Read Acts Chapter 24
Ac 24:24 Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. 25 As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.”
For the past several weeks, every time I have opened up the bible there is a scripture which speaks of the necessity of repentance. Yes, I promised not long ago that I would get the message of repentance out of my system soon. Since that time, there have been too many scriptures on repentance jumping out at me. Today’s narrative will be a short one, followed by the listing of some of the many scriptures I have seen over the past few weeks.
As many times as I had read this passage previously, I only recently noticed its reference to repentance for the first time. In verse 24 Paul is noted to have spoken about faith in Christ Jesus. That is an incontrovertible message. That is the foundation of every real spiritual message today. Without Christ, there is no validity to spiritual truth. He is the foundation of it all. But look what else Paul taught. His next thoughts were in regard to righteousness, self-control, and judgment. As we studied another day, the message of salvation is always accompanied with a call to repentance. A man cannot be called to righteousness and self-control unless he first repents of those things in his life which are not righteous. One cannot receive Christ without simultaneously receiving the message of repentance. Enough said. Here are the other scriptures promised.
Ps 66:17 I cried out to Him with my mouth; His praise was on my tongue. 18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; 19 but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer.
Mt 3:7 But when he (John the Baptist) saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
Lk 3:8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance…………10 “What should we do then?” the crowd asked. 11 John answered, “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.” 12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” 13 “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. 14 Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” he replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”
Ac 20:21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
Ps 85:8 I will listen to what God the LORD will say; He promises peace to His people, His saints— but let them not return to folly.
2Co 4:1 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways;
Mt 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
Mt 11:20 Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.
Mt 21:32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
Mk 6:12 They (the disciples) went out and preached that people should repent.
There are many more scriptures which affirm the necessity of repentance. A heart of repentance is what brings a man to Christ at the first. Otherwise, a man does not know he needs Jesus. Repentance is one of the works of the Holy Spirit in the heart of man. We cannot cling to our sinfulness forever. It must be dealt with.
Prayer: Father, I feel like this is “preaching to the choir.” We come to You today in full repentance for our misdeeds. We turn away from them and ask You to help us to be continually aware of our need to remain repentant. Do not let us return to those things which would have destroyed us had You not intervened in our behalf.