Bethany Presbyterian Church

22 Oct 2021

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Demonstrate our repentance

Acts 26:19-23

19 “亚基帕王啊,因此,我没有违背这从天上来的异象,20 先向大马士革、耶路撒冷、犹太全地的人宣讲,后向外族人宣讲,叫他们悔改,归向上帝,行事与悔改的心相称。21 犹太人就是为了这缘故在殿里捉住我,想要杀我。22 然而,我得到上帝的帮助,直到今日还是站得稳,向尊卑老幼作见证,我所讲的都是众先知和摩西所论的将来必成的事,23 就是基督必须受难,并且从死人中首先复活,把光明的信息传报给这人民和外族人。

19 “So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. 20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.21 That is why some Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. 22 But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen— 23 that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.”





Lessons Learn

Conversion is linked here with repentance. Conversely, people’s corruption and depravity show alienation from God. And because repentance is an interior thing, depending on the disposition of the heart. Since the Gospel of Chirst now calss everyone to repentance, it follows that everyone is naturally corrupt and needs to be changed. Similarly, this passage teaches that is an ignorant perversion of the Gospel to separate the grace of Christ from repentance.