Repentance From Dead Works—- Lesson #2

PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING

LESSON 2

REPENTANCE FROM DEAD WORKS

(1)      What is repentance?

Repentance is a gift from God. It is the ability God gives us to turn from our way of living to His way of living.

“When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles GRANTED REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE.” (Acts 11:18).

And the servant of the Lord  must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to     teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; IF GOD       peradventure WILL GIVE THEM REPENTANCE to the acknowledging of the truth.”      (II Timothy 2:24-25).

“Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for TO GIVE             REPENTANCE to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 5:31).

 

(2)       The first word of the Gospel is REPENT.  The Second is BELIEVE. (Mark 1:15).

A.    John’s first message was Repentance. (Matthew 3:1-8). B.            Jesus Christ’s first message was Repentance. (Matthew 4:17). C.        The twelve apostles preached repentance. (Mark 6:7-13). D.        The first message on the day of Pentecost  was repent.  (Acts 2:38). E.        Paul’s first message was repentance.  (Acts 20:20-21).

(3)       Some false concepts concerning repentance:

A.    It is not conviction of sin.  (Genesis 3:6); see also  (Acts 24:24-27).

Conviction precedes repentance, but not all who are convicted repent.

B.    It is not worldly sorrow.  (II Corinthians 7:10).  Worldly sorrow is simply being                                    sorry “for getting caught”, but not being sorry for the crime committed.

C.    It is not reformation.  Reformation is turning over a “new leaf”, but not                                                genuine repentance.

D.    It is not being religious. The Pharisees in Christ’s day were extremely religious,                   yet they were hypocrites.  They never experienced repentance, rather crucified                     Jesus.  (Matthew 5:20); (3:7-12).

E.    It is not only “believe-ism” or mental faith. Mental faith is merely a mental                               acceptance and assent to a set of creeds or doctrines, but without any change in                        the life.  This is dead faith.  (James 2:19-20).

(4)  The first step:

Repentance is the first step in building a successful foundation in the life of a                   believer.  We have no choice or option concerning repentance, for God commands it.         (Acts 17:30)…”And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth           all men everywhere to repent.”

(5)       What does the word “repentance” mean?  What is the proper root of repentance?

 

The Root of Repentance, (Matthew 3:8).  The root meaning of the word repentance       is “a change of mind, or a change of heart and attitude“, and this in particular,           concerning sin and relationship with God.  It means a complete about turn; a       change of direction.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The fall brought about in man a mind in rebellion against God and His law; a mind   which desires to go its own way. (Ephesians 2:3); (Colossians 1:21). Repentance,         brought about by the Holy Spirit, is a change of mind; a facing towards God. No     man can or will repent of himself, but true repentance is brought about by the   conviction of the Holy Spirit; God grants and demands repentance. This is the root     of repentance. (Isaiah 53:6),All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned       everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Romans 2:4),Or despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and        long-suffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”

(6)       What is Sin?

There are two types of sin:

A.     Original sin which is the total corruption of our whole human nature.

“Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

(Psalms 51:5).

“That ye put off concerning the former conversation with the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.” (Ephesians 4:22).

“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law

of God, neither indeed can be.” (Romans 8:7).

B.     Actual sin, which is the actual breaking of the law of God; Every act against the

will of God.

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications,

thefts, false witness, blasphemies.” (Matthew 15:19).

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is

finished, bringeth forth death.” (James 1:15). (This is the act of committing sin).

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth  it not, to him it is sin.”

(James 4:17).  (This is failure to do right, which is sin).

(7)       What is “Our Way of Living?

We are born with a sinful nature. This sinful nature causes us to commit sin.  OUR way of living is the sinful way.

“Behold, I was SHAPEN IN INIQUITY; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

(Psalms 51:5).

“That ye put off concerning the former conversation  with the old man, which is                corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.” (Ephesians 4:22).

Because the carnal mind is ENMITY AGAINST GOD; for it is not subject to the law         of God, neither indeed can be.(Romans 8:7).

(8)       What does turning from our way to His way do for us?

This turning gives us right standing with God. This right standing is called             JUSTIFICATION.  WE receive this right standing when we believe Jesus shed His      blood for our sin, and we accept and use His sacrifice for ourselves.

“Being justified freely BY HIS GRACE through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:24).

“Much more then, being now JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD, we shall be saved from           wrath through Him.” (Romans 5:9).

Therefore being JUSTIFIED BY FAITH, we have peace with God through our Lord        Jesus Christ; By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2).

For He hath made HIM TO BE SIN FOR US, who knew  no sin; that we might be           made the righteousness of God in Him.” (II Corinthians 5:21).

(9)       How is Justification obtained?

A.     The Holy Spirit must work repentance in us through Godly sorrow.

“For GODLY SORROW WORKETH REPENTANCE to salvation not to be                                repented of; But the sorrow of the world worketh death.” (II Corinthians 7:10).

B.     Because we are by nature opposed to God, the Holy Spirit must work faith                                      to believe God’s Word.

“Because the CARNAL MIND IS ENMITY AGAINST GOD: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.(Romans 8:7).

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My Word, AND BELIEVETH on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24).

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt BELIEVE IN THINE HEART that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved; For with the heart man BELIEVETH UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God…But the NATURAL MAN RECEIVETH NOT THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD; for they are foolishness unto him; Neither can he know them, because they


are spiritually discerned.” (I Corinthians 2:12-14).

C.     We are convicted of sin by hearing the Word.

And when He (The Holy Spirit) is come, He will reprove the world of sin,                            and of righteousness, and of judgment.” (John 16:8).

“Now when they heard this, THEY WERE PRICKED IN THEIR HEART and                                       said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall                  we do?” (Acts 2:37).

D.     The Holy Spirit shows us our lost state.

“And when he (the Holy Spirit) is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and                       of righteousness, and of judgment.” (John 16:8).

E.     God grants us the ability to repent.

“When they heard these things, they held their peace and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles GRANTED REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE.” (Acts 11:18).

Or despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and long­                               suffering; not knowing that the GOODNESS OF GOD LEADETH THEE TO                                    REPENTANCE?” (Romans 2:4).

(10)     How important is Repentance?

 

A.     Essential for salvation (Acts 16:30-31).

B.     It is commanded by God (Acts 17:30).

C.     It was a reason for Christ’s coming (Luke 5:32).

D.     Necessary to avoid destruction (Luke 13:3,5).

E.     Part of the Lord’s commission to us  (Luke 24:47).

F.      Necessary for eternal life  (Acts 11:18).

G.     God desires it for all men (II Peter 3:9).

H.     It is a foundational truth basic to all believers (Hebrews 6:1-2).

(11) How do we repent?

We repent by:

A.     Confessing our sin to God.And the publican, standing afar off, would not                                     lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying,                                             God be merciful TO ME A SINNER.” (Luke 18:13).

B.     Forsaking our way and turning to God. “Let the wicked FORSAKE HIS WAY,                       and the unrighteous man his thoughts: And let him RETURN UNTO THE                                  LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will                                            abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:7).

C.     Confessing our faults. “CONFESS YOUR FAULTS one to another and pray                                     one for another, that ye may be healed.  The effectual fervent prayer of a                          righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16).

 

(12)     From what are we delivered when we are justified?

 

We are delivered from the guilt of actual sin when we find repentance. We no longer     have to worry about the wages of sin which is eternal death. We will live forever with       Christ.

Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?  It is God that justifieth.” (Romans 8:33).

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ     our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

(13)     How do we obtain deliverance from original sin?

Only death can free us from original sin. When we are buried with Jesus in our   water baptism, the old original nature is cut away from us. We arise a new person.

“Therefore we are BURIED WITH HIM BY BAPTISM INTO DEATH; that like as     Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also            should walk in NEWNESS of life.  For if we have been planted together in the          likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection; knowing      this, that OUR OLD MAN is crucified with Him, that THE BODY OF SIN MIGHT BE   DESTROYED, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” (Romans 6:4-6).

(14)     Is repentance a part of the doctrine of Christ?

Yes, Repentance from dead works is an important part of the doctrine of Christ. Without a true work of repentance in our lives we cannot experience any of the     other   foundational doctrines of Christ.  Repentance is the first work of redemption.

“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto           perfection; not laying again the FOUNDATION OF REPENTANCE from dead         works, and of faith toward God.” (Hebrews 6:1).

15)      What then are the dead works that we must repent of?

A.     Dead works are man-made Laws, beliefs and works that dominate our frame of                 thought and actions concerning God (Works of the flesh).

1.    One practices dead works in order to gain favor and earn grace in the                                         eyes of God.  (Ephesians 2:8-9).

2.    This is an impossibility. It is not by the works of our own hands that we                                         obtain mercy.  (Titus 3:5); (II Timothy 1:8-9).

B.     The “Traditions of the Elders”, as practiced by the Scribes and Pharisees,                            are examples of dead works.

1.    They transgressed the commandment of God by functioning within the                                     realm of their traditions.  (Matthew 15:1-9).

2.    Though the Pharisees were extremely religious, their worship was in                                           vain. (Mark 7:7-9).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3.         They never experienced repentance; instead, they sought to destroy                                                       Christ. (Matthew 12:14).

(16)     Dead works are not to be confused with the true good works that God has

purposed for Christians in spreading the Word of God.

A.     The scriptures encourage that our lives be fruitful.  (Colossians 1:10).

B.     The works which we do are inspired by the Holy Spirit rather than by the                              prompting and effort of man.  (Ephesians 2:10).

C.     We are admonished that the unfruitful branch is put away, while the fruitful                          branch is purged, that it might be more fruitful.  (John 15:1-2).

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It is imperative that we turn from dead works, because they  only serve to frustrate the work of God in our lives.  God desires a     people who will worship in truth and in Spirit.  (John 4:23-24). We  have not been redeemed by corruptible things,  but by the blood of  Jesus Christ.

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Thus, our attempts toward making ourselves acceptable to God are  tile.  It is God who must turn our hearts from the performance of dead works and birth within us a desire to serve the living God.  (Hebrews 9:14).

(17)     What are some fruits of genuine repentance?

The Fruit of repentance. (Acts 26:20); (Matthew 3:8), “Bring forth therefore fruits meet     for repentance.” If there is genuine repentance inwardly (the root), this will be           evidenced outwardly (the fruit).

John the Baptist called for “fruits for repentance”.

The fruits of repentance are evidenced in:

A.     Godly sorrow for sin.  (II Corinthians 7:9-11).

B.     Confession of sin.(Psalms 32:1-5); (I John 1:9).

C.     Forsaking of sin. (Proverbs 28:13).

D.     Hatred of sin. (Ezekiel 36:31-33); (Jude 23).

Fruit involves restitution where possible. (Leviticus 6:1-7); (Luke 19:8). Without   these fruits being manifest, there is no genuine Bible repentance!

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STUDY QUESTIONS:

1.          What is repentance?

2.          What is justification?

3.          What is faith?

4.          What is sin?

5.          How do we repent?

6.          How do we obtain faith?7.           What is “Faith toward God“?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING

LESSON 2—STUDY SHEET

REPENTENCE FROM DEAD WORKS

 

Please fill in the blanks and bring this sheet with you to next class.

1.    Repentance is a ____________________ from God.

2.    The first word of the Gospel is _________________________.

3.    The root meaning of the word repentance is a change of mind, or a change of                 ________________ and ___________________, and this in particular, concerning sin             and  relationship with God. It means a ____________________  about turn; a change          of ________________.

4.    The fall brought in man a mind in rebellion against God and His law; a mind           which ________________ to go it’s _________ way.

5.    Original sin which is the _________________________________ of our whole human nature.

6.    Romans 8:7  Because the ____________________  mind is  _____________________         against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

7.    Actual sin, which is the actual breaking of the law of God; ______________________    act against the will of God.

8.    What does turning from our way to His way do for us? This right standing is called          __________________. We receive this right standing when we believe _____________           shed His blood for our sin and we accept and use His sacrifice for ourselves.

9.    The __________________ must work repentance in us through Godly sorrow.

10.   II Corinthians 7:10  For _________________ sorrow __________________ repentance           to salvation not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the world worth death.

11.   Acts 17:30  And the times of this ignorance God winked at: but ________________         commandeth ____________________ men every where to repent: (Look up scripture)

12.   Luke 24:47  And that ___________________ and _________________ should be                  preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Read Luke 24:46-47)

13.   On page 17 three things are mentioned on how do we repent, they are:                            A.____________________________________________________________________         B.____________________________________________________________________         C.____________________________________________________________________ 14.  We are delivered from the ________________________ of actual sin when we find            repentance.

15.   Who delivered us from original sin and how? Read Romans 6:4-6 for the answer.          _____________________________________________________________________         _____________________________________________________________________         _____________________________________________________________________         _____________________________________________________________________         ____________________________________________________________________

16.   Dead works are __________________________ laws, beliefs and good works that                 dominate our frame of thought and actions concerning God (works of the Flesh).

17.   Dead works are not to be confused with the true good works that God has

___________________ for Christians in spreading the Word of God.

18.   If there is genuine repentance inwardly (the root), this will be evidence outwardly (the          ______________________).

19.   List five (not four) fruits of repentance.                                                                                        1.__________________________________________________________________         2.__________________________________________________________________         3.__________________________________________________________________         4.__________________________________________________________________         5.__________________________________________________________________

20.   Faith towards God. Faith is the trust and confidence in our hearts that what God says        He has done and will do in our lives is fact, not just a possibility. If He says  in I John 1:9             “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us             from all unrighteousness, then we should believe this word in our heart and act upon it        (do what it says). God does forgive us and does cleanse us from all unrighteousness.        Remember, words without action is not true confession or repentance. Actions speak            louder than words.

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"That the Kingdom of God will rule ,with power, on earth as it rules in Heaven." My life time quest. G.W. BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION Rev. George Watkins pastored Christian Life World Outreach and Training Center in Mount Vernon, Washington for 29 years. He is director of George Watkins Ministries a.k.a. WORLDNet Ministries and has ministered through radio broadcasting, audio tape ministry, and a correspondence Bible course reaching into many countries of the world. Ministry teams have traveled with him to over twenty nations, working with local missionaries to establish churches, and conduct crusades and pastors’ seminars. George Watkins has authored several books: Women in Today’s Church, a scriptural insight into God’s intentions for both men and women to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ; Five Key Secrets to Long Life and Divine Health concerning God’s supernatural protection and promises to those who obey Him; and Staying Free, a mini-book used as a guide to maintaining freedom once delivered from the bondages of satan; Ask The Boy: stories through the eyes of those who were healed by the hands of Jesus. The Wisest Man I Have Ever Known: stories and parables teaching the truths of God’s word, as well as other teaching manuals. George Watkins has been active in the ministry for many years. He has a strong ministry to the local church as a seasoned veteran with his rich background as a pastor and evangelist. Many churches draw from his experience and consider him to be an integral part of their own ministries. His ministry is a blend of humor and straight forward teaching based on the belief that God means what He says, that His Word applies to our everyday, practical lives, and that it has power to make us whole in mind, body and soul. Rev. Watkins believes that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are to be used by every believer. He believes that using these spiritual tools will bring freedom to those in bondage. Rev. Watkins believes this is the age of the supernatural and will prove to be the Church’s finest hour. His vision is to equip the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission, making disciples of all nations. He has a unique ability to challenge the hearer to “sell out” to God, by faith, to fulfill God’s personal plan for your destiny. George and Arlis live in Mount Vernon, WA and are the parents of three adult children: Tony, Tiffany and Corbin.
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