Summary: Repentance is much more than simply feeling sorry for our sin and is a necessity for salvation.
Series: Demands of Christ
EXCEPT YE REPENT
In his book I Surrender, Patrick Morley writes that the church’s integrity problem is in the misconception "that we can add Christ to our lives, but not subtract sin. It is a change in belief without a change in behavior." He goes on to say, "It is revival without reformation, without repentance."
- C. Swindoll, John the Baptizer, Bible Study Guide, p. 16.
Observations on Repentance
1) Repentance is demanded by Christ
Core of the Coming of Christ
(Matt 3:1-2) In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
(Matt 4:17) From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
(Mark 1:14-15) Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is
fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
2) Repentance is necessary for all men
3) Without repentance one will surely perish
THE ESSENTIALS OF REPENTANCE
Repentance is a changing direction of one’s thought and life
Repentance: metanoew: ýmetanoe/wý; ýmeta/noiaý, ýa$ ýf: to change one’s way of life as the result of a complete change of thought and attitude with regard to sin and righteousness - ’to repent, to change one’s way, repentance.’ Though in English a focal component of repent is the sorrow or contrition that a person experiences because of sin, the emphasis in ýmetanoe/w ýand ýmeta/noia ýseems to be more specifically the total change, both in thought and behavior, with respect to how one should both think and act. Whether the focus is upon attitude or behavior varies somewhat in different contexts. Compare, for example, Luke 3:8; Heb 6:1, and Acts 26:20.
(Greek-English Lexicon Based on Semantic Domain. © 1988 United Bible Societies, New York. )
Repentance is the flip side of faith
Parable of the Prodigal Son
( Luke 15:17-21) And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
1) Repentance Is Seeing Yourself and Your Sin As God Sees Sin
( Ps 51:3-4) For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight:
(Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, December 7)
Conviction of sin is one of the most uncommon things that ever happens to a person. It is the beginning of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict people of sin (see John 16:8 ). And when the Holy Spirit stirs a person’s conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not that person’s relationship with others that bothers him but his relationship with God— "Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight . . ." ( Psalm 51:4 ). ….. Repentance always brings a person to the point of saying, "I have sinned." The surest sign that God is at work in his life is when he says that and means it. Anything less is simply sorrow for having made foolish mistakes— a reflex action caused by self-disgust.