" . . . repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance."
© 1977, 1998 by Diane S. Dew
I. What does it mean to "repent"?
To "repent" means to "turn around, to change one's direction."
Isaiah 53:6; 55:7-8
Ezekiel 18 :30-32; 33: 14
A. Repentance can be manifested in an outward
expression of deep
sorrow and self-humiliation.
Job 42:5-6 "Wherefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes."
38:3-4, 6, 18 "There is no soundness in my flesh because
of Thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.
For mine iniquities are gone over mine head; as an heavy burden they
are too heavy for me ... I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly;
I go mourning all the day long. For I will declare mine iniquity; I will
be sorry for my sin."
2:12-13 " ... turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting,
and with weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart, and not your
garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for He is gracious and
merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness ..."
B. But sincerity and emotion are not enough.
Corinthians 7:8-11 " ... I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but
that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly
manner ... For godly sorrow worketh repentance ... but the sorrow
of the world worketh death. For ... ye sorrowed after a godly sort,
what carefulness it wrought in you ... yea, what fear, yea, what
vehement desire, yea, what zeal ..."
12:17 " ... afterward, when he would have inherited the
blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance,
though he sought it carefully with tears."
II. Repentance was preached by men of every Biblical age.
A. The message of the Old Testament prophets was one of repentance.
3:12-14, 22; 8:6; 18:8; 26:3
B. John the Baptist preached repentance.
1:4, 15 (Matthew 3:1-2)
Acts 13 :24
C. Jesus preached the necessity of repentance.
Matthew 9:13 (Luke 5:32)
D. Jesus taught the apostles to preach repentance.
E. Leaders of the early church preached it.
Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20
III. Repentance is necessary for salvation.
Acts 17:30; 20:21
II Peter 3:9
Revelation 2:5, 22; 9:20-21
A. It is God's desire that all men repent and be saved.
II Peter 3:9
B. Repentance is the gift of God.
6:44 "No man can come to me, except the Father ...
11:18 "Then God also to the Gentiles granted repentance
Romans 2:4 " ... the goodness of God leads you to repentance."
Timothy 2 :25 " ... if God peradventure will give them repentance
to the acknowledging of the Truth."
2:21 "And I gave her space to repent of her fornication;
and she repented not."
© 1976, 1977, 1997 by Diane S. Dew
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