The Bible says in John 8:31-32: “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from Max Lucado. He said: “Though the Bible was written over sixteen centuries by at least forty authors, it has one central theme — salvation through faith in Christ.”
Our topic today is titled Disciples Come In All Shapes and Sizes (Part 2) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.
Today, we are looking at The Variety of Disciples
The word disciple itself means “learner or pupil.” It always involves a teacher-student relationship. John the Baptist had his disciples, the Pharisees had theirs, and Paul had his.
Our Lord had many. Some learned only for a time, then defected and left Him. On Palm Sunday a multitude of disciples followed the Lord, but by the end of the week most of them had also defected. Some were believers. One at least, Joseph of A-rim-a-thea, was a secret disciple for some time. A few belonged to an inner circle of intimate friends. Our Lord expected discipleship to involve strict commitment. But that does not always happen in the lives of all disciples.
So disciples come in all shapes and spiritual conditions.
The Bible says in John 3:12-13: “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”
Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from Harry Ironside. He said: “The Gospel is not good advice to be obeyed, it is good news to be believed.”
Our topic today is titled What is Repentance About? (Part 5) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.
A third category of uses of the word repent concerns repentance within the experience of Christian living. Christians need to repent. Recall the man at Corinth who sinned and who, exercised by the church’s discipline, came back to the Lord. Apparently the church was overly harsh on him, not being willing to restore him to full fellowship. Thus Paul exhorted the church to repent of its harsh stand and receive the man again into fellowship. Repent in this instance means that the church should change its mind about its wrong attitude toward that man.
In 2 Timothy 2:25, Paul commands Christians, or at least professing Christians, to repent of sin in their lives, particularly sins connected with promoting and accepting false teachers.
The Bible says in Acts 2:38-39: “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. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from J. Vernon McGee. He said: “There’s a pardon for every sinner on the topside of the earth, but you have to call for it by faith before it becomes yours. In other words, you have to trust Christ as your Savior.”
Our topic today is titled What is Repentance About? (Part 3) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.
The second type of repentance is a repentance that is unto eternal salvation. What kind of repentance saves? Not a sorrow for sins or even a sorrow that results in a cleaning up of one’s life. People who reform have repented; that is, they have changed their minds about their past lives, but that kind of repentance, albeit genuine, does not of itself save them. The only kind of repentance that saves is a change of mind about Jesus Christ.
People can weep; people can resolve to turn from their past sins; but these things in themselves cannot save. The only kind of repentance that saves anyone, anywhere, anytime is a change of mind about Jesus Christ. The sense of sin and sorrow because of sin may stir up a person’s mind or conscience so that he or she realizes the need for a Savior, but if there is no change of mind about Jesus Christ there will be no salvation.
The Bible says in John 3:5: “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from David Jeremiah. He said: “Saving us is the greatest and most concrete demonstration of God’s love, the definitive display of His grace throughout time and eternity.”
Our topic today is titled What is Repentance About? (Part 4) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.
The lordship/discipleship/mastery teaching apparently makes repentance and faith two distinct and necessary requirements for salvation. Note, for example, this statement: “The demand is for repentance as well as faith. It is not enough to believe that only through Christ and His death are sinners justified and accepted…. Knowledge of the gospel, and orthodox belief of it, is no substitute for repentance…. Where there is no realistic recognition of the real claims that Christ makes, there can be no repentance, and therefore no salvation.”
However, Luke’s rendering of the Great Commission uses repentance in the same sense as believing in Christ. “And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Clearly, repentance for the forgiveness of sins is connected to the death and resurrection of Christ.