The Missing Cross to Purity

These times of ignorance God has overlooked,
but now he commands all men everywhere to repent.

Acts 17:30

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  1. Luke 5:32
    32I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
  2. Luke 24:46-47
    46And [Jesus] said to them, "Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead the third day,
    47And that repentance and release from bondage of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
  3. Isa 30:15
    In repentance and rest you are saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.
  4. Luke 13:3
    I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.
  5. Luke 13:5
    I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."
  6. Acts 17:30
    (Paul speaking) These times of ignorance God has overlooked; but now he commands all men everywhere to repent,2
  7. 2 Peter 3:9
    The Lord is not slack in keeping his promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that anyone should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

  8. Proverbs 1:23
    If you will repent at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.
      [But if you have "treated my counsel as nothing and have ignored my reproofs; I will also laugh at your calamity, and I will mock when your fear comes." Every man and woman has their day of visitation from the Lord, when he anonymously reasons with us to turn from evil and do right. He clearly reasons with irrefutable logic, but we typically ignore his counsel, reproof, and reasonings because we are stubborn and insistent on our own selfish ends. If we ignore him, he then ignores us until we sincerely and humbly turn to him, (if we ever do), seeking His guidance in life. He stands with open arms to love and guide us, but we pass by him without even noticing. If you ignore and fail to obey the words you hear Christ speak to you, those words will be your judge when you die. John 12:47-48. If we fail to be purified in this life and experience the power of God to deliver us from sin, when we die, we will experience the Day of the Lord; as the Lord appears to us, and we see ourselves in comparison to him. If we die still sinning, it will be a frightening, terrible day because we will know how evil we really are; when looking at holiness and purity, we will suddenly see the truth of our own selfish, beastly self. Although at the time of his visitation, we quickly forget the Lord's reproofs, we will remember them at judgment and be deeply ashamed that we ignored the pleadings of our loving creator. We will want to run, but be unable. We will have to undergo the pain of seeing all of our life's deeds, words, and thoughts exposed in the bright light of God. This light is a consuming fire, and it will burn away all the evil in us, destroying our body and soul, leaving only our spirit. We had our chance on earth to make our peace with God and be delivered from all sin, but we chose to live our life the way we wanted instead; he will not be sympathetic to our plight.

  9. Matthew 3:2 (John the Baptist speaking)
    And saying, Repent (think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
  10. Luke 3:8-14 (John the Baptist speaking)
    8Bring forth fruits worthy of repentance, and do not say within yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones. 9For the axe is already laid at the root of the trees, so that every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."3 10And the people asked him, "What shall we do then?" 11And he answered and said to them, "He who has two coats, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise."
      [Share from your excess with anyone who lacks the necessities of life.]
    12Then the tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, "Master, what shall we do?"
    13And he said to them, "Do not collect any more than you are required to." 14And the soldiers likewise asked him, saying, "And what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Don't take money from anyone by force, nor accuse anyone falsely; and be content with your wages."4
  11. Matthew 3:8-9 (John the Baptist speaking)
    8Bring forth fruits proper for repentance.
    9And do not presume to say within yourselves 'We have Abraham for our father;' for I say to you, that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
  12. Matthew 3:10-12 (John the Baptist speaking)
    10And already the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.2 11 I indeed baptize you with water to repentance; but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry. He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire; 12 Whose winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."3
  13. Matthew 4:17
    From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
  14. Acts 26:20
    20But proclaimed first to those of Damascus, and throughout Jerusalem and all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works consistent with repentance.3

    Before you can hear the Word of the Lord within your heart to guide you, the first works for all are repentance, which John the Baptist told us were the prerequisite to seeking the kingdom of heaven:

    Repent: think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct. Mat 3:2
    Share from your excess with those who are without the necessities of life. [This is very key to your success in receiving God's favor.]
    Be honest in all your dealings, never exaggerating or overreaching anyone.
    Don't oppress people or frighten anyone, don't lie, don't want more, don't complain. Luke 3:10-14

    When you can hear the Spirit of God from within your heart, as you wait on the Lord and listen to the Lord, he will command further repentance in your life. The commands you hear Him speak to you are to be kept, remembered, and obeyed; if he orders you to deny something in your life, you are to keep denying it. As you continue to obey His commands to you, you are eventually purified by his grace that teaches you how to live righteously, soberly and godly in this present world, until you are redeemed from all sins and purified for Himself a people of His very own with a zeal for good works. Tit 2:11-14. Then you are directed by God to do works of love to your joy and God's honor, glory, and pleasure.

    God's grace and salvation are provided to create a people dedicated to good works, doing His will on earth as it is done in heaven]

  15. Revelation 3:19
    As many as I love, I chastise, [rebuke, discipline]. Be zealous therefore, and repent.
  16. Matthew 11:20
    20Then he [Jesus] began to upbraid the cities in which most of his mighty works were done, because they did not repent.
    21"Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
    22But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
    23And you, Capernaum, who thinks to have exalted yourselves to heaven, you shall be brought down to hell. For if the mighty works which have been done in you, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
    24But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you."

  17. Ezekiel 33:11 
    Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’
  18. Ezekiel 18:30-32
    "Repent! And turn from all your transgressions, so iniquity will not be your ruin.
    Cast away from you all your transgressions, by which you have transgressed; and get a new heart, a new mind, and a new spirit. For why will you die,
    For I have no pleasure in the death of him who dies,"
    says the Lord GOD. "Therefore turn [from you evil ways] and live!"
  19. Mark 1:15
    "The time has come, and the kingdom of God is at hand [near];
    repent and believe the gospel of God."

  20. Matthew 12:41
    The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here.

  21. Matthew 21:31-32
    31Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. But after after had seen it, [the way to righteousness by repentance], you did not repent afterwards and believe him.
  22. Mark 1:2-4
    As it is written in the prophets: "Behold, I will send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way before you.
    The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'"
    So John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission [release from the bondage] of sins.1

  23. Mark 6:12
    They went out and preached that men should repent.

  24. Luke 3:3
    And he came into all the country around the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission [release from the bondage] of sins;1

  25. Luke 15:3-10
    3Then Jesus spoke this parable to them, saying,
    4"What man of you who has a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?
    5And when he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
    6And when he comes home, he calls his friends and neighbors together saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.'
    7I tell to you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety nine righteous people who need no repentance.
    8Or what woman who has ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and seek diligently until she finds it?
    9And when she has found it, she calls her friends and her neighbors together saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.'
    10Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
  26. Luke 16:19-31
    19There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen, feasting and living in splendor every day.
    20And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, who laid at his gate, full of sores,
    21Longing to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table. And even the dogs came and licked his sores.
    22And it came to pass, that the beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.
    23And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
    24And he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in this fire.'
    25But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that you received your good things in your lifetime; while Lazarus received evil things; but now he is comforted and you are in agony.
    26And beside this, there is a great gulf fixed between us and you, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, neither can anyone cross from there to us.'
    27Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house.
    28For I have five brothers. Let him warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.'
    29But Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.'
    30Then he said, 'No, father Abraham, but if one went to them from the dead, they will repent.'
    31But Abraham replied to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets,3 neither will they be convinced even though someone rose from the dead.'"
  27. Luke 17:3-4
    So watch yourselves. "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.
    If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him."

  28. Acts 2:38
    Then Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for release from the bondage of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

  29. Acts 3:19-20
    Therefore repent and turn back [to God], so that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ [the anointing] appointed for you;1
  30. Acts 5:31
    God exalted him to his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, in order to give repentance to Israel, and release from bondage of sins.3

  31. Acts 8:22
    Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.

  32. Acts 11:18
    When they heard these things, they ceased their challenge and glorified God, saying, "Then God has also granted repentance to life to the Gentiles."
  33. Acts 13:24
    Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel.

  34. Acts 19:4
    Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus."

  35. Acts 20:21
    Testifying to both Jews and also to the Greeks repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus.

  36. Romans 2:4
    Or do you despise the riches of his goodness and tolerance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God is to lead you to repentance?
  37. 2 Corinthians 7:9-10
    Now I rejoice, not because you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, so that you might suffer no damage by us.
    For godly sorrow produces repentance that leads to salvation, and is not regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
  38. 2 Corinthians 12:21
     I am afraid that when I come again, my God will humble me before you; and that I may grieve over those who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity and fornication and unrestrained lust which they have committed.

  39. 2 Timothy 2:23-25
    But avoid foolish and unlearned questions, knowing that they produce strife.
    The servant of the Lord must not argue; but he must be gentle to all men, ready to teach, patient,
    Calmly instructing those who oppose him; in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth;
    So that they may escape from the snare of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

  40. Hebrews 6:1-6
    1Therefore, leaving the elementary principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works,1 and of faith toward God, 2Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
    3And this will we do, if God permits.
    4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
    5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
    6If they fall away, to renew them again to repentance; since they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to open shame.2

  41. Revelation 2:5
    Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove your candlestick out of its place — unless you repent.2
  42. Revelation 2:16
    Repent, or else I will come to you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
  43. Revelation 2:21-22
    I gave her time to repent of her adultery; and she has not repented.
    So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.

  44. Revelation 3:3
    Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

  45. Revelation 9:20-21
    And the rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the works of their own hands, so that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold and silver and brass and stone and wood; which can neither see nor hear nor walk.
    Neither did they repent of their murders or of their sorceries or of their sexual immorality or of their thefts.

  46. Revelation 16:9-11
    And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, who has power over these plagues; but they did not repent and give him glory.
    Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl upon the seat [throne] of the beast; and his kingdom was plunged into darkness; and people gnawed their tongues in pain,
    And people blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pain and their sores, but they did not repent of their deeds.1

  47. 2 Kings 17:13
    Yet the LORD warned Israel and Judah through all the prophets and all the seers, saying, "Turn from your evil ways and keep my commands and my statutes, according to all the law that I commanded your forefathers and sent to you by my servants the prophets."

  48. Zechariah 1:4
    Do not be like your forefathers, to whom the former prophets have cried, saying, "Thus said the LORD of hosts: "Turn now from your evil ways and from your evil doings;" but they did not hear or listen to me, says the LORD.

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