Summary: What’s next after REPENTANCE? The answer is RIGHTEOUSNESS and HOLINESS. For the Lord shall be like REFINER’S FIRE and SOAP for CLEANSING, PURIFICATION, REFINEMENT, SANCTIFICATION, CONSECRATION, etc… So that we may OFFER to the LORD and OFFERING of RIGHTEO
“You belong to God, my dear children.
You HAVE ALREADY WON your FIGHT
with these false prophets, because the
SPIRIT WHO LIVES in you is GREATER
than the spirit who lives in the world.”
(1 John 4:4, NLT)
Who are we, but a DIRTY WORM from the dust of the ground? “I am a MAN OF UNCLEAN LIPS, and I DWELL IN THE MIDST of a PEOPLE OF UNCLEAN LIPS…” (Isaiah 6:5). We don’t deserve to ENTER the KINGDOM of God, Heaven’s Most Holy Place. ‘Lo, this hath touched thy LIPS; and thine INIQUITY IS TAKEN AWAY [Guilt is Removed, NLT], and thy SIN PURGED [Atoned, NIV].’ This was FULFILLED by the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the GRACE of God! UNMERITED FAVOR of the LOVING God.
The word "PURGE", literally means, "to WIPE OUT," "to ERASE”. It is often translated "to make ATONEMENT," "FORGIVE," "PARDON," and "RECONCILE." Through Christ’s DEATH on the CROSS, our SIN was PURGED. “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation THROUGH FAITH in His BLOOD, to declare His righteousness for the REMISSIONS of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.” (Romans 3:25).
Jesus “Was WOUNDED for our TRANSGRESSIONS [Disobedience], He was BRUISED for our INIQUITIES: the CHASTISEMENT of our PEACE was upon Him.” (Isaiah 53:5). Jesus served as ATONEMENT for our SINS. This was to FULFILL the Law of Moses. “For the LIFE of the FLESH is in the BLOOD: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an ATONEMENT for your SOULS: for it is the BLOOD that maketh an ATONEMENT for the SOUL.” (Leviticus 17:1). IT IS FINISHED.
Jesus’ came to SAVE HUMANITY! Our SOUL was SAVED from the “ENDLESS PUNISHMENT”. While we were still REBELLIOUS, SINNERS and an ENEMY of God, Jesus Christ came just the RIGHT TIME when we were UNABLE to SAVE ourselves (Romans 5:6-9)! “For if, when WE WERE ENEMIES, we WERE RECONCILED to God by the DEATH of His Son, much more [DELIVERED from ETERNAL PUNISHMENT, NLT], being RECONCILED , we SHALL BE SAVED by His life. (Romans 5:10). I repeat, IT IS FINISHED!
By the GRACE of God, you are MADE RIGHT, JUSTIFIED, declared NOT GUILTY of your sins THROUGH FAITH in the BLOOD of Jesus. By FAITH in the BLOOD of Jesus, you are made HOLY in the EYES of God. Now that your sins are FORGIVEN, then what? REPENT and TURN from your sinful ways.
REPENTANCE is when you have the DESIRE to TURN from SINFUL WAYS and TURN to God. It is when you are WILLING to LOVE, OBEY and TRUST God with all your HEART. It is when you HUMBLE yourself and ACCEPT that you are a SINNER and God is HOLY. That you are WEAK and God is STRONG. “PROVE by the WAY YOU LIVE that you have really turned from your sins and turned to God. (Luke 3:8,NLT). How? John answered, “I indeed BAPTIZE you with WATER; but ONE MIGHTIER than I cometh… He shall BAPTIZE you with the Holy Ghost and with FIRE.” (Luke 3:16). Baptism of Water is a PUBLIC DECLARATION of showing REPENTANCE. It is the SIMPLEST form of SHOWING OBEDIENCE to God! Now, look!
“This is He that came by WATER and BLOOD, even Jesus Christ; NOT BY WATER ONLY, but by WATER and BLOOD. It is the SPIRIT that beareth WITNESS, because the SPIRIT IS TRUTH. For there are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear WITNESS in earth, the SPIRIT, and the WATER, and the BLOOD: and these THREE AGREE IN ONE. If we receive the WITNESS of men, the WITNESS of God is GREATER: for this is the WITNESS of God which he hath TESTIFIED of His Son. (1 John 5:6-9)
So when we say, BORN AGAIN, it includes the BLOOD of Jesus [By FAITH], Baptism of WATER [Repentance], Baptism of HOLY SPIRIT [Conviction]. These three will OPEN your EYES so you can SEE the KINGDOM of God. “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be BORN AGAIN, he cannot SEE the KINGDOM of God.” Remember, KINGDOM of God, not Heaven after death. Now that you SEE the KINGDOM of God, you are now a TRUE WITNESS of the KINGDOM of God.
After Baptism of Water, then what? John the Baptist was sent by the Lord Jesus Christ to PREPARE the WAY before Him. After John the Baptist preached REPENTANCE and FORGIVENESS of sins, then what?
RESPOND to the Word of God, follow His WAY of HOLINESS and obey His LAW. From this you can determine yourself if you are TRULY BORN AGAIN! “Being BORN AGAIN, not of corruptible seed, but of INCORRUPTIBLE, by the WORD of God, w/c liveth & abideth for ever.” (1 Peter 1:23).