Jahreslosung 2013

Jahreslosung 2013
Wir haben hier keine bleibende Stadt, sondern die zukünftige suchen wir. (Hebräer 13, 14)

Montag, 12. August 2013

Thoughts about the repentance of sins

As a second proof for real and true faith we have the repentance of sins. What is true repentance?

In Wikipedia we found the following Definition about penance: "In Christianity, repentance leads on the realization of one's debt, to a righteous and new life, this includes the departure from the previous life.
The Hebrew term שוב schub, which is translated in the Septuagint metanoia, including the return to God not only in thought, but rather in the whole of existence, which the change of behaviour, especially the obedience to God, a new confidence in him includes as well, how to turn away from all evil and ungodly human passions and weaknesses. " (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bu%C3%9Fe_%28Religion%29)

True repentance will shake a man in his innermost being. He will realize, how much he has God disappointed with his previous lifestyle. This leads to repentance for all that he has lived up to this time. Which will be connected with many tears. He is ashamed of his past deeds. Such a shattered man is suddenly kneel before God, and with tears in his eyes, the Lord enumerate all his offenses. At the end he will realize that it is absolutely necessary to obey God. The famous preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon has supposedly reading the Bible, only kneeling in a state of repentance.

The Apostle Paul wrote about repentance in 2 Corinthians 7.10: "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death."

A Purified in this manner, will turn away from sin. Yes he will hate sin, just as God hates sin.
But it is our Lord Jesus Christ, who made it possible for us to leave the sin, through his sacrifice on the cross. Without Jesus Christ there is no forgiveness of sins. So Paul wrote in Romans 7:14: "We know that the Thora is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin."

Who does not accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord, who has not the Holy Spirit! But only those who have the Holy Spirit, can be transformed by whose guidance according to the commandments and laws of God. Without the Holy Spirit, everyone is caught in sin and sin leads to death.

 Read the words of the Apostle John in 1 John 1: 8-10: "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives."

The Lord will cleanse us from wrongdoing! Not only from iniquity, but also that we no longer do it. We will knowingly do not iniquity do. The Holy Spirit will show us that it is wonderful to keep the commandments, including the Sabbath, and the feasts of the Lord. He will teach us how important God these festivals are and how they are connected with Jesus Christ.

Examine yourself again and be honest to yourself; how much do you hate the sin? How obedient you are God? Can you clear conscience agree with the psalmist in Psalm 32:5: "Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”— and you forgave the guilt of my sin."
But remember the very wise sentence from Proverbs 28:13: "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy."

If your repentance is genuine, you cannot go wrong, because the Holy Spirit will guide you. Since I keep myself the Sabbath, the Holy Spirit is as present as never before in my life.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. Amen

(Psalm 51, 1 – 16)

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