WILL THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE GOSPEL BRING BACK JESUS CHRIST?
Part 7: God Will Repent If Man Repents
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Peace be unto you. To the Church and believing Christians everywhere and those that believe in the Bible as the Supreme authority of God’s Laws. For the record and the sign post many people that confess to be Christians are now during these trying times looking to man, materialism and God knows what as additional authorities on how to get to Heaven. Glory be to God our Father and to His Son our Savior Christ Jesus blessed by the Holy Spirit.
Beloved Brethren repentance is needed this day and time more than during the time in which Jonah carried this message to the people of Nineveh. There is no greater time than now to accept the Gospel. However, man still holds man in great priority thus seeking to devour and please him and not know God.
Our primary verse in the 2nd Division of Jonah for this discussion is found in the last and final verse. However, as we move to that place we note that Jonah obeyed God and went unto the city. He cried that the city would be overthrown in forty days. With great delight it is recorded that the people received God’s word and proclaimed a fast and put on sack-cloth from the greatest to the least of them. It is also noted that the king even cast the beast of burden into this act, thus depriving the people of their services allowing them also no incentive to work. So as the king rendered his decrees everyone was commanded to fast and pray unto the Lord.
Jonah 3: 10: “And God saw their works, that they turned away from their evil ways; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.”
Brethren can God repent? God is all knowing thus He can do anything. But why would God seek repentance, is He not the giver of mercy and who we repent to? Therefore does man have any power to accept our acts of repentance?
Well beloved the phrase “God Repented” means He changed His mind. Better yet He had a change of plans in regard to what He had first noted. But actually there is no change in how God relates to humankind. He has always given us the chance to repent and turn wrong into right. Thus if repentance is sought the punishment threatened will be remitted. Now follow us first to Jeremiah for an additional word on this most important subject.
Jeremiah 18: 7-10 “At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
“If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.”
“And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
“If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.”
The phrase “I will repent” in verse 10 and verse 8 means the Lord will change His mind concerning what He said that He would do for the nation. So repentance is change. This change is by the Lord or by man. The repentance of man reveals a change in his, will where God repents He wills a change. Thus there is a change in the plans of God due to the changed conditions of man or a nation. Now go with us to Amos for another word.
Amos 7: 3, 6: “The Lord repented for this; I shall now be, saith the Lord.”
“The Lord repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord God.”
Here again we see the Lord changing His mind due to the actions of the people. However, the wrath of God can be placed back on the people if they do not truly repent. (Also se I Kings 21: 27-29)
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God writing for the FreedomJournal 15 December 2008 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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