THE FOUNDATION OF REPENTANCE

How important is it to repent?
How often should we repent?
When did repentance begin?

Malachi 2:16a; 3:1a  
For the LORD God…says…   
“Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me.”

The Gospel According to Mark begins with John the Baptist fulfilling the prophecies:

Mark 1:1-8  
THE beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets: [Notice the plurality Prophets.] “Behold I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before You.” [Malachi] “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.’” [Isaiah 40:3] John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission [forgiveness] of sins. Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.

The prophets Malachi and Isaiah were led by the Holy Spirit to prophesy that God would send the Lord’s messenger {John} to prepare the Lord’s way for people to come to him with a contrite, broken, ashamed, repentant heart—to apologize for offending God when they had been disobedient to His Commandments. In other words, John’s baptism was preparing the hearts for people to take the first step to being saved. When a baby is first conceived and then born, that child is innocent for never having broken any of the Commandments. So the child is accepted by God—justified to be viewed by God as having the righteousness of God—totally sinless. Therefore God welcomes the child to be with Him in His kingdom. However, when the child matures and, even unknowingly, breaks a Commandment—like even telling a falsehood—a lie, then, since God does not accept sin, God separates that person from Himself and keeps that separation until the person comes to admit he has sinned—that is to repent and asks to be forgiven—and to believe without any doubt that God is who He says He is and will, indeed take those sins away. At that moment, the sinner is brought back to no longer being separated from God—for all eternity future—freely given eternal life—totally redeemed, bought back with a tremendous price.  

How does this happen? When we say “God is who He says He is,” we read that He redeems us with His blood. That eternal life is in His Blood:

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WHO ARE THE TWO WITNESSES?

REVELATION 11:3-6

Posted by Elfriede Copple from the Bible Study Guide “DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST” (pgs 96+97)

Last week’s Bible Study of Revelation 11:3-6 gives us some insight into who the TWO WITNESSES are. It is quite interesting, and I thought I would share that with you today.

REVELATION 11:3
And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”

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SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING THAT FITS

Posted by Elfriede

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A new book for Christmas titled
“Spur of the moment” – by Marcia  Lee Laycock

After reading the first Chapter titled: SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING THAT FITS –
John 15:9 – I decided to write down my thoughts and what I discovered searching the Scriptures:

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CONSIDERING WISDOM

Posted by Elfriede Copple

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone from Mike and Elfriede! Wishing 2020 to be full of blessings from the Lord for you. May He open doors, and prepare opportunities for us to share His word and the Gospel message.

The title of today’s blog post is CONSIDERING WISDOM which is also the title of our new book to be published early this year. We are in the final stages of preparing the manuscript and cover design for the publisher. We thought that we would share an excerpt with you today.

Chapter 3

Consider the Source

A statement that’s often heard after an eyebrow-raising report has been announced: “Consider the source.” Mankind’s methods of attempting to influence an opinion upon others often leads to a bogus means of deception. The result can leave doubt upon the listener and devalue the speaker’s integrity. Truth must be upheld to preserve integrity.

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