Yesterday, we looked at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and His statement; “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).
What is repentance? One definition put it well; “to change one’s way of life as the result of a complete change of thought and attitude with regard to sin and righteousness.” How does someone change their “thought and attitude with regard to sin and righteousness”? There must be something outside ourselves that causes us to change our thinking and attitudes.
Education (learning) will only give us information about why we need to change our thinking and attitudes, but there are so many sources of education and information; which is the right one? There must be a source of truth that man can trust to be accurate and have authority.
Jesus points to the Holy Spirit as the “Spirit of Truth” (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13; 1 John 4:6). This is in addition to referring to Himself as “the Truth” (14:6). As to the Spirit, “When He comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (16:8).
Now we can make the connection between the Holy Spirit and repentance. His work in us is to convict our heart of sin (what is wrong in God’s sight) and change our thinking and attitudes with “truth” which then puts us in agreement with God.
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