Summary: Repentance is a positive word. As we walk in repentance we can expect three rewards: Refreshing, Restoration and Revival.
THREE REWARDS OF REPENTANCE
Matthew 3:1-3 “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near”
Beyond salvation probably one of the greatest gifts God has given man is the ability to repent. Without an ability to repent man would be unable to enter in to the Kingdom of God. Repentance always leads to a better state and always precedes a greater measure of the Presence of God.
We will discover three particular areas that benefit a person through repentance they are “Refreshing, Restoration and Revival”.
What is Repentance?
Repentance means to about turn or turn around. It means to go 180* not 360*, to turn to God from whatever is taking His place or distracting us from Him.
That statement opens up a whole number of issues, it goes beyond obvious sin – it includes – substitutes for God – anything that captures our attention and affection.
Webster’s says repentance should produce something – CHANGE.
Acts 17:30 NIV “He commands all people everywhere to repent”
How important is repentance an issue in the Bible?
1. John the Baptists message – Mt 3:1-2
2. Jesus first sermon – Mt 4:17
3. Peter’s first message after Pentecost – Acts 2:38, 3:19
4. Paul preached repentance – Acts 20:21
5. Repentance is the Gospel - Mk 1:14,15
6. Repentance is the first principle in the Doctrines of the Church – Heb 6:1
The sinner must repent before they receive salvation. The saved must practice repentance if they are to enjoy unbroken fellowship with God.
Repentance is both negative and positive – turning away – turning to.
THREE REWARDS THAT COME FROM REPENTANCE
1. Repentance brings Refreshing
Acts 3:19 (Amp) “So repent – change your mind and purpose; turn around and turn to God, so that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean) that times of refreshing – of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air – may come from the presence of the Lord”
The picture that we have here is of a person overcome with heat gasping for air, without air the physical body dies, without the breath of the Spirit we begin to suffocate spiritually. Repentance allows times of refreshing to come into our lives. Refreshing is the Greek medical term meaning “to heal as a result of being exposed to air”. How many of us know that when we are suffering illness or pain when that is removed it is like being in another world.
2. Repentance brings Restoration
Matthew 17:11, 13 NASB “Elijah is coming and will restore all things. Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist”
Luke 1:17 John the Baptist came in “the Spirit and power of Elijah”
The Spirit of repentance brings restoration, this word in the Greek means “to recover, renew, to bring back to a better state”. It speaks about something broken, not right, defective.
The dictionary definition of repentance – “To bring back to the original state”
The biblical definition of repentance – “To make better than the original”
Here are some biblical examples of restoration:
Job 1:1-3 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. And seven sons and three daughters were born to him. Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the East.