First Principles - Study 2

Study # 2. Repentance from Dead Works.

Repentance is the starting point of all Christian experience. It is precisely here that Christian teaching diverges from every known religion in the World. It is the first of the Seven Principles of Jesus teachings. We will look at it in two parts.

Part One: Repentance.

The word used in the Greek is ‘metanoia’ meaning to have another mind, and is used in the New Testament to indicate a change of mind in respect of God, of Self and of Sin.

Acts 17:30 Repentance is commanded of God for all men. The natural mind feels

you are doing alright, as good as the next man, but God says

your righteousnesses are like filthy rags in God’s sight. Isa. 64:6.

Matt 3:8 True repentance will have visible evidence, or ‘fruits’, whereby it can be recognized as valid. (Matt. 21:28-29)

2 Cor 7: 9–11 There are two kinds of Repentance, (sorrow) for sin. Godly sorrow, WORKS repentance to Salvation.

Worldly sorrow, WORKS death.

The FRUITS OF REPENTANCE can be clearly seen:

CAREFULNESS, CLEARING OF SELF, INDIGNATION, FEAR, VEHEMENT DESIRE, ZEAL AND REVENGE. These are the proofs that you have truly repented.

Matt 4: 17 Jesus first sermon was Repentance.

Acts 2:38 First preaching of the New Testament Church was Repentance.

Part Two: FROM DEAD WORKS.

Hebrews 6:1 Specifically we are to repent from ‘dead works’. These are the things we think will “earn us” our Salvation.

Eph. 2: 8 – 9 Works will not buy salvation.

Rom 3:20 Keeping rules, doing good will not Justify us with God.

Genesis 4:2–7 Cain’s best was rejected, God demanded a lamb and such a sacrifice was lying at the door of his tent. Gen.3:21 & Rev. 19:7–8.

Hebrews 9:11–14 Even Christians can revert back to trying to earn, or keep, their Salvation by their works of good living, church attendance, etc. rather than trusting in the finished work of Christ on the Cross.

The Blood of Jesus has to ‘purge’ our very conscience from these dead works to serve the living God.