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New Testament passages using the term "Repent"
« on: June 09, 2013, 02:40:31 AM »
The purpose of this thread

This thread intends to examine the New Testament's usage of the term "Repent." We should look for the relationship of "Repent" with other terms such as "Grace" and "salvation."

Further, is repentance a human work or effort, or is it a free gift from God which I accept and respond to?

Can I look to my repentance and use it as an accomplishment towards my salvation?

But, mainly, this thread is for the purpose of getting the Biblical passages of "Repent" posted for the record and for related discussions.

May God bless our seeking of His Word...


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Re: New Testament passages using the term "Repent"
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2013, 02:50:57 AM »
"Repent" in the New Testament

Strong's Number G3340 matches the Greek μετανοέω (metanoeō), which occurs 36 times in 32 verses in the Greek concordance of the KJV

Source: The Blue Letter Bible
http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3340&t=KJV
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Re: New Testament passages using the term "Repent"
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2013, 07:04:51 AM »
   Jesus said, "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:5).
When Jesus began His public ministry, the first word out of His mouth was "Repent."   "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4:17).
When John the Baptist began his public ministry, the first word out of his mouth was "Repent." "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 3:1-2)
When the Lord sent the disciples out two-by-two, they preached to the people, "Repent." "And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two... And they went out, and preached that men should repent." (Mark 6:7, 12)
When Peter was preaching on the Day of Pentecost, and when the people responded to him by asking him what they should do (to be saved), the first word out of his mouth was "Repent." "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

Peter was used of God to heal a lame man, and then he used the opportunity to preach to the crowd. When it came to the point of telling them what to do to be saved, the first word was "Repent." "But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. 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." (Acts 3:18-19)

When Paul was preaching on Mars Hill to the crowd, and got to the point of telling them how to be saved, he first told them to "Repent." "Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent." (Acts 17:29-30)

Repentance is not works unto righteousness. Repentance is a heart attitude that is brought about by godly sorrow over our sin. 2 Corinthians 7:10 says, "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death." Repentance is the desire to turn to God while believing what He says, and He says Jesus is Lord, so we can be cleansed by the pure, precious blood of Jesus Christ. It is a heart that is ready to listen and obey God. We place that heart of repentance on Jesus and we will be saved.

The person who is repenting is ready to get right with God no matter what it will cost them as they are broken and coming with a contrite heart. A gospel message that does not include repentance (turning to God) is not a true gospel message. There are many false gospel messages going forth today by churches and individuals that tell the lost that they do not have to turn to God to be saved. They tell people, "God will accept you just the way that you are." That is a statement like Satan made in the Garden of Eden to Eve, that has some truth in it, and some lies in it — thus making it all a lie.

The truth is that we cannot clean up ourselves and make ourselves acceptable to God. In that sense, we can only come to God "as we are" but at the same time we are not coming with the mind-set that we can continue to be as we are. Romans 5:8 says, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." God's standard is absolute holiness. Matthew 5:48 says, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." We have all come far short of that standard. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." So we cannot make ourselves acceptable to God, because we are vile sinners with nothing to offer to pay for that sin (only pure, sinless blood could do that, and we were born in sin).

Secondly, the false part of that statement is saying that we can come to God with the attitude, "Well, God, if you will accept me the way that I am, and not expect me to change, then, sure, I will receive Jesus as my Savior." That is a false gospel, and that is exactly what is being told to a multitude of people out there today. That is not yielding to (believing) God. That is trying to make God yield to man and come down to His level. Salvation comes about when we humbly yield (trust, faith,) to God. Matthew 18:3-4 says, "And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
 
What did Jesus do when dealing with a lost soul? Did He say, "Come to Me as you are. You do not have to want to be changed. I will accept you just the way that you are."? That is not what Jesus did when talking to a lost soul. John 4:9-18 says, "Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.

The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly."

 What did Jesus do here? The woman said that she wanted Jesus' living water. Did Jesus say, "Okay, then, repeat this prayer after me..."? No, Jesus asked her to go call her husband. Jesus knew full well that she had no husband. Jesus knew full well that she had been married and divorced 5 times, and that she was now just living with a man. Why did Jesus seem to ruin everything by bringing up this woman's sin?

Remember what Jesus said? Jesus said, "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3).  True salvation only comes when we admit our wretched, sinful condition, and desire that God would cleanse us and give us a new life serving Him.
 
Contemporary churches today are advertising, "Come as you are! Casual atmosphere!" That is a "Burger King" type of Christianity that is saying, "Have it your way!" No one is ever saved by "Have it your way!" That is not humility and repentance -- that is pride and arrogance before Almighty God. Isaiah 57:15 says, "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones."

The rich man in hell understood that repentance is necessary to salvation and heaven. Luke 16:19-31 says, "There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead."
 
The Bible is clear -- if there is no repentance, there is no salvation. Jesus said, "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3)
Repentance is for all people for all times, not just the Jew and not just for time past. Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Repentance is not summed up in what we are turning from, but Who we are turning too. The soul that is repenting is ready to get right with God by turning to Him in spirit with the command to place that heart on Jesus who paid and died for our sin which is faith. Repentance is a state in which we enter into and never leave. True biblical repentance/faith brings good fruit (the turning from sin) which proves that salvation has taken place.

People who have come to repentance/faith are those who are commandment keepers.
1John 2:3 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.



Any person claiming that repentance (turning to God, a change of mind toward God) is not needed for salvation is a false teacher and looking at being accursed.
« Last Edit: June 09, 2013, 10:44:25 AM by saved »
Isaiah 48:18,Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

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New Testament passages using the term "Repent"
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2013, 01:12:54 PM »
Biblical repentance is often confused with changing your behavior, turning from your sins, or offering self sacrificial penance or confession. All of these wrong definitions of repentance lead to a diminished view of what Christ accomplished and provides freely by his death and resurrection. Learn the meaning of biblical repentance as a change of mind and how your mind has changed about how your sins are dealt with as a result of the gospel of the grace of God.
"...to make all men see"(Ephesians 3:9)

We don't change God's message -- His message changes us.

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Re: New Testament passages using the term "Repent"
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2013, 01:53:02 PM »
Biblical repentance is often confused with changing your behavior, turning from your sins, or offering self sacrificial penance or confession. All of these wrong definitions of repentance lead to a diminished view of what Christ accomplished and provides freely by his death and resurrection. Learn the meaning of biblical repentance as a change of mind and how your mind has changed about how your sins are dealt with as a result of the gospel of the grace of God.

That is just more of your false teaching. According to the bible, Acts 20:21 repentance is toward God.
Isaiah 48:18,Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2013, 05:01:52 PM »
Paul describes how when we see our own sinfulness in light of God’s justice, we also develop a godly sorrow which ‘worketh towards repentance to salvation’ (2 Cor 7:10). When we see our own incapability and rejection of God’s righteousness, we feel sorrow towards our sin and regret towards our behavior. This godly sorrow brings forth a change of mind and attitude towards God.

Today the proper response after repentance from sin is faith in Jesus Christ and his sacrifice. Through this faith as a result of godly sorrow and repentance we gain salvation by the grace of God.

In the time of John the Baptist and Peter the proper response to repentance was getting ready for the coming kingdom through baptism both by water and subsequently by the Holy Ghost. Thus, Jesus preaches ‘Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ While both John and Peter both preach ‘Repent and be baptized.’

In any age, repentance from sin describes the change of mind and attitude with grief towards our behavior.

"...to make all men see"(Ephesians 3:9)

We don't change God's message -- His message changes us.

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Re: New Testament passages using the term "Repent"
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2013, 06:11:36 PM »
Saved,

I can't see the difference between what you have posted and what Crusader has posted. What is the difference between your views?

Don

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Re: New Testament passages using the term "Repent"
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2013, 06:32:21 PM »
Saved,

I can't see the difference between what you have posted and what Crusader has posted. What is the difference between your views?

Don

Then I can only assume that you have not read what I wrote and what he has written. He thinks repentance is believing that Jesus died for our sins from not believing that. In other word he believes that faith is an intellectual assent or believing in believing.  He does not believe that one has to repent toward God. He has stated in other posts where it states in acts to repent that it does not apply for today. You might want to read all his posts.
« Last Edit: June 09, 2013, 06:42:21 PM by saved »
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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2013, 07:27:58 PM »


Works filled repentance is one the most difficult self-righteous works to lay at the cross. It seems so humble, pious, and just for us to try to pay for our own sins with self-inflicted grief, pain, and remorse. The work of confession and penance is a practice that dies hard among the religious minded.

However, by His grace, God suffered and died on the behalf of sinners, so that all of our sins are paid for, forgiven, removed from our account, and will never be imputed to us again (2 Cor 5:19-21).


“Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” – Romans 4:7-8

No penitent works, turning-from-your sins work, self sacrificial works, religious works, confessional works can forgive a single sin in your life.

Only by faith, and by faith only, in the finished work of Calvary’s cross can we receive forgiveness and imputed righteousness by God’s grace.


“ But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” – Romans 4:5

Change your mind about your works based repentance and believe the gospel!
"...to make all men see"(Ephesians 3:9)

We don't change God's message -- His message changes us.

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Re: New Testament passages using the term "Repent"
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2013, 08:43:20 PM »
Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

No repentance no faith, no faith no salvation.
Isaiah 48:18,Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

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Re: New Testament passages using the term "Repent"
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2013, 08:54:11 PM »
Saved,

I can't see the difference between what you have posted and what Crusader has posted. What is the difference between your views?

Don

LOL, they both post similar things, but "Saved" tends to be more judgmental and will declare anyone who disagrees with him to be in scriptural error. Here's an example:

I believe what the bible says unlike you.

And here:

I would say it shows your standard blasphemy and mockery that you have toward God's word. You do not obey much else the scripture talks about.

Et al.  :o

"So then, stand firm and hold to the traditions :o which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

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« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2013, 12:25:55 PM »


The confusion begins with a wrong definition of the word “repent”, which does not mean to “turn from your sins”, or to “stop sinning”, or “promise to live a better life”. Repent simply means a change of mind.

This is what it meant when the prophets told Israel to change their mind and hearts about disobeying the law, else God’s wrath would be invoked.

This is what it meant when John, Jesus, and Peter charged Israel to change their mind about the coming of the Lord. While they were living in sin thinking the end would not come, they were told of the “last days” and the coming of the Lord to set up his kingdom.

This is what it meant when Paul exhorted his brethren to change their mind about Jesus, and to the Gentiles to change their mind about sin and “dumb idols”.

The admonition to “repent and turn to God” is an appropriate message since the beginning of the world. All men are called to change their mind about their own sin and turn their mind and hearts to God.

Every gospel message includes this generic teaching.

However, what is conspicuous by its absence is the will of God in the present dispensation. That is, the preaching of the cross for salvation is missing from this verse. Paul leaves it out in his apt defense unto a Hebrew-friendly king and Jewish prosecutors.
"...to make all men see"(Ephesians 3:9)

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Re: New Testament passages using the term "Repent"
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2013, 08:35:41 PM »
Please... why don't the 2 of you carry this on in private. No one really wishes to read the same content over and over and over again upteen different threads.

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Re: New Testament passages using the term "Repent"
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2013, 09:08:17 PM »
Please... why don't the 2 of you carry this on in private. No one really wishes to read the same content over and over and over again upteen different threads.

Zaph this is going to be difficult to understand so please pay close attention. . DON'T READ THE POSTS! DUH!
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Re: New Testament passages using the term "Repent"
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2013, 09:24:18 PM »
That is very hard to do since I don't know what they say until I click on the thread.

Also.. I would not be saying anything if it was contained to one or two discussions. But it's the same thing in almost every discussion.

Although I don't know exactly why some of the threads have been locked I can make a good educated guess.

 

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