13: Light and Repentance
Posted: Thursday, November 20th, 2014Print
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God set lights in the heavens for ruling, and Heaven does indeed rule. This series looks at the deeper meanings and roles of LIGHT and its affect on our world, our lives and our destinies.
In Your light we see light.
Psalm 36:9b NASB
Light received becomes repentance…a divine intervention in our pursuit of delusion. Repentance is the First Call from God. Not salvation first – repentance first!
Repent! The cry of John the Baptist, the sermon of Jesus and the simple solution to sin. “Repent” is a call to enter the family of God by born-again adoption. And repentance – the only requirement, His only invitation and the only door. Salvation without repentance will prove – eventually – to be not salvation but the failed experience of one who has heard the call of the Father, the knock of the Son, and refused to listen and open the door.
Repentance is the knock of the Savior on the door of the heart.
The opening of the door is only repentance and that, on my side. The gentle knock is on the outside. I must open, but the only key that turns the lock is repentance.
To want Him who knocks is to take the personal piercing of His sword of repentance. He will not put down His sword to meet with you on your easy terms. Until repentance makes the opening, the door remains closed to the Bloody Hands…no matter how else I try to pry the door open, it opens only to welcome a God-inflicted repentance.
Careful avoidance of contrition, excusing the inexcusable and I will have missed His coming.
Repentance is the buried bedrock on which the purity of Christ is constructed. The agony of hunger, the pain of inadequacy. These welcome Light’s invasion even if the Brightness hurts. The first Light we meet is the illumination of our need for Light by the shock of having lived so long in the darkness of self-ignorance. To desire and welcome Light will always usher in the divine work of repentance.
Repentance is Life, repentance being God’s Light shining on and in the deep of the soul. Your life is the measure of the Light you allow—the precise measure.
How deep is your repentance? That is exactly the depth of your vision of Christ, your understanding of and intimacy with Him. All spirituality rises only on the foundation of repentance, and without that foundation as a continuous presence, all is empty and false religion.
Your spiritual eyes are opened only by repentance. Repentance was John’s call to Israel before Christ appeared, and those who repented could recognize the Son of God. Those who did not repent were not only blind to Him, even as He performed miracles before their eyes, but they became His murdering enemies. Solely on the absence of repentance.
The depth and trueness of your repentance will be the exact size of your love for the Lord Jesus.
The woman who washed Jesus’ feet adored Him for the greatness of His forgiveness covering the greatness of the sin for which she had repented.
Luke 7:47-48 NASB
“For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.”
Revelation is Light exposing Him who is Truth, but revelation always stands on the foundation of repentance. No other ground. Revelation without repentance is at best, delusion and at worst, heresy.
The richness AND the reality of your life, the distance you will run in your race, the arrival at your destiny…all depends entirely on the scope of how much you have allowed the light of Christ to enter and expose your secret affections and hidden thoughts.
Light is Life. So repentance is Life. Anything less than, other than Light will be…Death.
Ezekiel 18:32 NASB
“For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord God. “Therefore, repent and live.”
If we could comprehend the value of Light to give life and health, we would cry out for its brightness.
Copyright © 2004 Martha Kilpatrick, Heaven’s Rule