1Jo 1:9; Eph 5:18-21; Rom 8:28-31
ROMANS-86-100407 - length: 64:46 - taught on Apr, 7 2010
This message includes teaching on the doctrine of rebound. Since then Pastor Farley has come to understand that the doctrine of rebound cannot be supported by the Bible. Please see Pastor Farley’s messages in March 2013 (March 3 - April 3, 2013) where he systematically refutes the doctrine of rebound based on the scriptures.
April 7, 2010
THE DOCTRINE OF REPENTANCE
The first type of repentance is a synonym for faith in connection with salvation.
Faith in Christ and repentance are two sides of the same coin.
A change in mental attitude about the person and work of Christ equals repentance in connection with salvation.
The second type of repentance is rebound, changing our thinking to agree with God’s verdict concerning our sins. We embrace the experiential forgiveness God freely provides.
The Greek word for “confess” is homologeo and it means “to say the same thing”.
Confession is saying the same thing about our sins as God says about them.
There is a place for repentance in the believer’s experience, a place for a change of mind, if we are to know the blessed experience of restoration to fellowship through confession of sin.
If we confess [homologeo -name] our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us [cancel] our sins and to cleanse [purify] us from all unrighteousness.
The verb was used primarily in a judicial context as “confess a crime in court, to make a legal statement.”
It was at the cross that our sins were judged, and the way in which we confess our sins is very similar to the way in which we were saved.
“Faithful” emphasizes God’s consistency in forgiving every believer who admits his sins to Him.
“Righteous” describes the source of forgiveness. God’s holiness or integrity is composed of His righteousness and justice. His perfect righteousness is the only standard His justice can accept.
The Greek verb aphiemi means to forgive, to cancel. The instant we acknowledge our known sins to God, He cancels the sins and the initial repercussion of loss of fellowship.
Rebound, confessing our sins to God the Father, is the only means compatible with grace for receiving divine forgiveness to restore fellowship with God.
Confess it [the sin] —
b) Isolate it —
To isolate a sin means that it has already been confessed, it has been forgiven by God, and it should not become the basis for chain sinning.
c) Forget it —
a) Confess it [the sin]
b) Isolate it
c) Forget it
d) Move forward in the spiritual life
Confession is gracious because it is for our sake.
Without it, believers will try to reform their old man. Without it, believers will try to use their own power to outthink the old man. But self will never cast out self.
Grace is the power to change.
“Sit at My Right Hand until I make your enemies [sin nature, cosmic system, kingdom of darkness] a footstool for Your Feet.”
We are benefited, since the cross removes all guilt, and we are assured in experience of that unlimited forgiveness.
And we are benefited by being witnesses in the angelic conflict to the rightness of God’s character, nature, will, and plan.
“In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The beauty of rebound is that it cuts off the arrogance skills of self-absorption, self-justification, and self-deception.
Point 7. The third type of repentance in the Church age believer’s life is the turning away from human viewpoint (lies, evil) and turning toward divine viewpoint (grace and truth), resulting in living a new life of fellowship with the Trinity.
What do you think of the truth?