This morning, the Wonderful Word of Life is “repentance.”
The word “repent” and its derivatives appear 39 times in the Old Testament, and 27 times in the New Testament, 19 times in the gospels, and eight times in the Acts and Epistles.
In Matthew 21, in a parable told by Jesus, the father told his first son to go and work in the vineyard. The first son said, “I will not,” but afterward, he “repented” and went.
One repents in light of a higher standard. In the Bible, there are at least three standards that affect human behavior.
1. According to Romans 1 and 2, the first standard is our conscience. All human beings who live together in society eventually develop a collective conscience, which sorts out right and wrong, and lays down a universal law.
2. The second standard is God’s law, which was laid down by Moses. This law, like the law of conscience, protects human beings from themselves and one another.
3. The third and highest standard is the Gospel, the dawn of the Kingdom of God. We know from the text of the Lord’s Prayer that the Kingdom of God is ever and always the place where God’s will is done, “on earth as it is in heaven.” In Mark 1:4, Jesus himself said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the gospel.” (Please continue to the 2nd page by clicking below.)