The book of Acts chapter 11 informs us that Peter had to defend his ministry before the other apostles when they learned that a centurion and those who were in his house had received the word of God through him. It was not lawful for a jew at that time even to have fellowship with the Gentiles (none Jew), although God instructed Peter that nothing should hinder him to go into the house of the centurion’s house. Take in mind that at that time the Holy Ghost had not yet fallen upon any Gentile.
Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Acts 10:28
When Peter had returned to Jerusalem, with much rehearsal, Peter expounded to all that came to debate him on the matter, and in his conclusion, he said the following:
Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. Acts 11:15-18
Peter’s defense was undisputable due to the works that were done in the hearts of the centurion and those of his house, for both Peter and the other apostles knew the following: a man preaches, but genuine conviction of the Word of God, complete repentance of the heart and baptism of the Holy Ghost all these three are the works of God alone and not from men. Even Peter in his explanation said, “What was I, that I Could withstand God?”. Again is written:
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. Acts 5:30-31
Repentance is when one’s purpose and mind is entirely renewed and untouched as new and that the Lord can fill His intention and purpose in the life of the person. God fills where there’s been emptied for when we are full of ourselves God finds no interest in that.
When Paul expounded to the church that was in Corinth (1 Corinthians 2) the heavenly wisdom that contains eternal life, he wrote:
…But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16
The mind of Christ cannot be applied where God has not granted repentance unto life, for it’s that repentance that empties a man from all his filthiness and that he may be filled with the holiness of God. Here’s why according to the holy scriptures we cannot come to the repentance that leads to salvation by ourselves:
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. Proverbs 21:2
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes… Proverbs 16:2
There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. Proverbs 30:12
If then we are not washed from our filthiness by our righteousness shall we continue in this vain confidence and hope of salvation or should we not seek for that repentance of the heart that comes from our Lord Jesus Christ which is with a promise of eternal life?
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