The Word That Opens Heaven (10 Of 15) by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Greatest Words in the Bible and in Human Speech
The Word That Opens Heaven (10 of 15)
Clarence E. Macartney
Luke 13:3

What is the word that opens heaven? What is the word
that no one can pronounce without the Holy Spirit?
What is the word that brings a sinner back from the
far country to his father's house? What is the word
that guardian angels like to hear on our lips? What is
the word which when pronounced by man strikes an
immediate chord of answering joy in heaven? What is
the word that Job used after God answered him out of
the whirlwind?

What is the word with which Jesus began to preach?
What is the word with which Peter addressed the
multitudes on the day of Pentecost? What is the word
that David spoke when the prophet Nathan rebuked him
for his hideous transgression? What is the word that
Manasseli, the aged and wicked king of Judah, spoke in
captivity? What is the word that Peter uttered when he
went out into the night and wept bitterly? What is the
word that opened the gates of Paradise to the dying
thief? What is the word which is timely and
appropriate on the lips of the ripened saint, as well
as on the lips of the most hardened sinner? What is
the word which cannot be spoken in hell, and which no
one in heaven ever needs to use? That word is repent!
"Except ye repent"-Luke 13:3.

Repentance is a word which rings through every part of
the Bible, from beginning to end. It was the burden of
the preaching of the prophets, the apostles, and of
Christ Himself. Repentance sums up the Gospel, for
after He had risen from the dead Christ told His
disciples to go forth and preach repentance and the
remission of sins through His name. Repentance is the
word that opens heaven, for only a forgiven sinner can
enter heaven, and only a sinner who repents can be
forgiven.

The examples of repentance illuminate the pages of the
Bible. They afford us the Bible's most moving and
inspiring sc ...


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