Repentance

Posted on January 15, 2021

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Repentance

  1. Introduction
    1. Throughout the bible, God exhorts people to repent. We hear John the Baptist, and later Jesus saying “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Jesus says that he calls sinners, not the righteous to repentance. We see this word a lot in scripture, but what is it? Why do we need it? Is it essential for salvation? Did the disciples or Jesus repent? We’ll talk about these subjects and more as we dive into this important part of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

  1. What is Repentance?
    1. to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life
    2. to change one’s mind
    3. to feel sorrow, regret, or contrition for sin

 

  1. Why do we Need it?
    1. Matthew 4:17: From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Jesus said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The purpose, or goal, of repentance is to be able to embrace the reality of life in the kingdom.
    2. Colossians 1:13-14: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: We were not just rescued out of something, but we were also brought into something. Coming out of darkness and coming into the light requires a total change in our thinking
    3. John 8:31-32: Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. It is this positive, truth-based mentality that produces freedom, health and wholeness in your life. It is what will empower you to live life from the position of sonship that salvation places you in.

 

  1. Is Repentance Essential for Salvation?
    1. Jesus called sinners to repentance: Luke 5:32: came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
    2. Jesus told His Disciples to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins in His Name. Luke 24:47: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
    3. When the apostles preached in Acts, they called people to repent of their sins in order to be saved. We see this in several places including Acts 3:19: Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
    4. Paul makes it clear that those who continually live in sin will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10:Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

 

  1. How does the Bible Dictionary define Repentance?
    1. The Holman Bible Dictionary says repentance is A feeling of regret, a changing of the mind, or a turning from sin to God. As a feeling of regret the term can apply even to God. In the days preceding the flood, God was sorry that He had created the human race (Genesis 6:6-7 ). He later regretted that he had made Saul the king over Israel (1Samuel 15:11,1 Samuel 15:35 ). God also repented in the sense of changing His mind (Exodus 32:14 ).
    2. Most occurrences of the term in the Bible, however, do not refer to God but to people. These also do not indicate mere regret or a change of mind; they mean a reorientation of the sinner to God.

 

  1. Did the Disciples Repent?
    1. One of the definitions of repentance is feeling sorrow or regret for sin. The disciples were human beings who dealt with sin. One example of the disciples’ repentance is when Peter had denied the Lord. Luke 22:59-62: And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
    2. Peter was restored and after Jesus’ Resurrection, was used mightily to lead thousands to faith in Jesus.
  2. Did Jesus Repent?
    1. Jesus was without sin He was the pure, spotless Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world. Because He had no sin, he had no need to repent as we do. Hebrews 4:15: For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 

  1. What would be the best remedy for our Christian walk in regards to repentance?
    1. As we live for Christ, the Holy Spirit continues to reveal sin in our lives that we are to confess and repent of. 1 John 1:9-10: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
    2. Though we are saved, the sinful nature is not automatically removed, but we are transformed to be more and more like Christ as we read His Word and pray. Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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