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Facts about Repentance
<><><>#1. Repentance is a change of mind and behavior.
To repent means to change, or have a change of mind. The two basics of repentance are "to turn from evil and to turn to the good." or simply turning away from evil. If apostasy is shown, one turns away from God, and the idea there is returning to God. If it is chronic unbelief, it means a change in what you think of Christ, and you admit that He is Who He says He is, and has done what He what God’s Word says He has done.
Repentance is a change of mind which leads to a change of attitude and mental perspective, which results in a change in our behavior. Repentance is turning away from the way of life that is contrary to God’s law, and turning to the way of life that is defined by God’s law. We are to obey the laws that Jesus gave us.
Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV)http://www.godcannotlie.org/matthew_ch22.htm
Do you see what verse 40 states? These two commandments summarize the entire Mosaic Law and all the Prophets. IF we love God with all our heart, soul and mind . . . and love our neighbor as ourselves, we will NEVER do any harm to anyone. Mark 12:29 adds with all thy strength.
<><><>#2. The call to repentance is at the heart of the Kingdom message.
Jesus spoke on many important subjects in His famous “Sermon on the Mount” showing us Truths about the Kingdom of God through many parables. Yet, it is very interesting, Matthew summarizes Jesus’ preaching ministry with a single statement: Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (KJV) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/matthew_ch4.html
Any and all that Jesus taught relates to repentance and the Kingdom of Heaven in one way or another. The good news (Gospel) of the Kingdom is a message of repentance.
<><><>#3. The message of repentance is very important to the great commission.
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/matthew_ch28.htm
Jesus the Son, has all authority . . . in Heaven and Earth. He received that authority from His Father, and exercises His authority on Earth through the ministries of Spirit-filled disciples.
Even though Jesus is now absent in the Body, His work continues through His TRUE disciples. Dear one, Jesus is spiritually present with them and through them. Jesus is still calling for repentance in preparation for the Kingdom of God. Are we obeying the Great Commission that our precious Lord commanded?
<><><>#4. God commands repentance.
Some cults believe that salvation is totally a matter of God’s sovereign will, and that man has no say in it. Although God commands ALL to repent, and punishes those who do not . . . in the end casting them into a lake of fire, only those select few conditioned by divine grace will repent. This is NOT what the Word of God teaches! This is a FALSE teaching, a damnable heresy (2 Pet.2:1). God’s desire is that NO one should perish in the depths of Hell.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/2_peter_ch3.htm
Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/book_of_titus_ch2.htm
I believe that the Holy Spirit works constantly in this evil world, nudging the stubborn ones to give in to God’s command of repentance, but there are very few who really want to listen to anything that God has to say . . . NOT in the old days and NOT today!
Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. (KJV)
Acts 7:39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, (KJV)
Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. (KJV)
God’s command is to ALL people to repent, and this command demands a response. Those who have ears to hear the command have a choice set before them: they can obey God by repenting of their sins and accepting His provisions and conditions, or they can refuse to obey Him and go on living life the way they want to, and in doing so, they resist the only thing that can save them from eternal lake of fire.
Deut. 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: (KJV) . . . God gives us the same choice that He gave to Israel . . . today, IF you hear God’s call to repentance, you have the same choice as Israel did long ago. Choose life! Do NOT resist nor reject the amazing grace of God!
<><><>#5. Repentance is a gift of God.
God does NOT force anyone to repent; He gives everyone the chance to repent.
Acts 5:31-32 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. (KJV)
Jesus at God's right Hand (Mk.16:19; Lu.22:69; Ac.2:33; 5:30-31; 7:55-56; Rom.8:34; Col.3:1; Heb.1:3; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2; 1 Pet.3:22). That is recorded no less than 12 times!
God the Father, through His Spirit, makes a person aware of both sin and righteousness, therefore enabling the person to hear the command to repent. Jesus promised that after He departed, the Holy Spirit would come and convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.
John 16:8-11 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. (KJV) . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/john_commentary_ch16.html
This is one of the most profound Passages in the deep and intense discourses of Christ. With just a few words, He describes all and every part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the world! Christ Jesus reveals His function and course of action with reference to a single individual, as well as the mass . . . on believers and unbelievers alike.
<><><>#6. Repentance is the fruit of Godly sorrow.
2 Cor. 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. (KJV)
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (KJV)
http://www.godcannotlie.org/matthew_ch5.html . . . Godly sorrow is in perfect agreement with God. The Gospel is COMMANDED by Him, and should be obeyed, for Godly sorrow means we have deep regret for our own sins, because our sins bring on God's wrath and His hot displeasure for sin. BEWARE!!!
Psalm 2:5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. (KJV) . . . We do NOT want to anger God. We cannot win!
Psalm 6:1 O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. (KJV) . . . This is repeated, almost word for word in Psalm 38:1.
When we have Godly sorrow, the amazing grace of God works in our soul, touching our heart and soul by His Spirit.
Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (KJV)
http://www.godcannotlie.org/1_cor_ch8.htm . . . The Holy Spirit who searches our hearts and souls, making intercession to God on our behalf, and the enemy (Satan) cannot and will not win! Praise God!
2 Cor. 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/2_cor_ch.3.html The Holy Spirit produces an effect in our hearts and changes are made, and our lives reveal the change. This is what happens when salvation takes place in our lives.
Godly sorrow is NOT repentance, but it PRODUCES the change of heart and life which IS repentance. Godly sorrow is permanent and abiding, and results in eternal salvation.
1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (KJV) . . . . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/first_john_ch1.htm . . . TRUE repentance is confession of what we have done in disobedience to God. Sad to say, our confession is most often limited by what we are willing to admit. Unless confession is sincere and heartfelt, we try to pretend that our past sinful actions were prompted by good intentions. Confession means being completely honest with ourself, and with God. It means admitting and making up our mind to never again do it again. We must follow David’s example.
Psalm 51:1-4 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. (KJV) . . . Unless our sorrow for sin is sincere, our prayer will not even be heard!
<><><>#7. Repentance is the fruit of God’s goodness.
God’s goodness is shown in His patience with us. His desire is that we come to repentance, and He patiently gives us every chance to do this. I truly believe that everyone is born for the purpose of becoming a child of God. God wants to bring us into His family.
1 John 3:1-3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (KJV)
http://www.godcannotlie.org/first_john_ch3.htm . . . Our hope is knowledge of God’s plan for each of us . . . that prompts us to purify ourselves, by turning to God in passionate repentance and surrender our lives completely to Him. So . . . TRUE repentance is not only a product of Godly sorrow; it is also a product of God’s goodness as we feel His wonderful influence in our lives.
<><><>#8. Repentance is necessary for salvation.
Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (KJV) . . . Jesus’ Words! . . . . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/luke_ch13.htm . . . Repent or perish! This is the choice each of us must face. Peter’s statement carries the same message: Those who do not ultimately come to repentance will surely perish.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/2_peter_ch3.htm . . . And . . . it is the message of the prophet Ezekiel that God sent to Israel:
Ezekiel 18:30-32 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. (KJV) . . . Here, God is speaking to the people of Israel in terms expressed in the Sinai Covenant, but the standard of repent or perish is universal, and emphasizes the importance of our cooperation with God (repentance) in the salvation process.
<><><>#9. Repentance cannot be separated from saving faith.
Are there different kinds of faith” YES, there are! . . . . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/saving_faith.htm
<><><>#10. Repentance begins with initial conversion, but keeps on keeping on!
Is repentance a one-time thing? There is an initial repentance, but it is important to understand that repentance is also a process.
1 Cor. 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/1_cor_ch11.htm . . . IF we would only stand back and really look at ourselves, examine ourselves thoroughly, and correct what is wrong before Judgment Day, we would not be judged by God in this way. If we judge ourselves, God will NOT have to! If we do NOT judge ourselves, then be assured that He shall judge us. Repentance is a life-long process that is experienced by paying attention to the nudging of the Holy Spirit, which always directs us along the path established by God’s law . . . BUT . . . it is dulled through neglecting the Spirit’s convicting Presence. 1 Thes. 5:19 Quench not the Spirit. (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/1_thes_ch5.htm
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