Luke 15 Lesson

Repentance

In a previous study, we looked at salvation and what we must do to be saved.   We listed five items that are necessary for salvation:

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

  1. Believe in Jesus. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” – Acts 16:31
  2. Confess our belief in Him. For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:10
  3. Repent (turn away from) of our sins. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3
  4. Be baptized. Baptismnow saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 3:21and “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16
  5. Obey God’s commandments. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heavenwill enter.” – Mathew 7:21

REPENTANCE 

For today’s lesson, we will be looking at repentance and how it is necessary for salvation.

Repentance means, “To turn away.”   For Christians, repentance means turning away from sinful, self-serving behavior, and turning towards God.   A repentant soul focuses on serving God and others, not themselves.   Sometimes we may repent of our sins right away.   For other sins, the process may take years.   Even though God is patient, we do not want to wait too long to repent once we become aware of our sins.  

There is a special relationship between repentance, baptism, and confession, as evidenced by the following two scriptures:

  • Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgivenessof your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” - Acts 2:38.

  • “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." – 1 John 1:9.

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT REPENTANCE 

The words, “Repent,” and, “Repentance,” appear more than one hundred times throughout the Bible.   Here are six scriptures that talk about the importance of repentance:

  1. “Therefore repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.” -   Acts 3:19.
  2. “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” - Mathew 4:17.
  3. “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent.” - Acts 17:30.
  4. “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” - Romans 2:4.
  5. “When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.” - Acts 11:18.
  6. “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” - Luke 13:3.

THE PRODIGAL SON AND REPENTANCE

When we repent, we bring joy to God the Father!   That is the point that Jesus makes in the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).   In this parable, the younger son asks for blessings from his father and receives them.   Instead of honoring his father with what he has been given, he goes off to a far country and squanders everything on loose living.

When adversity struck in the form of a famine, he became poor and desperate.   Luke writes about how the Prodigal Son decided to return to his father.   He humbly approached his father asking if he could be a servant.   The son believed that he had sinned so badly, that the only way his father would accept him back was in a working capacity.   Note the following scripture:     

  • Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.” – Luke 15:18-19.

The Prodigal Son did three things:

  1. He accepted responsibility for his actions,
  2. He turned away (repented) from his sins,
  3. He returned to his father.

That is the example that God wants us to follow!

What happens next in this parable shows us how God is filled with Joy every time somebody repents of their sins and returns to Him.   It also shows us that there are no sins too big for our Father to forgive us if we repent and turn away from them (except for blasphemy of the Holy Spirit).

Luke writes:

  • “So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.   And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.” – Luke 15:20-24.

CONCLUSION

God is merciful and full of compassion.   If we have given in to sin and gotten lost along the way, we should take comfort that God is waiting for us to return to Him with open arms!

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9.

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Michelle

Thankyou Lord that no matter how many mistakes or how bad the mistakes were you are a Faithful and loving father. You have always been there , I have came so far from where I use to be , I am truly grateful.

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Michelle

Amen Michelle!

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