Rhema Ministries Church of God in Christ -                                       "A Life Changing Ministry"

The Atonement!
All Scriptures are of the KJV
 
                                                            Series: Reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
 
Isaiah 59 (KJV)
59 Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
 
How important is our repentance and our reconciliation unto God?
Isaiah 1
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
 
Trusting in vanity, we say things like…You just don’t know the things I’ve done!  These words are so important to the unsaved today.  Vanity, pride, self-centeredness has that person’s heart.  Proverbs 13:10 reads like this,” ONLY by pride cometh contention: Remember the old serpent in the Garden of Eden?  “Thou shall not surely die!”  When a person speaks this into his/her heart, this gesture of the old serpent rises up from the past.  Doubt and distrust of the truth brings forth iniquity.
 
The importance of repentance is real.  However, Pride prevents many from coming to Christ.  “ONLY by pride cometh contention…” Contention, (Heated Disagreement).  Many have stated that, what they have done in the world is beyond God’s reach. O, I’ve done this and I’ve done that.  Deep in their hearts they are drawing attention to themselves.  They feel important inside, they feel big about themselves.  They begin to disagree with the truth being spoken. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. 
 
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
 
Confession and Repentance