October 12, 2008
(Repentance)- Means changing direction, a changing of the mind, turning to the opposite
direction. In the N.T. the subject mainly refers to repentance from sin and a turning toward God.
The Bible clearly states in the O.T. and the N.T. that repentance is the first, necessary step
in the soul's return to God; see Jona 2:1-10; II Chronicles 7:14; Luke 15:11-24; II Peter 3:9.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Repentance is not salvation nor does true repentance make one innocent.
Repentance cannot save because if it could save, then it would be a salvation of works, only God
can save a soul.
Philippians 2:14-15 Because we live in such a harsh and indecent world, we are all subject to
be numbed by the sin that is ever around us. If we do not have an attitude of repentance daily, we
will become useless for God in a world that needs to see a difference in us more than ever.
WHAT REPENTANCE IS NOT
Repentance is not the mere presence of tears, Hebrews 11:16-17 whether they are sincere or
not sincere. Most people will shed a tear over a book, a story, or a movie about Jesus dying on
the cross, but they cry because of His suffering , not because of their sin that nailed Him to the
Repentance is not having 'good intentions' because of a reaction to a message or a good
argument about God. King Herod had 'good intentions' toward John in Mathew 14:1-10 and King
Agrippa also had 'good intentions' toward Paul in Acts 26:28-32 but both John and Paul were
killed any way.
Repentance is not solemn vows or new resolutions. In times of adversity there are always many
promises made to God, but as quickly as the storm passes, so do the promises.
Repentance is not 'stopping sin' in our life. Too often people just exchange one sin for another.
So we can see that all counterfeit forms of repentance must be ignored and put down. As
someone once said,"If a broken bone is set wrong, the surgeon must break it again to set it right".
WHAT REPENTANCE IS
Numbers 22:34; Luke 15:18 One of the first characteristics of true repentace is humility.
Psalms 51:17; Joel 2:13 A contrite, broken heart because of our sinful soul is Godly repentance.
Jeremiah 31:18-19; Luke 22:55-62 A certain 'grieving' takes place within the soul bcause of sin.
Psalms 32:5; 51:4; I John 1:9 True repentance will bring forth heart felt confession.
Mathew 21:29; II Timothy 2:25 Repentance will bring a change in our mind.
Jonah 2:9; Acts 26:9-20 Repentance will bring a change in our judgment.
Ezekiel 18:28; I Thessalonians 1:9-10 Actions and attitudes change with true repentance.
Psalms 119:104; Romans 7:15 When we are truly repentive, we learn to hate sin.
THE SOURCE OF REPENTANCE
Jonah 3:10; 4:1-2; Romans 2:4 Repentance is produced by the goodness of Almighty God.
Acts 5:31; 11:18; II Timothy 2:25 Repentance is a gift from the risen Savior and God The
*** IMPORTANT*** Acts 20:21; Mark 1:15 Repentance and faith are necessary for salvation
and are inseperable.
Luke 16:30-31 There can be no faith without repentance, and no repentance without faith.
WHO NEEDS REPENTANCE?
Acts 5:31; 26:20; Mathew 9:13; Luke 24:47; II Peter 3:9 No matter what nationality, gender,
or position in society, lost sinners are called to repentance.
II Timothy 2:24-25 Sinners are called to a repentance to the acknowledgment of the truth.
Acts 5:31 Repentance toward God will usher in God's pardoning grace.
Acts 17:30 The time for lost sinners to repent is NOW. While opportunity is near and God is
giving you a desire to repent, do not wait, we do not have a promise of tomorrow.
Luke 22:61-62; Revelation 2:4-5, 16, 21-22; 3:3, 19 Saved church members need to repent.