Sunday, August 16, 2009

Biblical Facts About Salvation (part 4-a)

May everybody have a blessed Sunday. Here is the 4th part of this series that I called, "Biblical Facts About Salvation". Ponder and be blessed!
MAN'S WORK IN SALVATION (part 1)
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The Greek word translated "conversion"has reference to a twofold turning on the part of an individual. One has to do with repentance (a turning from) and the other with faith ( a turning to).
1. Repentance
.....A. What repentance is not:
..........(1.) It is not reformation, that act of turning over a new leaf by one's own strength.
..........(2.) It is not remorse, that act of regretting the fruit of one's crime but not the root (one's sinfulness). One biblical example is the case of Judas (the disciple who betrayed Jesus). He was regretting what he did, that leads to remorse, that leads to doing something "not good", to the point of hanging himself.
.....B. What repentance is:
..........The Greek word for "repentance" is metanoia, from "meta" (after) and "noeo" (understand). Literally, it means "afterthought" or "change of mind", but biblically its meaning does not stop there. As metanoia is used in the New Testament, it always speaks of a change of purpose, and specifically a turning from sin. In the sense Jesus used it, repentance calls for a repudiation of the old life and a turning to God for salvation. Repentance is also not simply a mental activity; genuine repentance involves the intellect, emotions, and will. Far from being only a change of mind, it constitutes a willingness - more accurately. a determination- to abandon stubborn disobedience and surrender the will to Christ.

This series is from my hand-out notes during our six months Church Membership Class in LWCM , Banilad, Cebu, Philippines. The class was conducted by our Senior Pastor Mel Caparros.

8 comments:

Denise said...

Such a wonderful post.

Shinade aka Jackie said...

Hi Grace,
Thanks so much for stopping over. I love your Sunday post!!
Happy week,
Jackie

Clarissa said...

Thanks for sharing about God's words,Grace!!God bless you!!^_^

Warren Baldwin said...

Linked here from RCUBES. Excellent discussion of repentance. We make it too light and easy sometimes; it means change, as in change our lives. True repentance leads to true joy and life. Good post.

Monica said...

Hello Grace, I love this post!
God bless :*

Billy Coffey said...

Wise words here, Grace. Thanks for blessing my day with them.

harry seenthing said...

hello.....
introduce me, i'm harry from ciamis...
is my first time to visiting here...wow ur blog so good, i hope we can make a friends in here...and maybe someday i'll find something to learn in here. thanks

Harry Seenthings said...

hello.....
introduce me, i'm harry from ciamis...
is my first time to visiting here...wow ur blog so good, i hope we can make a friends in here...and maybe someday i'll find something to learn in here. Thanks