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132 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
"oN THE EARTH" (Rev. 5: 10), for a thousand years (Rev. 20:4, 6).
WHY has the whole world been deceived wilh a false gospel
(Rev. 12:9)? WHY have lhey been deceived inlo belief in a
counterfeit Kingdom of God? (Request our free booklels
What /s
the True Gospel?
and
Just What Do You Mean- the Kingdom of
God?)
Look again at the many parables of Jesus. They leach the
Kingdom of God. They make plain lhe facl lhe Kingdom of God
is the WORLD GOVERNMENT soon, now, to be set up by Christ,
coming in ALL POWER and GLORY, lo bring us world peace, abun–
dance, happiness and joy.
The purpose of the Christian life is lo lrain fulure KINGS lo
rule with and under Christ. How then, does one become a Chris–
tian? When? And WHY is salvation a PROCESS, as well as an inilial
phase when he becomes a Christian inslantaneously?
Here is the PLAIN TRUTH you need lo know.
Real Repentance
1 repeat: "A Christian [a lruly converled person] is one who has
received, and in whose mind dwells the Holy Spirit ofGod."
But how does one receive lhe Spirit of God?
On the day the Church of God was starled, lhe Aposlle Peter
said, "Repent, and be baptized ... in the name of Jesus Chrisl for
the remission of sins, and ye shall receive lhe gift of the Holy
[Spirit]" (Acts 2:38).
Repent of what? Of sin. And what is sin? "Sin is lhe lrans–
gression of the law" (1 John 3:4). What law? The law that the car–
nal mind, hostile to God, is not subjecl lo - the Law of God
(Rom. 8:7). Again, we read of"the Holy [Spiril], whom God hath
given to them that obey him" (Acts 5:32).
These are the two
conditions
lo receiving God's GIFT of lhe
Holy Spirit:
repentance
and
faith.
Being baplized is lhe oulward
manifestation of lhe inner faith in Christ. Repenlance is nol
merely being sorry for something one has done - or even many
such sins.
lt
is a real repentance of what one
is
and
has been
- of
his whole pasl attitude and life apart from God.
lt
is a total
change
of mind and heart and direction of life.
lt
is a
change
to a new
w
AYOF LIFE.
lt
is a turning from lhe self-cenlered way of vanily,