Thursday, February 11, 2016

Repent



REPENT', verb intransitive [Latin re and paeniteo, from paena, pain. Gr. See Pain.]
1. To feel pain, sorrow or regret for something done or spoken; as, to repent that we have lost much time in idleness or sensual pleasure; to repent that we have injured or wounded the feelings of a friend. A person repents only of what he himself has done or said.
2. To express sorrow for something past.
3. To change the mind in consequence of the inconvenience or injury done by past conduct.
Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return. Exodus 13:17.
4. Applied to the Supreme Being, to change the course of providential dealings. Genesis 6:7. Psalms 106:45.
5. In theology, to sorrow or be pained for sin, as a violation of God's holy law, a dishonor to his character and government, and the foulest ingratitude to a Being of infinite benevolence.
Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:3. Acts 3:19.
- Websters 1828 Dictionary.
Repentance, to repent, is NOT man working to stop sinning in order to be saved. Repentance is NOT to stop sinning and clean up one's act before coming to God. Christ has come to call sinners to repentance. Repentance is to have genuine pain and Godly sorrow over sin, a broken and contrite heart over sin, and to have a change of mind and a change of heart in the inner man concerning sin. It is a turning from sin towards God through the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins and for full salvation. Salvation is all of the Lord. Only the precious blood of Christ Jesus the Lord, shed for our sins on the cross, can cleanse of sin. We do not cleanse ourselves of our sin, God cleanses us of our sin and all unrighteousness. We are to repent and believe the Gospel. Only by the power of the resurrection of Christ Jesus the Lord do we have eternal life. God commands all men everywhere to repent and believe on His Son. Once we do come to God in repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we will have a changed mind, heart, and life. Repentance will then become a way of daily life, and a state the believer remains in all their days on this earth. True believers are not sinless by any means, but they do sin less and less as they grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord and His word. If a believer sins, they confess their sins to God alone, and He is faithful to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). So repentance is to sorrow and be pained for our sin against God, and to come unto God through the Lord Jesus for forgiveness of our sin. Those who repent, and come to the Lord with a broken and contrite heart He will not despise. He will not cast them out. The Lord will save them to the uttermost.
"The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit." - Psalms 34:18 KJV.
"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." - Psalms 51: 17 KJV.
Repent ye, and believe the Gospel.
DWD
December 21st, 2015.

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