Scriptures are taken from the New International Version of the Bible
…For he rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. IN WHOM WE HAVE REDEMPTION, THE FORGIVNESS OF SINS.
…In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with his riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. …
…I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can only do what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
Then Jesus came to them and said. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to OBEY everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of this age.”
Repentance is not merely a change of mind but a radical change in one’s life as a whole that especially involves forsaking sin and turning or returning to God.
Sin separates us from the Father.
Righteousness > being right with God
Righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
1 Peter 2:21-25
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example,that you should follow in his steps. He committed no sin and no deceit was found in his mouth… (continue reading)
1 John 2:1-6 …but if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense --Jesus
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue mutters wicked things.
No one calls for justice; no one pleads his case with integrity.
The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins…
2 Corinthians 6:17
Therefore come out from them* and be separate,
Touch no unclean thing,
And I will be a Father to you,
And you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
*them > the false teachers presenting another gospel
2 Corinthians 7:10
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.
I recognize that I need you in my life.
Thank you for accepting me just as I am.
I confess my sins to you and ask for your forgiveness.
I receive you as my personal Lord and Savior.
And I commit to putting you first in my life.
In the Name of Jesus Christ!