Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 1, 2017

“He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah chapter 35.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+36&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“In the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, “Take a scroll and write on it all the words which I have spoken to you concerning Israel and concerning Judah, and concerning all the nations, from the day I first spoke to you, from the days of Josiah, even to this day.  Perhaps the house of Judah will hear all the calamity which I plan to bring on them, in order that every man will turn from his evil way;  then I will forgive their iniquity and their sin.”  Jeremiah 35:1-3.

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Today, we have so much more warning and reason to turn away from our evil ways.  We not only have the words of Jeremiah, we have 65 other books of the Bible.  And, today, we have more than one scroll, we have countless Bibles around the world. 

How great is our accountability to the LORD!

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”  2 Corinthians 5:10.

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.”  Matthew 16:26-27.

“I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.  But I will warn you whom to fear:  fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell;  yes, I tell you, fear Him!”  Luke 12:4-5.

What should be our response?

We should repent and turn from our evil ways, and today’s Scripture shows our LORD’s patience and willingness to forgive. 

Perhaps the house of Judah will hear all the calamity which I plan to bring on them, in order that every man will turn from his evil way;  then I will forgive their iniquity and their sin.”  Verse 3.

“They refused to listen,
And did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them;
So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt.
But You are a God of forgiveness,
Gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness;
And You did not forsake them.”  Nehemiah 9:17.

Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”  Acts 17:30-31.

But, will we repent?

Unless we receive grace from God to repent, we will be like the king and the servants who did not repent.

Yet the king and all his servants who heard all these words were not afraid, nor did they rend their garments.”  Verse 24.

Other doctrine depends on its wisdom and will-power to repent.

But, Reformed Doctrine continually looks to God and depends on God for grace even to repent.

If there is true repentance, then God must have granted it through His Will and Sovereign Power. 

He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”  Acts 5:31.

When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.”  Acts 11:18.

The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,”  2 Timothy 2:24-25.

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