Repentance and Faith Reinforced – Outline

Written 2009

  • Hebrews 6:1-2 – foundations laid
  • Exodus 26:23-24 – God commanded reinforcements to be constructed with the tabernacle, ensuring it would stand firm
  • 1 Corinthians 3:10 – to be wise, responsible builders, we must reinforce critical foundations such as repentance and faith

1. Repentance

  • Luke 15:18-20 – Repentance is a change of mind and action.  It is an exchange of Lords – we reject our lordship over our life, and turn to God’s lordship
  • John 6:44; Acts 5:31; 11:18 – Repentance is initiated by God.
  • Luke 15:20 – Repentance is aided by God when we surrender to Him.
  • Mark 1:15 – “Repent, and believe…” – Repentance and faith must work in cooperation.  You can’t know Jesus as Savior if you don’t know Him as Lord.
  • John 14:23 – the indicator of our faith and love toward Christ is our obedience.

2.1 – Faith

  • Luke 15:22-23 – “Bring out the best robe…a ring…sandals…the fatted calf” – Repentance put the son in a position that faces his father, but he still had to receive his father and the abundant life his father offered.
  • Hebrews 11:6 – Faith is the receiving of God’s person and work, according to the Scriptures.
  • Faith that is recognized by God:
  • Romans 10:9-10 – begins in the heart
  • Luke 8:4-15 – through the seed of God’s Word    
  • 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 – must believe the gospel (“good news”)
  • Romans 6:23 – Bad news: We deserve death in the sight of a Holy God.  Good news: We can receive what we don’t deserve – i.e. life – by faith in gospel.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – The gospel: The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ as a payment for our sins.
  • Ephesians 1:13 – faith in the gospel brings the life of God’s Holy Spirit
  • 1 Peter 1:23; Galatians 5:22-23 – As the seed of God’s Word and Spirit grow in our life, they produce eternal fruit and true change in our heart, words, and actions.

2.2 – A Mature Faith

  • Romans 1:5-6 – the book of Romans, which explains in detail faith in the gospel, along with Paul’s other letters, were written to those who already repented and believed on Christ – “the called of Christ” (Romans 1:7). 
  • Though our faith starts as a seed, it must grow to a fuller understanding of the gospel.

Faith in the Power of the Blood

  • Romans 3:20-26; 5:8-9 – the blood covers our “deeds” (3:20) and “sins that were previously committed” (3:25), saving us from God’s wrath (5:9)
  • Eden
  • Genesis 2:15-17; 3:6-19 – sin separates God from man, creates guilt in man, gives Satan (“the accuser”) ground to rightfully accuse
  • Genesis 3:21 – God needed to cover them with the life of another, presumably through shed blood 
  • Passover Feast
  • Exodus 12 – needed a lamb without blemish (compare 12:5 with 1 Peter 1:19) who had no bones broken (compare 12:46 with John 19:33), Israel received life when God saw the blood (compare 12:12-13 with Romans 3:25)
  • Day of Atonement
  • Leviticus 16 – sacrifice slaughtered publicly (compare 16:15 with Hebrews 13:11-12), blood offered to God in Holy of Holies (compare 16:14-15 with Hebrews 9:11-12), only High Priest could enter (compare 16:17 with Hebrews 9:7,11-12 and John 14:6), the blood covered the people’s sins (compare Leviticus 16:20-22 with Romans 5:8-9), and the people only had to rest while the High Priest did the work (compare 16:29-31 with John 6:28-29)
  • Hebrews 10:1-4,11-14 – the blood of Jesus puts an end to the guilt of sin
  • Approaching God
  • Ephesians 2:11-13; Hebrews 10:19-22 – we are able to draw near to God in boldness solely on the basis of Christ’s sacrifice.
  • Hebrews 4:16 – we are commanded to approach God in boldness
  • John 1:7-10; Song of Songs 1:4-6 – drawing near to God exposes our darkness, but the blood covers every sin
  • Answering Satan’s Accusations
  • Revelation 12:10-11 – Satan = Accuser, but the blood directly answers his accusations
  • Zechariah 3:1-5 – Satan was rebuked on the basis of God’s Word and the new covering God provided Joshua
  • Bought as a Slave
  • 1 Corinthians 6:20; Acts 20:28 – Christ’s blood purchased us for God.
  • Exodus 22:16-17; Ephesians 6:23 – the blood bought us as a bride for Christ
  • Leviticus 25:44; Romans 6:18 – the blood bought us as slaves of Christ and His righteousness

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