Surrender Control – BT3
Repentance is our part in the divine exchange of propitiation or atonement
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This ‘divine exchange’ of propitiation or atonement between our powerless self-control and Christ’s perfect self-control does not just automatically occur for all man, and so all men are NOT saved. It only occurs as we surrender control of our asthenes and opheleo “inherent weakness, feebleness, impotence, worthlessness, uselessness, and failure of the flesh” or our “might and power” (a) by trusting-relying-faith (b) in Christ’s perfect control. This is the essence of “repentance (c) for the forgiveness of sins” that is the essence of the Great Commission Jesus gave to preach to the world (d). <Notes> a) Matthew 26:41; John 6:63, b) pistis: relational conviction of trusting reliance, c) metanoia, metanoeo, d) Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3, 5:32; 24:47; Acts 2:38, 5:31.
Metanoia repentance literally means “an after-effect of mind/heart/inner man, implying an internal change after an activity, where the ‘activity’ is defined by the context.” So what is the “activity” in our particular case? When we are confronted with “The Truth,” who is Jesus Christ (a) and His logos gospel message of The Truth of our salvation (b) that gives us very long lists of self-evident sins and says: “I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who practice such things will absolutely in fact not inherit the kingdom of God (c) because “the flesh is absolutely asthenes and opheleo ‘inherently weak, feeble, impotent, worthless, useless, and a failure” (d) and so that there is absolutely in fact none that is righteous, no, not one . . . for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (e), then there should be a “conviction of our sin, Christ’s righteousness, and the judgment to God of Satan and all those you are not saved by Christ” (f). <Notes> a) John 14:6, b) Ephesians 1:13, c) Galatians 5:19-21, d) Matthew 26:41; John 6:63, e) Romans 3:10, 23, f) John 16:8.
“Repentance” involves an an essential inward change! Certainly it should work itself out into a change of actions, for John who was water-baptizing Jews for repentance and said to the hypocritical Pharisees and Sadducees, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance” (a). The apostle Paul preached that people, “should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance” (b). This is Morality 101! <Notes> a) Matthew 3:7-8; Luke 3:7-8, b) Acts 26:20.
And if this conviction “activity” occurs, then we have a choice to continue on “the way that seems right to a man but its end is the way of death” (a) or to surrender control of our own life and confess “Jesus is Kurios Lord, Supreme Master/Owner” (b), the earliest known Christian public confession or creed, giving Him complete control over our lives! Paul reminds Christians of this decision: “Or you do you absolutely in fact not eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know that your body actually is ongoingly a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have [received] from God? You are absolutely in fact not your own, for you were brought with a [ransom] price. So glorify God in your body” (c)! This is exactly the radical transition of Zechariah 4:6’s “not in fact by might nor power, but by My Spirit.” But we find throughout the NT that this “let go and let God” decision is not a one-time event at our water-baptism public confession but a daily private decision.” That’s what we will discuss now! <Notes> a) Proverbs 14:12, b) 1 Corinthians 12:3, c) 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
As Christian musician, we will not experience the dynamite-like enabling power of the Holy Spirit until we surrender our powerlessness daily to Christ. If we want the “By My Spirit” experience, we have to abandon the illusion we have “might and power.” This is the essence of repentance – turning away from ourselves and the enticements of the world to Jesus Christ as the sole owner of us. Now we no longer live for ourselves! Now we live for Christ. He is our Lord!