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Posted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 1:48 pm
Jesus said to repent and at the same time,
believe the Gospel:

The time is fulfilled,
and the kingdom of God is at hand:
repent ye, and believe the gospel.
(Mark 1:15 KJV)

God always wants repentance,
but never trust in repentance for salvation:
all trust must be on Christ alone.
Anyone who trusts in their repentance
to any degree or in any way whatsoever
to make them righteous for salvation,
is not believing in the real Biblical Gospel:
It makes no difference whether people
view repentance as a change of mind,
or turning to God, or turning from sin,
or whatever: trusting that for salvation
makes repentance into a work of the law,
and is disbelieving the only Gospel that saves.
(Romans 3:19-28, 4:4-5, 11:5-6,
Galatians 2:14-21, 3:1-14, Philippians 3:3-7)

People should live a life of repentance,
but must repent without ever trusting
in that at all in any way to be what saves:
And the only way anyone can ever do that,
is to believe the real Biblical Gospel:
Christ saves us by being righteous for us.
(Romans 1:16-17, 3:22-23, 4:3-5, 5:17-19)

That is the Gospel that Christ showed Paul
when as yet Saul warred against the church,
and that is the Gospel that Christ showed Luther
when as yet a Catholic monk and rabid papist,
and that is the Gospel that Christ showed me
when as yet in deepest darkness beyond all,
lost in the occult world called Mormonism,
when no one could reach me except Christ himself.
(Acts 26:9-18, Galatians 1:6-24, Philippians 3:1-9;
Preface to the Complete Edition of Luther's Latin Works;
My testimony at my website: First Light, Face Of Christ)

Christ himself shows people that he is
our Righteous Substitute for salvation,
and gives them faith to trust him to be righteous for us,
and so counts his own perfect righteousness unto us
as though it were now ours.
Otherwise people cannot believe the truth,
even though it is the real Gospel of Scripture,
shown by Christ to John,
and given by Christ by revelation to Paul,
and is what Christ showed Luther to enable
the Protestant Reformation,
and is what Christ showed me in our own generation:
(John 1:1-18, 6:44-51, 12:32-46, 14:1-7, 16:7-16,
Romans 4:1-25, 9:14-33, 10:1-21, 11:1-11, Ephesians 2:1-9)

Right from the beginning,
Christ showed the apostles and people
thru his forerunner, John the Baptist,
that Jesus is our Righteous Substitute,
the Lamb of God given for us:
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away
the sin of the world. (John 1:29)
Behold the Lamb Of God! (verse 36)
So also he showed Paul right at the beginning,
that by persecuting us, Saul was persecuting Jesus:
Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? (Acts 9:4)
I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: (verse 5)

The world has cast away the real Biblical Gospel twice,
once after the Apostles, and once after the Reformers.
But Christ has brought that Gospel back and caused it
to be posted on my personal website along with
hundreds of Gospel articles, and also on that lowly
but worldwide forum of Christian newsgroups,
where the world is once again trying to drive
the only Gospel that saves, from the face of the earth.

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