11 NOVEMBER 2018   GODLY SORROW Godly sorrow would be inspired sorrow and an awaking to something we did not know about. We can read about a coming sorrow like this in Zechariah 12:10: “And I will pour out on the house of  David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they  look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only  child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.”   Peter’s audience at his sermon on Pentecost was filled with many Jews as well as a lot of others.  The specific verse we want to look at is Acts 2:37. Before this, Peter is telling the crowd how Jesus  fulfilled Old Testament scriptures and that Jesus was the Lord and Christ they had crucified. Peter  is very effectively using the Gospel keys that were entrusted into his preaching, opening up the  message of salvation to his listeners. The keys bound them to the terrible fact that they crucified  Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in the heart. Now they were sorry for  crucifying Jesus. According to the law, they would need to be stoned. This brought them to a very  serious question: "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Then Peter has some very good  instructions for them: Repent. Peter is not asking for some kind of self-qualification here; for they  were already sorry for their sin. Peter is telling them to reflect on what he had just been telling  them. That is what repent means in a lot of places: "a change of mind on what it is seeing and  hearing." Peter had just introduced a new way of dealing with sins. "Whosoever shall call upon the  name of the Lord shall be saved." Peter tells them this earlier in verse 21. All those who made a  confession of Jesus Christ in their baptism received remission of sins and the gift of the Holy  Ghost. The main thought of this writing is Godly sorrow. It does not matter how good someone has been. Every soul that is born into this world is born into eternal death without hope. This is the main sin and curse that Jesus took upon Him when He  went to the cross. God sent His Son to reconcile Himself with His fallen creatures and to take away  the curse, the eternal curse that He pronounced upon all of us His fallen creatures. Is there not  something lacking in our Christian life if we are not inspired with a godly sorrow, that pricking in  the heart, that sin nature, that exceeding sinfulness that is born within us by the fall of Adam. God  has put the word of recon-ciliation within us that we may know Him and the power of His  resurrection. We are all guilty of the blood of Christ. It was our sin of death that took His life. This is why He  was made death for us. If we fall away from this fact and live according to our own free will again,  we become willful sinners again. and there remains no more sacrifice for sin. We also again  become guilty of the blood of Christ.  Godly sorrow brings joyful Christian living and thankfulness for our salvation and a penitent  heart that is soft and pliable, for we are not our own anymore having been bought with a price, 1  Corinthians 6:20, and as it says earlier in 1 Corinthians 6:10 we were "as having nothing, yet  possessing all things." And all through Christ. "Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection." We now have free access to God  through the throne of grace. Justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus  Christ. Courtesy the “Messenger of Truth” Gospel Publishers Moundridge Kansas  
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