BECOMING PART OF THE ARMY OF GOD
All armies in the natural world have induction procedures--special things you are required to do in order to...INDUCTION
BECOMING PART OF THE ARMY OF GOD
All armies in the natural world have induction procedures--special things you are required to do in order to join the forces. Are you ready to become part of God's army?
ENLISTING IN GOD'S ARMY
Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
• Write the Key Verse from memory.
• Define "repentance."
• Explain the importance of repentance.
• Define "conversion."
• Explain the importance of conversion.
• Define "justification."
• Explain what it means to be "saved."
• Use the parable of the prodigal son to describe repentance and conversion.
KEY VERSE FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:32)
In the last chapter you learned of the great invisible war in the spiritual world. In this chapter you will learn how to enlist in God's army. In the natural world, armies usually have special induction rituals in which a prospective soldier must participate in order to join the forces. This "induction" makes him part of the army.
God also has a special plan for induction through which you become part of His spiritual army. His plan centers on two important concepts, repentance and conversion, which result in justification.
In the natural world, when a soldier joins an army, he must deny any previous allegiance he has had to another army or country. When you join the army of God, you must repent of your allegiance to sin and the Kingdom of Satan. This is done by repentance. Repentance is "an inward decision or change of mind resulting in the outward action of turning from sin to God and righteousness." Acts 20:21 calls it "repentance toward God." By the act of repenting you turn away from your sin and leave the Kingdom of Satan.
Repentance is a personal decision to change your allegiance from the Kingdom of Satan to the Kingdom of God. This change of mind and turning from sin cannot be done in yourself. It is the power of God which actually brings the change in the mind, heart, and life of a sinner: Then God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. (Acts 11:18)
Repentance is a gift of God:
Him [Jesus] hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance...(Acts 5:31)
Although emotions may be involved in repentance, true repentance is a decision, not just an emotion. Sorrow for sin and the shedding of tears is not enough in itself. This must be accompanied by an inward decision that results in an outward change.
THE IMPORTANCE OF REPENTANCE:
Repentance is important because:
God Commands It:
...but [God] now commandeth all men everywhere to repent. (Acts 17:30)
It Is Necessary To Avoid Spiritual Death: ...but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3) It Is Necessary For Eternal Life: Through repentance the penalty of death is removed and eternal life is granted: When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
It Is Necessary For Forgiveness:
God cannot forgive your sins unless you repent:
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of
Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
(Acts 2:38) It Is God's Desire For All: God does not want anyone to experience the spiritual death of eternal separation from God in Hell:
The Lord...is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance. (II Peter 3:9) It Is The Reason Jesus Came Into The World: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:32) It Is Necessary To Enter God's Kingdom: From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:17)
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