The Power of Believing the Gospel 2

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”—Mark 1:15 (KJV)

This is the third installment of the series The Power of Believing. If you have not yet read the introduction or the second, please take time to read them as they will give light to the general importance of believing God and get you caught up to where we are.

The interesting thing about preaching, teaching, or even blogging the Word is there is always more to say…it is inexhaustible! So here goes more on this subject…

The verse of scripture above has a very important word that I totally overlooked in the earlier post on the Power of Believing the Gospel, and that is the word repent. To repent has been assumed by many to only mean: to be sorry for sin or to seek forgiveness. The dictionary even defines it as: to feel sorry, self-reproachful, or contrite for past conduct; although it has been used in that context in the Bible, primarily repent or repentance means “to perceive afterwards” signifying “to change one’s mind or purpose.”

16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.—Romans 10:17 (KJV)

“…Does anyone care, God: Is anyone listening and believing a word of it?” The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there is nothing to listen to.”—Romans 10:16-17 (Msg)

This is important where the Gospel is concerned because in order to really believe the Gospel, a change of mind and or purpose has to take place. In other words, before we hear the Word of God, we lack the propensity to grasp or even the desire to receive it. The Bible tells us that “faith comes by hearing;” what that simply means is that we need to hear the Word of God in order to develop faith to believe it. For this to happen, we have to repent or make the decision to believe what we hear…even though it may be something totally different from what we have believed previously. Have you ever heard something in the Word preached that took time before you were able to believe it?

For instance, someone who has believed enough to receive Jesus as Savior and has become a good church-going Christian but does not believe that God heals or will heal them; they will need to repent—change their mind—before they can believe or receive the Gospel concerning healing. The same goes for salvation, prosperity, a good marriage, answered prayers, and so on.

Please observe that Jesus said to “repent and believe…not just repent or just believe. It is imperative to note that in order to believe and share of any part of the benefits that the Gospel provides; a person must change the way they see it. You see, it is nearly impossible to receive the forgiveness of God if you have a difficult time believing that He truly loves you. Just as well, some people cannot forgive themselves and therefore they cannot accept God’s forgiveness—they must repent—a change has to be made.

The Gospel is simple—Jesus came to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He came to pay the sin debt and make us righteous with a Holy God. Righteousness belongs to us because of the price that Jesus paid, but a person who either does not know or believe that, absolutely must repent or otherwise they will try to please God in the flesh and the scripture is clear that “…they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”—Romans 8:8.

“…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”Luke 13:3,5 (KJV)

Now, I know that in this verse Jesus was warning them to avoid a fate similar to others who perished not knowing God but it can be used just as well of any Christian who by reason of their refusal the change the way they look at the Gospel or the Word of God and miss out on the wonderful benefits that Jesus died to provide.

“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.”—Hebrews 2:1 (KJV)

Therefore, let us take heed to receive all that is available to us as Believers so we can stand as Christ’s holy representatives here on earth while we are able.

Stay tuned for the next installment of The Power of Believing the Gospel (Part 3)

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Sebastian is a Christian, Author and Church Leadership trainer. His ministry calling, love for God, and His people; has led him into ministry of all types for over thirty years. He and his wife enjoy helping people in their walk of faith and finding solutions to the struggles of life, especially in the area of healing and marriage. Faith1st Blog is designed to open and continue the discussion on the subject of biblical "faith" as a "living" element of the Christian life. - "the just shall live by faith" - Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38 (KJV).

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14 comments on “The Power of Believing the Gospel 2
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  2. Freedomborn says:

    Hi Sebastian you may need to look at my About for our new a-mail address, we changed Providers.

    Yes I agree we won’t ask for God’s wisdom as He tells us to if we are not seeking after Him with all our heart and all our all … Jesus said we don’t have because we don’t ask or we don’t ask what is God’s will for us…. but we know having His wisdom is but this of course is nothing like worldly fleshy wisdom.

    James 1:4-6 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

    Christian Love Anne

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    • Sebastian says:

      You are right Anne, true Wisdom is Godly Wisdom and it is His will for us. We have the responsibility to seek His face and ask for those things He has laid up for us! Jesus did say, “…ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”–John 16:24
      Thanks for adding to the discussion. Blessings to you both!

      –Sebastian

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  3. Freedomborn says:

    Thank you Sebastian, not many realise today the importance of the gift of God’s wisdom and that without it we cannot incress in knowelage and insight, we give thanks everyday day for this gift from God as we are taught by Jesus our only Teacher through the empowering of The Holy Spirit and then we know what God’s Truth is because our heart will confirm it and so will the Scriptures and we will also know if there is deception and error.

    Christian Love – Anne.

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    • Sebastian says:

      Hello Anne! Thank you for your response to this post. When we remember that full and heart-felt reverence of the Lord, recognizing Him for all that He is, this is the foundation of wisdom. This is because He is all-in-all and we cannot do anything without Him.

      Thanks again and I will respond to your other request in an email. Blessings and wisdom to you both! –Sebastian

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  5. Freedomborn says:

    Thank you for your informative, challenging and encouraging message Sebastian, as you asked…Does anyone care, God: Is anyone listening and believing a word of it?”…. To listen with understanding brings faith, just reading or hearing the Scriptures is not enough we need to accept their Truth and Trust in God who gave them to us, as a young Child does their parents, and be willing to obey not because we have to but because we want to because we Love God and others. The word hearing in the Romans Scripture is not just in reference to hearing with our ears but with our heart.

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    We see in 1Corinthians2:9-16 without God’s wisdom by the empowering of the Holy Spirit, His Truth is foolishness to us and we don’t understand it, we need Jesus The Living Word to understand the written word, Jesus is Truth, He is all wisdom, the Pharisees did not realise this even though they studied the Scriptures. John 5:38-40

    1John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is True, and we are in Him that is True, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the True God, and eternal life.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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    • Sebastian says:

      Thank you Anne for responding to this post. Your comments are always welcome and informative. And you are right, “wisdom is the principal thing.” The Scripture is clear, this is not just any wisdom but it is the wisdom of God! The wisdom of God gives us victory, the wisdom of God gives us encouragement, the wisdom of God gives us direction as well. And we as believers should be seeking that wisdom every day of our lives! Thank you again for your response. God bless! –S

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  6. lbtk says:

    Such a powerful and timely message, Sebastian. I loved your post. Sandy

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  7. inspiredword says:

    Great Word. God bless. Bisi

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