Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Vs 3:2
Taken from MacArthur study Bible.
Repent. This is no mere academic change of mind, nor mere regret or remorse. John the Baptist spoke of repentance as a radical turning from sin that inevitably became manifest in the fruit of righteousness (v. 8 ). Jesus’ first sermon began with the same imperative ( 4:17 ). For a discussion of the nature of repentance, see notes on 2Co 7:8–11
Repentance itself is not a work, but works are its inevitable fruit. Repentance and faith are inextricably linked in Scripture. Repentance means turning from one’s sin, and faith is turning to God (cf. 1Th. 1:9 ). They are like opposite sides of the same coin. That is why both are linked to conversion ( Mk 1:15 ; Ac 3:19 ; 20:21 ). Note that the works John demanded to see were “fruit” of repentance. But repentance itself is no more a “work” than faith is ( see note on 2Ti 2:25
Happy New Year, brothers and sisters. Out with the old, in with the new. Can’t wait to see what the Lord will do in each of our lives and look forward to hearing about it, from each of you.
When you give your life to Jesus, you are acknowledging, that you cannot earn you way to heaven, by following a bunch of rules (The Law). Your faith in Jesus, takes away any condemnation from the penalty of the Law.
Taken from John MacArthur Study Bible (Highly Recommend)
I have been crucified with Christ. See notes on Ro 6:2–6 . When a person trusts in Christ for salvation, he spiritually participates with the Lord in His crucifixion and His victory over sin and death. no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The believer’s old self is dead ( see note on Eph 4:22 ), having been crucified with Christ ( Ro 6:3 , 5 ). The believer’s new self has the privilege of the indwelling Christ empowering him and living through him ( see notes on Ro 8:9 , 10 ). gave Himself up for me. The manifestation of Christ’s love for the believer through His sacrificial death on the cross ( Jn 10:17 , 18 ; Ro 5:6–8 ; Eph 5:25–30 ).
God is pleased with you when you trust in Jesus. Imagine, the God of the Universe, is pleased to have you trust in him, just as a son or daughter, trusts in his father. Emanuel, Jesus, Messiah, GOD WTH US.
Tears of repentance, lead to great peace & joy, in spite of our circumstances.
Seek the Lord, in his word, and he will guide your ways.
Judgement was coming to the people, if they didn’t change their ways. Self-righteous doesn’t work. A changed heart, brings forth what is necessary. The fruit in the picture, is what flows from it. It is God, who must change the heart.
Because we have a loving Father, he forgives us. This is not a license to sin, but a source of great joy. He picks us up and washes us when we fall. All because of Jesus!
Let us all Remember, that this life, and our Faith, is not a game. We cant just dress up our lives to look good, but really not have pure motives. God sees everything, and knows our hearts. Not that we won’t make mistakes, but that we do walk in faith. It is Jesus who makes us right before a Holy God, and the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us to persevere, and be faithful. One day we will be made perfect, but until then, may we be filled with the spirit, humbled by the gift of salvation, through Faith, and walk with confidence that God loves us. May we show that same love to others today and every day.
Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.
Proverbs 21:2 NASB
The Gospel, is the power unto salvation. May we hear, and meditate on this message continually, that it may strengthen our faith, and those around us in the faith.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
Romans 10:17 NASB