Learning from Luke: Real Repentance

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Isaiah 1:15-20 / Luke 19:1-10

Ever seen the image of the guy wearing a sandwich board which reads repent the end is near? Ken Davis once asked “which end? How near?” (60 years ago!) The call to repent has been subverted so badly that it’s become an old joke. But repentance is no joke to God…

To Reclaim Repentance, We Realize That

Religious Duty Falls Short
Isaiah 1:15-20

  • v15 Just doing religion doesn’t get God’s attention; instead:
  • v16/17 God’s motive is the change of heart
  • v18/20 God’s method is challenge of the mind

Real Difference Result of Salvation
Luke 19:1-10

  • v1/4 Awakening: why would a tax collector want to see Jesus? There must have been something different, a hope for a different response
  • v5/6 Attraction: why would a rabbi want to spend time with Zacchaeus? God sees us through Jesus
  • v7/8 Apology: world rejects our change; we say “I choose to do differently”
  • v9/10 Acceptance: salvation has come isn’t the choice to do better; it’s the reception of Jesus! This PROMPTS us to change after – change is not demanded before the Spirit brings us to life

Stages of Repentance:

  • Awakening – the Spirit has worked in us before we even know it (God chooses us first)
  • Attraction – we are drawn to Christ as He draws near to us (Christ influences us next)
  • Apology – we reject our old ways, and resolve to make a change (We respond to Christ)
  • Acceptance – we realize our new life in Christ supersedes our life of self (we surrender to God’s influence)

God’s goal is to draw us to Deity; when we surrender our heart and are transformed in our mind, our lives will show the difference!

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