In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
Mark chapter 1 verse 4 to 5.
John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Acts 17:30 - 31
Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord
And what does it mean to become converted, to become a Christian? Are you sure you know what it means to become a Christian? Nearly two billions and a half people alive as of 2015 C.E. think and believe they know, and they believe that they are Christian. Another over one billion who they think and believe that they are of the religion of Abraham the Father of the Faithful though they do not hold themselves to be Christians think that all these nearly two and half billion who think, believe and hold themselves to be Christians are actually, really Christians, the true followers and disciples of JESUS CHRIST. Almost all the rest of the over seven billion people alive in the world as of 2015 C.E. outside of these over three and half billion, also think, believe and hold that these nearly two billion people who think, believe and hold themselves to be Christian are really, actually Christians. But are they? Please read ‘Christianity — Know The Basics’ in the post ‘Why Create Life Through The Process Of Evolution’ for the discussion on what is the process to become converted, to become a Christian, a true Christian and not to become some fraudulent identity thieving murderer instead.
2 Chronicles 7:14
And testified against them, That You might bring them back to Your law.
Yet they acted proudly, And did not heed Your commandments, But sinned against Your judgments, ‘Which if a man does, he shall live by them.’ And they shrugged their shoulders, Stiffened their necks, And would not hear.
“Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from all your abominations.
Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord GOD. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel?
Ezekiel 18:30 - 31
Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself alive. Because he considers and turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die.
Ezekiel 18:27 - 28
Here is what JESUS CHRIST announced:
Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Mark 1:14 - 15
Mark 6:12 - 13
Luke 24:45 -48
Matthew 28:19 - 20
Revelation 9:20 - 21
Revelation 16:9 - 11
Original sin is a condition, not something that people do: It's the normal spiritual and psychological condition of human beings, not their bad thoughts and actions. Even a newborn baby who hasn't done anything at all is damaged by original sin.
But I did find this: God created people to be virtuous, but they have each turned to follow their own downward path.
Ecclesiastes 7:29 (New Living Translation).
For the discussion series on whether mankind were created by GOD as inherently sinful and evil, or essentially upright please read the post, ‘What Is Right With Humankind Anyway’ n the blog ‘A Christian Pilgrimage’.
2. Missing The Mark.
This concept also encompasses the idea of failing to measure up to a standard. For example, most academic courses and tests are graded or judged according to a minimum standard. If we don’t meet that standard, we fail that test or course. A minimum level of performance is expected, and anything less than that standard is failure. By not meeting that standard, we “miss the mark” and don’t pass. We can miss the mark by either missing the goal at which we were aiming or by falling short of that goal. In either situation we fail to reach the mark set for us.
2 Peter 3:15 - 16
For a concise discussion on the connection of grace and the law (of GOD) please read the post, ‘The False Prophet Part 2 of 2’ where the concept of Sovereign Grace of GOD was also briefly discussed.
What The Bible Said Sin Is.
Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
1 John 3:4
All unrighteousness is sin
1 John 5:17
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
Questions for readers but especially for all the proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives as well as all the Elect in all the so called Churches of God today:
What do you think? Would a all powerful, all knowing GOD need to put in a place a ‘Plan B’ just in case HIS ‘Plan A’ failed totally but not only just in case it failed but that it inexplicably did?
What do you think? Would a all powerful, all knowing GOD purposefully choose not to know what we are going to do (i.e. will be doing moment by moment) as the only possible way for us to have freewill?
What do you think? Would an all powerful, all knowing, all wise all intelligent GOD really not know ahead (because HE deliberately choose to refuse to know) that both Adam and Eve would directly disobey to take and eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil so that not only also did ‘Plan A’ failed but ‘Plan B’ also failed so there must then also be a ‘Plan C’ and probably many, many other further fall back plans since the first and second unexpectedly and inexplicable failed? Would all the letters of the English alphabets be able to have enough plans to cover for all of them to unexpectedly and inexplicably failing?
What do you think? Would the ‘Elijah Who Is To Come’, an Apostle of GOD no less, sent (or raised up) by GOD to restore all things and actually did restored all things (as claimed), be so ignorant as to not understand what blasphemy is at the most basic, and also not understand the simplest thing about freewill, intelligence and knowledge?
What do you think? Did the sole Messenger to the Philadelphia period of the Church of GOD who was both (as so claimed) an Apostle and The ‘Elijah Who Is To Come’, fully complete the commission of the Church, the commission ordained by LORD JESUS, which was to preach the Gospel message as a witness to the whole world and to make disciples of all those who believed and repented? Did this Messenger as he so claimed fully completed the commission and work of the Church of GOD such that the Church of GOD since then no longer needs to preach the Gospel message anymore and are no longer to make new disciples of all those who believe and repent but instead are to just focus on getting the Church ready to receive LORD JESUS?
Well, irregardless of what you want to believe (both then and now) I hope you have both the sincerity and courage to recognized lies when they have been spelt out to you to your face instead of continuing to believe lies because you lusted uncontrollably to.
But that is not all, all these too are clearly, plainly and explicitly recorded in the Christian Holy Scriptures testified to in prophecy in both the Old Testament and New Testament records, including in the recorded words of JESUS CHRIST during HIS three and a half year ministry as the MESSENGER and MEDIATOR of The Covenant.
And I am not publishing and asserting all these to put anyone down or to judge anyone but with the hope that they will wake up from their lust (especially ego supergorging lust) drunken stupor and repent before the day (i.e. the Tribulation) come upon them as a thief in the night. To repent from refusing to believe GOD by choosing to believing lies to obey (i.e. worship) some men who claimed themselves to be the faithful remnants best of the best of the over a hundred of the congregations of so called Churches of God despite this directly contradicting the explicit and clear testimonies of the Scripture of Truth.
The simple fact and truth of a small group (numbering very less than a million) of people claiming themselves as the true Christians who all still keep (with their mouths but not their hearts, meaning pay lip service to) and honor the full unaltered Ten Commandments and the exact commemoration of the Everlasting New Covenant (whether they claimed themselves as the Church of God or not) but (yet) with their open naked brazen shame of ego gorging lust (Revelation 3:17) to claimed themselves as of being the really truth loving, fervently zealous, and the mega super faithful and righteous, available published for the perusal (Revelation 3:18) of the whole world of mankind is the definitive indisputable evidence and proof of both the truth of the Christian Holy Scriptures and the testimonies of this work. This is because these Scriptures from nearly two thousand ago and also much earlier (during the Old Testament period in the major prophesies of the ‘major’ Prophets such as Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Malachi and also many other ‘minor’ Prophets) had explicitly, precisely and exactly prophesied of this. The precise fulfillment of these groups of people (in the over a hundred so called Churches of God) who are the true disciples of LORD JESUS, the small flock of true Christians behaving exactly this way, then a whole world of nearly two billions and a half fraudulent “Christians”, the ancient Babylonian Mystery religion in the guise of Christianity, all practicing major doctrines and celebrations that are not only not recorded in the Christian Holy Scriptures but are directly in contradiction to the consistency of these Scriptures as well requiring their followers and discipleship to reject the things these Scriptures, the Scripture of Truth, clearly, plainly and explicitly commanded and to persecute, torture and murder (whenever they have the power impunity) all those who would still keep them. This is of course only if you think that the Christian Holy Scriptures can be believed.
The consistent records of the Christian Holy Scriptures from the very first book (Genesis) to the very last book (Revelation) had clearly shown that all humankind are sinners, no exception. Even more than a full third of the Spirit Angel personages were recorded to have been sinning (‘secretly’ scheming and preparing for rebellion), some having already long ago (from the perspective of earth time) fully rebelled against GOD while others are still waiting their time (to breakout in open rebellion).
What Is Repentance?
(this section added in 2017 11 13)
Even though the concept of repentance is a simple one which no one intelligent would (or should anyway) fail to understand, however in world social order of evil lust driven mankind whose every imagination is evil continually (Genesis 6:5, 8:21) the simple concept of repentance has been deliberately not understood by all the proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives of knowledge “enlightenment”.
Most dictionary (including Biblical dictionary) has the meaning as about contrition (a feeling of remorseful regret), being sorrowful, regretful, penitent andor remorseful for something we have done that is so called bad andor sinful. Most Biblical experts has the meaning as turning from sin and turning towards God to believe and accept God or Jesus Christ as one's (personal) savior, with some adding in to seek forgiveness for sins (which incidentally has been defined by the Christmas religions and even most of the Elect of GOD especially of these around a hundred years, as falling short of (i.e. not being about to meet) the perfection or the mark of perfection of GOD). All of these are however not, none of these definition are, actually repentance but just a momentarily feeling and temporary incidental or situational emotional state which comes and goes and may remain for a certain duration of emotional state.
The most deceitful of all these definition for repentance is that of turning to GOD to seek forgiveness for sins. There is two reasons for this being the most deceitful. One is of course almost everyone I know of and about (including all that I have researched on the internet aka interweb) has sin as something that is either unclear or incorrect, or both unclear and incorrect. And these include all of the Elect of GOD beginning from the Apostle Paul until this very day.
Here it should be made clear we are discussing repentance and not just the act, an act of repenting which is about instances of situations. Repentance is about a whole full change in a person.
Because all of these have either out of real stupidity (because of lust, particularly ego gorging lust) or deliberated stupidity (from some lust seeded agenda) failed to understand the full total message of the Scripture of Truth aka the Gospel (in totality) And this is that essentially the Scripture of Truth together with the creation both the Spirit realm and the earthly realm, are the educational vehicle of GOD to teach and make HIS creature personages (both mankind and the Spirit Angels) understand what evil actually is so that they (all those who so choose to learn) will understand it both required the intelligence exercise of the minds (as the contextual center of their intelligence) and hearts (as the contextual center of their emotions) to a commitment to not seek after anything that are evil which will consequently cause them to be evil.
In as much as reality and life is a process, so too is repentance. Here we are discussing the repentance commanded by JESUS in the message of the Gospel and not the corrupted and perverted concept of repent and repentance of the social order of mankind including all those of all religions (yes, even that professed by all the Elect of GOD be they the lay members or the ultra mega supremely lowest bondservant and greatest Apostles or Prophets or whatever ultra mega super duper supreme self awarded and proclaimed title and office).
The very first step towards repentance exactly as in the case of addiction, is that of our own realization and admission of fault (as in of being a culprit or perpetrator) and error (but not of as in making mistakes), of doing something wrong (as in that which is non conducive and not permitted from a legalistic perspective), which we must stop continuing to do. But that is just the first step which if we do not continue onward (i.e. follow through) with this realization firstly and secondly admission of fault, do not amount to repentance but just realization even if it is (be it just a personal private, or even if it includes a public) sincere (as opposed to either a fake stirred up emotional or a pressured, coerced andor forced, prompted by some events or situations) admission of guilt and error. A realization is essentially a discovery, of becoming aware, and nothing more.
Here let us use the analogical message (as intended by GOD which was why GOD created the physical realm and mankind made male and female, composed of ‘dust’) of human conception, gestation and birth as the illustrative message for repentance towards GOD in the message of the Gospel and the requirement of the Covenant mediated by the JESUS CHRIST when HE came as the MESSIAH and MESSENGER of the New Covenant.
By the way, human conception, gestation and birth as an analogical message of the Gospel carries two contexts. One is that of repentance towards GOD and the other that of mankind being conceived by the HOLY SPIRIT and growing to be born (at the Second Advent, applicable to all living during the period of the Age of Man) as HOLY SPIRIT composed Sons of GOD.
Both contexts are essentially parallels and are different only from the point of perspective, one focusing on the journey process of walking with GOD, seeking and obeying GOD doing GOD's will and (our ordained and appointed part of) GOD's work. The focus is on staying in, and obeying and performing (all that is required and entailed in) the Covenant.
The other focusing on our individual growth in knowledge and understanding of the Word of GOD what it teaches us about ourselves, particularly not to think of and hold up ourselves as someone who is somehow by virtue of us being who we are, as being better than others (Luke 18:11), even when these others are the most wicked of sinners. The focus is on a continuous attitude of sincere contrite repentance, humbly ourselves always before GOD. This is because of sin, because we are all sinners and will sin and even sin willing (Luke 18:13). The failure is in our refusal to be corrected (refusing to humble ourselves before GOD in the correction HE sent through HIS appointed servants). Such failures if persisted over time will lead to punishment from GOD, GOD letting us fail into the hands of those who hate us both Spiritually and physically.
I mentioned in another discussion that discipleship is a live long (i.e. the duration of the some hundred and twenty years more or less which GOD has ordained for mankind) process and not a one act theater. And the precise reason for this is the process of repentance.
In such an analogy, the fertilization, when sperm enters in the egg, can be symbolic or equate with, realization.
Acknowledgement and admission of fault and error as symbolic of when the fertilized ovum began cell division.
Baptism (as the demonstration of repentance to commit to a burial of the egocentric self in death so as to begin life with new focus and commitment of seeking GOD to sincerely, faithfully obey GOD) is then symbolic of implantation when the fertilized ovum is implanted in the womb.
The rest of the duration of gestation then symbolizes growth in faith through overcoming self in obedience to the commandments and living by every word which proceeds from the Mouth of GOD (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4).
Finally birth symbolized the transformation (whether long dead and buried or still alive at the appointed time) into HOLY SPIRIT composed Sons of GOD at the Second Advent.
“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luke 18:10 – 14
The need for a continuous journey of repentance walking (conducting oneself) continuously in repentance towards GOD, is clearly and explicitly recorded in parable of the tax collector (Luke 18:10 – 14) and similarly clearly though implicitly recorded in the Old Testament Scriptures (Isaiah 66:2; Ezekiel 18:24, 33:12). It should be noted that tax collectors and also harlots are considered by Jews and their religious rulers during the Gospel times as the worst of sinners.
and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’
The most revealing trait and attitude of a fake andor stirred (aka psyched) up repentance, of people lying to themselves andor others to show that they are repentant is in them still continuing to think of and to hold themselves as, somehow, anyhow or even worst everyhow, better than others, anyall others, or even just one other (Luke 18:11; Matthew 23:30).
THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE NEW TESTAMENT. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11i 11ii 11iii 11iv 12 13 14i 14ii 14iii
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