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    LESSON FORTY-TWO Repentance

    1. Repentance is necessary to salvation. Luke 13:1-3; Acts 3:19; 17:30; Mark 1:4; Luke 24:47; 2 Peter 3:9.TDOC 108.1

    2. Repentance means a sorrow for sin which leads to the forsaking of sin, and not merely sorrow for the consequences of sin. 2 Corinthians 7:9, 10; Psalm 38:18.TDOC 108.2

    3. Repentance is the gift of God through Christ. Acts 5:30, 31; 11:18; 2 Timothy 2:24, 25.TDOC 108.3

    4. The revelation of God’s goodness in the provisions of the gospel is the efficient cause of repentance. Romans 2:4.TDOC 108.4

    5. The results of true repentance will be seen in a changed life. Matthew 3:7, 8; Acts 26:19, 20.TDOC 108.5

    6. Heavenly beings are so desirous of our salvation that there is joy among them whenever one sinner repents. Luke 15:7, 10.TDOC 108.6

    7. There is great danger in resisting the call to repentance. Revelation 2:5; 3:3, 19; Hebrews 12:16, 17.TDOC 108.7

    A Pharisee’s work

    The Pharisees were the best people of their day; and yet they were the greatest failures. Against no others did Jesus hurl so fierce denunciations. Why? Because they put reformation in the place of repentance and faith; because they were employing human means for accomplishing what only the Holy Spirit could accomplish. And so, today, every device for the betterment of society which does not strike at the root of the disease and apply the remedy to the seat of life, the human soul, is Pharisaical and is doing a Pharisee’s work.”TDOC 108.8

    The power for repentance

    “The Bible does not teach that the sinner must repent before he can heed the invitation of Christ, ‘Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’ Matthew 11:28.TDOC 108.9

    It is the virtue that goes forth from Christ, that leads to genuine repentance. Peter made the matter clear in his statement to the Israelites, when he said, ‘Him has God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.’TDOC 108.10

    Acts 5:31. We can no more repent without the Spirit of Christ the conscience than we can be, pardoned without Christ.”-Steps to Christ, 30.TDOC 109.1

    The evidence of repentance

    “There is no evidence of genuine repentance, unless it works reformation. If he restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, confess his sins, and love God and his fellow men, the sinner may be sure that he has passed from death unto life.”-Id., 63.TDOC 109.2

    Turning from sin

    “Repentance includes sorrow for sin, and a turning away from it. We shall not renounce sin unless we see its sinfulness; until we turn away from it in heart, there will be no real change in the life.”-Id., 26.TDOC 109.3

    Coming home to God

    “Repentance is a turning back upon one’s self, a retracing of one’s footsteps, a confession and acknowledgment of what one has abandoned. It is a coming back and a coming home to God, exactly m Jesus himself has described in the parable of the prodigal.”TDOC 109.4

    “Misery alone never led either man or nation to repentance: the sorrow of this world works only death. Repentance is the return to God; and it is the awakening to the truth about God, to the facts of his nature and his grace, which alone makes repentance possible.”TDOC 109.5

    True repentance

    “True repentance will load a man to bear his guilt himself, and acknowledge it without deception or hypocrisy. Like the poor publican, not lifting up so much as his eyes unto heaven, he will cry, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner;’ and those who do acknowledge their guilt will be justified; for Jesus will plead his blood in behalf of the repentant soul.”-Steps to Christ, 45, 46.TDOC 109.6

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