Tag: Repentance

Conversion

Grace Gems Whiteby Al Martin

“First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also–I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” Acts 26:20

Conversion begins with a radical turning to God in repentance that issues in a lifetime of living out the implications of that turning, by performing deeds in keeping with that repentance.

“They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from Heaven, whom He raised from the dead–Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

This describes the conversion of the Thessalonians as consisting in a radical turning to God from idols, issuing in a life of bond-service to the living God, and an eager waiting for the completion of salvation to be bestowed at the return of Jesus.

If any professed conversion is indeed God’s saving work, it always issues in the following: a life of growing communion with Christ (1 Corinthians 1:9; Philippians 3:8-10); a life of increasing conformity to Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18); a life of continuous abiding in Christ (John 15:1-11); and a life of principled obedience to Christ (John 14:21, 1 John 2:3-4).

by Al Martin

Christmas Breezes

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

For those nations of the earth which have known the story of Jesus, Christmas is undoubtedly the most beautiful time of the year.

Though the celebration of the Savior’s birth occurs in the dead of winter, when in many parts of the world the streams are frozen and the landscapes cold and cheerless, still there is beauty at the Christmas season–not the tender beauty of spring flowers or the quiet loveliness of the full-blown summer, or yet the sad sweet graces of autumn colors. It is beauty of another kind, richer, deeper and more elevating, that beauty which considerations of love and mercy bring before the mind.

Though we are keenly aware of the abuses that have grown up around the holiday season, we are still not willing to surrender this ancient and loved Christmas Day to the enemy. Though those purer emotions which everyone feels at Christmas are in most hearts all too fleeting, yet it is something that a lost and fallen race should pay tribute, if only for a day, to those higher qualities of the mind–love and mercy and sacrifice and a life laid down for its enemies. While men are able to rise even temporarily to such heights, there is hope that they have not yet sinned away their day of grace. A heart capable of admiring and being touched by the story of the manger birth is not yet abandoned, however sinful it may be. There is yet hope in repentance.

by A.W. Tozer