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Real Repentance

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One of the most vital messages the church needs to deliver for people today is that of repentance. This message has not changed, it was the same message Jesus taught and preached during His day:
“Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." Mark 1:14-15 [cf. Matt. 4:17, Luke 13:1-5; 24:46-47]
The call to repentance is so necessary that even before Jesus appeared, John the Baptist was already commissioned to preach the same, “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!’ For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.’”(Matt. 3:1-3) And so Jesus commanded this exact same message for his disciples to proclaim (Matt. 10:7).

But what does it mean to repent? There are three Greek words used in the New Testament to denote repentance: [1] The verb ‘metamelomai’ is used for a change of mind, such as to produce regret or even remorse on account of sin, but not necessarily a change of heart. This was the word used to describe the remorse felt by Judas after his betrayal (Matt.27:3). [2] ‘Metanoeo’, meaning to change one's mind and purpose, as the result after knowledge. This verb, with [3] the cognate noun ‘metanoia’, is used for true repentance, a change of mind and purpose and life, to which remission of sin is promised [Ref. Easton Bible Dictionary: ‘Repentance’].

As Peter thundered on the day of Pentecost, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before.” (Acts 3:19-20)

To repent therefore, is to turn around and receive Jesus as personal Savior (Luke 13:5, Jon. 6:29) and convert one’s life to become a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). It means a total ‘change’ from an old way of life to a new and living way (Eph 4:22-24). It is a demonstration to God that we no longer desire to continue in a way of life that leads to sin and eternal death. [cf. Rom.6:23, Gal.5:19-21, 1Jon 3:4]
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus." (Romans 3:23-26)
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