Here’s another interesting session of programming that was aired on Issues, Etc. (http://www.issuesetc.org/ondemand.html). The topic has to with one (of many) question that tends to dog us: Repentance, What Is It?
Go here: http://126.96.36.199/podcast/158020509H2p.mp3
Rod gives us a substantially biblical definition of what repentance is, as well as explains what it is not (but is commonly believed to be). The conversation affirms that Christ alone (His person/His accomplishment) is Our hope, not you, not I.
Octavius Winslow once wrote:
“As our deepest sorrow flows from a sense of sin, so our deepest joy springs from a sense of its forgiveness…This comfort have all the saints. Your sins, O believer, are forgiven. ‘I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins,’ says God (Isa. 44:22). You are not called upon to believe that God will pardon, but that He has pardoned you. Forgiveness is a past act; the sense of it written upon the conscience is a present one. ‘For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified’ (Heb. 10:14), has forever put away their sins…
“Thus, beloved, God comforts His conscience-troubled people. He loves so to speak to their hearts! Is it any delight to Him to see you carrying your burden of conscious sin day after day and week after week? Ah, no! He has procured the means of your pardon at a great price-nothing less than the sacrifice of His beloved Son- and will not the same love which procured your forgiveness, speak it to your heart?…Is sin your trouble? Does conscious guilt cast you down? Look up, disconsolate soul! There is forgiveness with God. It is in His heart to pardon you.”