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A Voice in the Wilderness:     "The Message of Repentance."

John the Baptist
John preaching in the wilderness

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Repentance   by D. L.Moody
When Christ came we find Him saying "Repent ye," but He soon pointed them to something higher - He told them about the goodness of God. It is the goodness of God that produces repentance. When upon the Day of Pentecost they asked what to do to be saved, we find Him telling men, "Repent, every one of you."

Repentance Unto Life   by Charles H. Spurgeon
One of the greatest obstacles which the Christian religion ever overcame was the inveterate prejudice which possessed the minds of its earliest followers. They could not bring themselves to the thought that Jesus had come to be the Savior of all nations and that in Him should all the people of the earth be blessed.

Directions for Hating Sin   by Richard Baxter
The atheist, who thinks there is no God thinks there is no sin against him. Nothing in world will tell us so plainly and powerfully of the evil of sin, as the knowledge of the greatness, wisdom goodness, holiness, authority, justice, truth, of God. The sense of his presence, therefore, will revive our sense of sin's malignity.

Faith and Repentance Inseparable   by Charles H. Spurgeon
Hear, O heavens and give ear, O earth, for Messiah speaks in the greatness of His strength. He cries unto the sons of men, "Repent and believe in the Gospel." Let us give our ears to these words which, like their Author, are full of Divine Grace and the Truth of God.

The Difference Between Legal and Gospel Mortification   by Ralph Erskine
Gospel and legal mortification differ in their principles from which they proceed. Gospel mortification is from gospel principles, 'If ye through the Spirit mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live'; But legal mortification is from legal principles such as, from the applause and praise of men, as in the Pharisees; from pride of self-righteousness.

John and Herod   by Charles H. Spurgeon
Though John sought no honor of men, he had honor. Herod was a great monarch, John was but a poor preacher whose garment and diet were of the coarsest kind. But "Herod feared John." John was more royal than royal Herod! His character made him the true king and the nominal king trembled before him.

Of Repentance Unto Life   by A. A. Hodge
A true sense of sin. That spiritual illumination and renewal of the affections which are effected in regeneration brings the believer to see and appreciate the holiness of God as revealed alike in the law and in the gospel (Rom. 3:20; Job 13:5,6); and in that light to see and feel the exceeding sinfulness of all sin, and the utter sinfulness of his own nature and conduct.

Repentance   by A. W. Pink
Practical godliness consists in a conformity of heart and life to the law of God, and in a sincere compliance with the gospel of Christ. But it is only as we rightly understand both the law and the gospel that we can discern wherein a conformity to the one and a compliance with the other really consists.

The Gospel and Repentance   by William Webster
Clearly, scripture teaches that repentance is part of the human response to the gospel of God and is necessary for salvation. As Jesus said: 'Unless you repent you will...perish' (Lk. 13:3). Apart from repentance one cannot exercise saving faith.


Matthew 3:1-12   by R. C. Ryle
John the Baptist spoke plainly about sin. He taught the absolute necessity of "repentance," before any one can be saved. He preached that repentance must be proved by its "fruits." He warned men not to rest on outward privileges, or outward union with the church.

Luke Chapter 3:1-14   by R. C. Ryle
We must carefully bear in mind that no repentance can make atonement for sin. The blood of Christ, and nothing else, can wash away sin from man's soul. No quantity of repentance can ever justify us in the sight of God. "We are accounted righteous before God, only for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, by faith, and not for our own works or deservings."

Matthew Chapter 3:1-12   Matthew Henry Commentary
Repent ye. He preached it, not in Jerusalem, but in the wilderness of Judea, among the plain country people; for even those who think themselves most out of the way of temptation, and furthest from the vanities and vices of the town, cannot wash their hands in innocency, but must do it in repentance.

Luke Chapter 3:1-14   Matthew Henry Commentary
The origin of it was from heaven: The word of God came unto John, v. 2. He received full commission and full instructions from God to do what he did. It is the same expression that is used concerning the Old-Testament prophets, for John was a prophet, yea, more than a prophet, and in him prophecy revived, which had been long suspended.

Conversion: Repentance and Faith   Westminster Confession of Faith
The Bible does not always speak of conversion in the same sense. The conversion we have in mind here may be defined as that act of God whereby He causes the regenerated, in their conscious life, to turn to Him in faith and repentance. From this definition it already appears that God is the author of conversion. This is clearly taught in Scripture.

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Works of the Flesh   Source Unknown
Here is a brief look at the works of the flesh as recorded by Paul in the book of Galatians chapter 5 verses 19 through 21. Examine yourself in light of this list and be sure there is no wicked way in you. If so... Repent!

The Works of the Flesh   Other Bible Versions
Wether you endorse other bible versions or not, these alternate versions may provide you with a better understanding to Paul's list of the Works of the Flesh.

Faith - Spiritual Knowledge - Seeking - True Repentance   Letter by John Newton
The Gospel is calculated and designed to stain the pride of human glory. It is provided, not for the wise and the righteous, for those who think they have good dispositions and good works, to plead, but for the guilty, the helpless, the wretched, for those who are ready to perish; it fills the hungry with good things, but it sends the rich empty away.

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