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Have you repented? How and what is your understanding about it?

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WHAT IS REPENTANCE? 

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LUKE 24:47 

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (KJV)


The term repentance has been so wrongly used in many Christian settings and many believers do not know the actual meaning of the word. We have said that the bible is not a dictionary of definitions. Every word is defined or explained by the context of its usage. There is no omnibus application to words in scripture interpretation, thus; Picking one contextual meaning of a word and applying it across the whole bible will lead to error. Words such as repentance, Righteousness, work, faith, grace, holy, gift, sin, salvation, and others must always be seen in context. Repentance in the New Testament means “metanoeo", which is A CHANGE IN Thinking or Change of mind. How does this term apply to the believer and the unbeliever? 


To the believer, repentance is renewing the mind but to the unbeliever, repentance is a change of mind by believing the gospel of Christ. Repentance used by the apostles in the early church and the book of Hebrews, especially in the message to the Jews was not about a change of behaviour or conduct but the change of mind to believe the gospel. They already had a certain belief system about God but now they are supposed to change their mind to believe the one-time sacrifice of Christ. Since faith in Jesus Christ is all about belief, then the “action” necessary for repentance is not a change of behaviour, but a change of thinking! When you change your thinking your behaviour changes as well.

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When our belief system or thinking process changes, a change of behaviour becomes so much easier. As believers, we persuade men to change their thinking about Jesus Christ, for them to understand and appreciate the depth of his love for them as a Saviour. Therefore, telling a sinner to repent from his sinful habit because Jesus is coming is not a message of salvation, but threatening message which will not bring faith but fear. When we tell a sinner to repent, it means he is to believe the gospel for salvation, which is he need a saviour, and there is one that came to die for his sins and if he believe and accept him as his saviour, the saviour ritheousness will be credited to him. When we tell a believer to repent it means he is to renew his mind back the the message that first brought him faith, because he has already believed. Salvation is by faith in Christ not repentance from bad conduct or behaviour. However, after salvation, spiritual growth will lead to good behaviour or conduct. 


CONFESSION: I renew my mind daily. I feed on the redemptive work of Christ. I see Jesus Christ, especially in His rightful role as Saviour and Redeemer and I persuade men about it.


Additional Studies

Luke 5: 32, 

Acts 2: 37- 38, 

2Peter 3: 8- 9


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