Torrey - Man -9.4- The Results of Repentance

IV. THE RESULTS OF REPENTANCE. Luke 15:7,10 — "I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance .... Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth."

First Proposition: There is joy in heaven, in the presence of the angels of God, over one sinner that repents.

This is the supreme result of repentance. We should work for the repentance of sinners more because of the joy it brings to God and Christ than because of the blessings it brings to us. Isaiah 55:7 — "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." Luke 24:47 — "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Mark 1:4 RV — "John came, who baptized in the wilderness and preached the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins." Acts 2:38 RV — "And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 3:19 — "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out."

Second Proposition: Repentance results in pardon — remission of sins, the blotting out of sins.

This remission is "in the name of Jesus Christ" — i.e., on the grounds of His work. Repentance is the condition upon which the remission secured by the death of Jesus Christ is made our own. Acts 2:38 RV — "And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

Third Proposition: Repentance is one of the primary conditions for receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The gift of the Holy Spirit is for all those who repent and are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of sins. It is for them to "take" (the exact force of the word rendered "receive"). Acts 3:19-21 RV — "Repent ye therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that so there may come seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord; and that he may send the Christ who hath been appointed for you, even Jesus: whom the heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, whereof God spake by the mouth of his holy prophets which have been since the world began."

Fourth Proposition: The repentance of God's people will result in times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord and the sending of the Messiah.

These words were spoken to the Israelites and the implication is that the repentance of Israel will result in the coming of the Christ who has been appointed for them, even Jesus.