By Pastor Paul Millermon
03 September 2000
- Definition of repentance.
- The Greek word in the New Testament for repentance is metanoia.
- The first part of the word is meta = after.
- The second part of the word comes from noeo = to perceive.
- To perceive afterwards = a change of mind.
- To repent is to change your mind. After we are faced with the facts and change our mind - we have repented.
- Repentance is a basic fundamental of the Christian life.
Hebrews 6:1 says "Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on
to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God."
Repentance and faith are what is involved when we come to Christ for salvation and our Christian
experience begins. What is repentance all about?
- Repentance was part of Christís message.
- Matthew 4:17 "Jesus began to preach, and to say repent; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
- Mark 2:17 "When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, they that are whole have no need of a
physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
- Mark 6:12 "They went out and preached that men should repent."
- Luke 13:3-5 "I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish."
- Repentance was the message of the early church.
- Luke 24:47 "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all
nations, beginning at Jerusalem."
- Acts 2:38 "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 Spirit."
- 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."
- Other passages - Acts 5:31; 8:22; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20
- Romans 2:4 "Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not
knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance."
- Repentance in respect to salvation is to...
- Change your mind - Reverse your thinking.
Repentance is changing your mind in some way or ways so that you agree with the Gospel
and receive Christ. Not long ago I saw a commercial on TV that said it was going to reverse
our thinking. That is what repentance is. It is when God reverses our thinking through the
gospel message. Does God need to reverse your thinking in any area as you hear the Gospel
- We are all sinners and need salvation. If we have thought of our selves as good
and not in need of salvation then we see from the Bible that we are sinners
and need salvation, and adjust our thinking to agree with the Bible, then we have
repented. God has reversed our thinking.
- Christ is God and has paid the price for our sin on the cross.
If we have not understood or believed these facts about Christ, but now after hearing the
Gospel we now believe who Christ is and what he did for us then we have repented.
- We need to trust in the work of Christ and not be trusting in ourselves for salvation.
If we have been trusting in our own works etc., not Christ, and we decide to trust Christ
alone, then we have repented.
- Expressing your repentance - You can express your repentance by praying to God and
telling Him that you have changed our mind and that you now believe His Word in regard to
- In regard to your self you accept the fact that you are a sinner (Romans 3:23).
- In regard to Christ you now believe that He is God and that He died for your sin on the
cross (1 Corinthians 15:3).
- In regard to what you have been trusting in you now trust Christ and His work alone for
- Elements of repentance
- There is the intellectual element of repentance.
It is understanding the facts with our mind (intellect) and having our mind changed
by Godís word.
- There is the emotional element of repentance.
Repentance includes being sorry for your sin. It may include an expression of emotions
like crying. But this will vary from person to person. Emotions, however expressed, are
not repentance or the change of the mind. They are only a result of repentance.
Genuine repentance cannot be judged valid or invalid on the basis of the emotional
expression. Genuine repentance is judged on the basis of what happens afterwards.
Does our life show the fruits of the changed mind and heart?
- There is the volitional element of repentance. It is the choosing to accept Godís
truth and turning from our own ideas.
- Godís grace has provided salvation. We donít deserve it.
- By faith we must receive it. Saving faith is trusting Jesus and Him alone for salvation.
- It involves repentance, which is a change of mind on our part.
- God worked in the heart of Vladimir Antonov and changed his mind and heart about his sin and
about Christ. What about you? Is it time to repent?
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