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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- The Power of Believing the Gospel (faith1stministries.com)
- Getting the Gospel Right (pilgrimpassing.com)
- The word of faith which we preach (pastorreeder.wordpress.com)
- The Word of faith which we preach (alcplatteville.wordpress.com)
- Is Repentance A ‘Secondary Issue’? (5ptsalt.com)
- Does God Still Heal Today? (steveatwood.wordpress.com)