibles, literally means a change of mind." Ironside, Harry. Except Ye Repent. (p. 12-15).

    "When thinking of the word repent or repentance, there are at least two general ideas that are not repentance. Repentance does not mean to be sorry for some wrong I have done... Some may think repentance is promising to do good. I do not want to seem to be too harsh, but how much good is it going to do for anyone to promise to do good?
    ...Repentance is primarily a judgment about myself. The expression is often used which has an awkward translation into English is 'repenting of our sins'. Actually this is not a sound idea. The reason it is so awkward to say is that man does not 'repent his sins' nor does he 'repent of his sins', he repents himself. Repentance is judgment upon myself whereby I admit that I am not good... Repentance is a very important matter. Because it is not until I am willing to acknowledge before God that I am nothing in myself that I will believe the Gospel." Gutzke, Manford. Plain Talk About Christian Words. (p. 122, 123).

    "It is our purpose to discuss the Scriptural doctrine of repentance. It is important because so many minds have been confused concerning the simplicity of salvation by the perversion of the Scriptural teaching of this important doctrine... The doctrine has suffered tremendously from an erroneous concept held by most men, for when the word 'repent' is used, it brings to mind of the average individual the thought of sorrow for sin... And this sorrow for sin is usually called 'repentance'. But there could be nothing further from the concept of the Word of God than the idea that repentance means sorrow for sins. From the Word of God we discover that the word translated 'repent' means 'a change of mind'... Now, such as change of mind as the Scripture enjoins when it speaks of repentance may produce a sorrow for sin, but it will be the result after one has seen his sin in the light of holiness of God and has changed his attitude toward it." Pentecost, J. Dwight. Things Which Become Sound Doctrine. (p. 61, 62).


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    1. "Repent of Sin." This often-quoted phrase does not even occur in the Bible. Most people are quite shocked to find that it does not appear in the Scriptures. Nowhere does the Scripture use the phrase, "repent of sin" to be saved. Scripture does say in Acts 20:21, "repentance toward God" ("change of mind", and "faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ").

      This misuse of the word repentance has caused untold confusion among believers and unbelievers alike. Satan, the author of confusion (I Corinthians 14:33), has delighted in this misuse of the word repentance. One of the counterfeits Satan is using today is the misuse of the word repentance. To insist upon repentance that in any sense includes a demand for a change of conduct either toward God or man is to add an element of works or human effort to faith.

      Repentance in salvation means a change of mind from any idea of religion that man might have and accepting God's way of salvation. "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 (John 3:16)."

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  4. You are either getting senile or the truth is getting to you or a combination of other things by accusing me of posting something I did not post or saying I was desperate for something to comment on.

    Since you started this conversation and I didn`t I would like to make a few statements on repentance.

    Many in the modern day grace movement don`t believe the Holy Spirit will convict unbelievers of their sins or that you have to repent of your sins. They say the only thing you have to be forgiven of is your rejection of Christ. I can provide quotes.

    But I believe the same message that the early Church preached. They preached about sins in the plural not just one sin as modern day grace movement says.

    Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.(Acts 3:19)

    Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.(Acts 5:31)

    To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.(Acts 10:43)

    Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins. (Acts 13:38)

    To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (Acts 26:18)

    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.(1 john 1:9)

    Does this sound like there is only one sin that we need to be forgiven of as modern day grace movement teaches? Thank God if we confess our sins we will be forgiven of all unrighteousness.

    Many in modern day grace movement say that repentance is only a change of mind with no conviction involved.Then why did the grace preacher Paul say that godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation.(2 Corinthian 7:10)

    Whoever taught that the last great battle before the coming of Christ would be true grace verses false grace?

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