Many do an evil thing with daring, yet cannot bear to hear of it afterward, or to have it charged upon them. We cannot expect to be redeemed and healed by Christ, unless we give up ourselves to be ruled by Him.
Faith takes the Savior in all his offices, who come, not to save us in our sins, but to save us from our sins – Hebrews 11: 1 “… is the assurance ( the confirmation, title-deed ) of the things ( we ) do not see and the conviction of their reality ( faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses ) “
Had Christ been exalted to give dominion to Israel, the Chief priests would have welcomed Him. But repentance and remission of sins are blessing they neither valued nor saw their need of; therefore they, by no mean, admitted his doctrine.
wherever repentance is wrought, remission is granted without fail. None are freed from the guilt and punishment of sin, but those who are freed from the power and dominion of sin, who are turned from it, and turned against it – Romans 6: 14 ” For sin shall not ( any longer ) exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law ( as slaves ), but under grace ( as subjects of God’s favor and mercy.) ”
Christ gives repentance, by his Spirit working with the Word, to awaken the conscience, to work, sorrow for sin, and effectual change in the heart and life.
The gift of the Holy Spirit, is plain evidence that it is the will of God that Christ. Should be obeyed – Acts 5: 29 ” Then Peter and the apostles replied, We must obey God rather than men. “. We ought to obey God rather than men, this is said in answer to the charge of disobedience to the orders and commands of the council: men, civil, magistrates, and ecclesiastical rulers, are to be obeyed in things which are not repugnant to the will of God; but in things that are God is to be obeyed: – Matthew 22: 21 ” …Then He said to them, pay therefore to Caesar the things that are due to Caesar, and pay to God the things that are due to God. “; and not men. God had commanded by an angel, that the Apostles should go to the temple, and there preach the doctrines of Gospel. The Council had forbidden them to speak and teach in the Name of Christ. The living & Glorious God, who were now to be obeyed?
God, and not men; and which is no ways contrary to that obedience and submission, that is to be yielded to those that are in authority, in things civil and lawful