Acts 20:21

Tom Harding

Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 20:21).

Paul, when giving his farewell words to the faithful elders of Ephesus reminded them of his ministry when he first came among them. He said, "serving the Lord with humility of mind, keeping back nothing that was profitable, preaching to the Jew and to the Gentile repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." (Acts 20:20-21).

Consider for a moment how important faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and repentance toward God is. Our Lord said, "except that you repent you shall perish" (Mark 13:1-5). Again He said, "without faith it is impossible to please God" (Heb. 11:6). What does the scripture teach us about faith and repentance? Here are seven things to remember.

One preacher of the past said, "When we have grown too big for repentance, we have also grown too proud for faith." "When faith is tempted to climb to presumption, repentance brings us back to sit at the Master's feet as little children." Now, do I have real and true repentance that leads to genuine faith? Do I have real faith that leads to true and valid repentance (2Cor. 13:5)?

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.


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