When Jonah entered Nineveh, he didn’t offer them an escape, he didn’t say ‘God just wants to love you,’ or ‘Just turn to the Lord,’ or even, ‘Repent and God will not destroy this city.” He didn’t even use the word “Repent.” He didn’t offer an “if.” God told him to go to Nineveh and “cry against it” (Jonah 1:2) because “their wickedness is come up before me” (Jonah 1:2). He was told to go to Nineveh and “Preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee” (Jonah 3:2), which was simply and only, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown,” (Jonah 3:4). AND ..

THE PEOPLE REPENTED. They repented of their own accord. They “believed God and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them,” (Jonah 3:5). The king himself got up and put aside his royal robe and proclaimed a fast saying, “Let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?” (Jonah 3:8-9)

“And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.” (Jonah 3:10)

We know that their repentance was in truth and altogether real – it was not for a moment or a day or a season or just long enough to bring God to repent of the destruction that he had determined upon them. Jesus witnessed of the repentance of that people: “The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here,” (Matthew 12:41).

Of the day in which we live, it was said: “The light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound,” (Isaiah 30:26). “Believe God” and repent unto life.

“To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts,” (Hebrews 4:7).

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“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” ~ Ephesians 2:10

God “ordained,” that is, he “prepared beforehand” that his children should walk in “ergois agathois,” good works! Good works are the fruit of redemption, not the reason for it!!

“It appears that all is of grace, because all our spiritual advantages are from God. We are his workmanship; he means in respect of the new creation; not only as men, but as saints. The new man is a new creature; and God is its Creator. The apostle having before ascribed this change to divine grace in exclusion of works .. observes that .. God, in his new creation, has designed and prepared us for good works: Created unto good works, with a design that we should be fruitful in them. Wherever God by his grace implants good principles, they are intended to be for good works. Which God hath before ordained, that is, decreed and appointed. Or, the words may be read, To which God hath before prepared us, that is, by blessing us with the knowledge of his will, and with the assistance of his Holy Spirit; and by producing such a change in us. That we should walk in them, or glorify God by an exemplary conversation and by our perseverance in holiness.” ~ Matthew Henry

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“In 1526, Bishop Tonstal [made] a special prohibition against the New Testament in English [Tindale] which, he asserted, contained ‘pernicious poison.’ He consulted a merchant of London how he might get these Testaments & burn them. The Bishop then thought all was safe but the printers in Holland, finding the books eagerly sought, printed another edition that came over in greater numbers than before.” ~ The Lollards

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Isaiah did not send you to a bath .. to wash away .. sins, which not even all the water of the sea were sufficient to purge; but, as might have been expected, this was that saving bath of the olden time which followed those who repented, & who no longer were purified by the blood of goats and of sheep, or by the ashes of an heifer, or by the offerings of fine flour, but by faith through the blood of Christ ..

By reason, therefore, of this laver of repentance and knowledge of God, which has been ordained on account of the transgression of God’s people, as Isaiah cries, we have believed, and testify that that very baptism which he announced is alone able to purify those who have repented; and this is the water of life. But the cisterns which you have dug for yourselves are broken and profitless to you. For what is the use of that baptism which cleanses the flesh and body alone? Baptize the soul from wrath and from covetousness, from envy, and from hatred; and, lo! the body is pure. For this is the symbolic significance of unleavened bread, that you do not commit the old deeds of wicked leaven. But you have understood all things in a carnal sense .. Let the wicked forsake his ways, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, & he will obtain mercy, because He will abundantly pardon your sins. … What need, then, have I of circumcision, who have been witnessed to by God? What need have I of that other baptism, who have been baptized with the Holy Spirit?” ~ Justin Martyr (110-165ad), an excerpt from “Dialogue with Trypho” Read a quote each day: Quote of the Day

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The covenant of grace was this: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new Spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26 We must each look into our own hearts & discover the reality of this or, lacking this reality within, we must seek God: “if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” Deu 4:29.

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“There are many that will much marvel and count it a great presumption, that I, being so young and of so small learning, dare attempt to dispute this matter … Notwithstanding, I will desire them patiently to hear mine answer, not advertising who speaketh the words, but rather what is said. And as concerning mine youth, let them remember what Paul monisheth 1 Timothy 4 willing that Timotheus should instruct the congregation, and that no man should despise his youth; for as the Spirit of God is bound to no place, even so is he not addicted to any age or person, but inspireth when he will and where he will, making the young to see visions and espy the truth, and the elders to dream dreams .. And as touching my learning, I must needs acknowledge .. that it is very small, nevertheless that little .. have I determined by God’s grace, to bestow to the edifying of Christ’s congregation, which I pray God to increase in the knowledge of his word.

I would not that any man should admit my words or learning, except they will stand with the Scripture, and be approved thereby. Lay to the touchstone, and try them with God’s Word. If they be found false and counterfeit, then damn them, and I shall also revoke them with all mine heart; but if the Scripture allow them, that you cannot deny but it so is, then resist not the doctrine of God, but acknowledge your ignorance and seduction, and return gladly into the right way; for if you cannot improve it by God’s Word, and yet of an hate and malicious mind that you bear to the truth, labour to resist it, and condemn that it should not spread, I insure you your sin is irremissible, and even against the Holy Ghost.”  ~ John Frith

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“Lightfoot says: ‘I have heard it more than once and again, from the Sheriffs who took all the Gunpowder plotters, and brought them up to London, that every night when they came to their lodging by the way, they had their music and dancing a good part of the night. One would think it strange that men in their case should be so merry.’ More marvellous still is it that those between whom and death there is but a step, should sport away their time as if they should live on for ages. Though the place of torment is within a short march of all unregenerate men, yet see how they make mirth, grinning and jesting between the jaws of hell!” ~ Charles H Spurgeon

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