Acts 3;19-21 – Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.

This is part of Peter’s sermon after the healing of the man who had spent his life paralyzed at the gate called Beautiful at the entrance of the temple in Jerusalem. Thousands of people came to Christ as the result of this public healing and the powerful Holy Ghost preaching of the Apostle Peter. Peter pretty much summed up what the Lord was doing in these last days. You could melt it all down to these three words: REPENT – REFRESH – RESTORE.

Repentance is a powerful beginning to the Christian faith for each of us. Repentance is not an act of our will to stop doing things that we know are wrong, it is a supernatural enabling that comes to us from God. The Holy Spirit reveals Christ to us, He exposes the wickedness of our heart, washes us from our sins, and puts a new Spirit within us that lives and loves differently. This is the work of repentance.

The next word is refresh. This word literally means recovery from the effects of heat. The refreshing wind of the Holy Spirit fills our lives with a freshness and a new love for the things of His kingdom. The Holy Spirit refreshes us again and again as we look to Him.

The third word in this passage is restore. We have no idea how much all of creation and the creatures in it were effected by the fall of man and the fall of Lucifer. I often wonder if before the fall of man and the fall of satan if all of the universe was not a vast waste, but actually habitable and beautiful. Not only the universe but all of mankind was also effected. His nature was damaged and man was separated from God. It is the work of Christ and the Holy Spirit that brings us back to God. This is where restoration takes place. It begins in our lives at the new birth and continues as we drink of the Spirit in our day to day lives. At the end of the age, not only will man be totally restored: spirit, soul, and body, all of creation will also be made new- a new heaven and a new earth; all the result of the death of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit

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