REPENTANCE AS DEFINED IN GOD'S WORD

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I) THE GREEK WORDS METANOEO (VERB) AND METANOIA (NOUN) RENDERED "TO REPENT" AND "REPENTANCE" MEAN A CHANGE OF THE MIND. THEY DO NOT INCLUDE OTHER SPHERES OF ACTIVITY OUTSIDE OF THE MIND, SUCH AS A CHANGE OF BEHAVIOR, WITHOUT OTHER WORDS PRESENT IN THE TEXT AT HAND TO DESIGNATE THIS

A) [Compare 2 Tim 2:24-25]:

II) REPENTANCE RELATIVE TO FORGIVENESS OF SINS UNTO ETERNAL LIFE IN THE ETERNAL KINGDOM OF GOD MEANS TO CHANGE THE MIND - TO TURN FROM A BELIEF SYSTEM WHICH IS NOT SOLELY IN CHRIST ALONE TO ONE WHICH IS

A) The Old Testament Prophets, John The Baptist And His Disciples, And The LORD Jesus Christ And His Disciples Before His Ascension Preached To Israel, "Repent For The Kingdom Of God Is At Hand" - In The Sense Of Believing In The Coming Messiah / Savior In Order For Them To Receive Forgiveness Of Sins Unto Eternal Life In The Eternal Kingdom Of God, Which Would Commence Should All Israel Believe. The Context Of This Repentance Unto Forgiveness Of Sins Did Not Include Producing Fruit, I.E., Doing Godly Works, Such As Water Baptism; Nor Did It Include A Committment To Do Godly Works, As Some Contend

1) [Compare Mk 1:14-15]:

2) [Compare Ex 30:17-21]:

3) [Compare Dt 21:1-9]:

4) [Compare Heb 9:9-10]:

5) [Compare Mt 3:1-8]:

6) [Compare Acts 19:4]:

7) [Compare Acts 26:20]:

8) [Compare Jn 1:29-31]:

9) [Compare Mk 1:4, 14-15]:

10) [Compare Mt 4:12, 17]:

B) In The Case Of The Message Of The Gospel After Christ's Ascension, Beginning With The Apostle Peter, The Greek Word "Metanoeo" ("Metanoesate") Rendered "Repent" Continued To Signify A Change From Not Believing To Believing Alone In Jesus Christ (Now Having Been Revealed In His Resurrected Humanity To The World) As LORD And Christ / The Messiah For Forgiveness Of Sins Unto Eternal Life In The Eternal Kingdom Of God; Which Kingdom Would Commence Should All Of That Generation Of Israel Believe. Plus In This Time There Was Begun The Reception Of The Gift Of The Indwelling Holy Spirit In All Who Believed - Jew And Gentile Alike. But Sometime After His Address To The Jews In Acts Chapter 2, Peter Indicated That Heaven Must Receive Jesus Christ, The Holy One, Until The Times Of Restoration Of All Things, I.E., Until A Future Time When The Eternal Kingdom Of God Would Commence Upon All Of A Future Generation Of Israel Repenting / Believing In Christ

1) [Compare Acts 2:36-38]:

a) Peter's Answer To The Jews' Question Of What They Should Do Relative To Jesus Christ Being Their LORD And Christ, Their Messiah / Savior, Was To Repent In The Sense Of Changing Their Minds To Believe In Him For Forgiveness Of Sins Unto Eternal Life In The Eternal Kingdom Of God; Which Kingdom Would Commence Should All Of That Generation Of Israel Believe. Whereupon They Were To Be Water Baptized Symbolizing This And By Water Baptism The Jews In This Transition Period To The Church Age Were To Receive The Gift Of The Holy Spirit, (Later By Faith Alone). Absent Is Any Exhortation To Behave Better Or Feel Remorse Or Commit To A Holy Lifestyle

i) [Compare Acts 3:11-21]:

ii) [Compare Acts 2:41-44]:

iii) [Compare Acts 19:4]:

b) Peter's Answer To The Jews' Question Of What They Should Do Relative To Jesus Christ Being Their LORD And Christ, Their Messiah / Savior, Included Being Water Baptized - But To Symbolize And Not To Be Part Of Repentance As Some Contend; Nor To Be Causative Of Being Forgiven Of Ones Sins Unto Eternal Life In The Eternal Kingdom Of God. On The Other Hand During The Transition To The Church Age, Water Baptism For The Jews Who Believed Was To Be Causative Of Receiving The Gift Of The Indwelling Holy Spirit

i) [Compare Heb 9:9-10]:

ii) [Compare Acts 2:38 Interlinear]:

iii) [Compare Acts 2:41-44]:

iv) [Compare Acts 3:11-21]:

v) [Compare Acts 5:30-32]:

vi) [Compare Acts 10:34-47]:

2) [Compare Acts 13:13-39]:

3) [Compare Acts 26:12-18]:

III) SINCE BELIEVING IN CHRIST, TURNING TO GOD AND REPENTING RELATIVE TO FORGIVENESS OF SINS ALL RESULT IN FORGIVENESS OF SINS, THEN THEY ARE SYNONYMOUS, IN EFFECT, TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN

A) REPENTANCE AND BELIEF RELATIVE TO SALVATION ARE TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN - A CHANGE OF MIND FROM NOT BELIEVING TO BELIEVING

1) [Compare 1 Thes 1:8-10]:

2) [Compare Acts 10:43]:

3) [Compare Acts 3:19]:

4) [Compare Acts 2:38]:

B) THE WORD 'FAITH' CAN BE USED IN PLACE OF 'REPENTANCE' RELATIVE TO SALVATION UNTO ETERNAL LIFE WITH NO CHANGE OF MEANING

1) [Compare 2 Pet 3:9]:

2) [Acts 2:37-38]:

3) [Compare Acts 3:19]:

4) [Compare 2 Cor 7:10]:

5) [Compare Mk 1:15]:

6) [Compare 2 Tim 2:24-25]:

IV) SINCE REPENT AND BELIEVE RE: SALVATION ARE SYNONYMOUS AND SINCE BELIEVING IN THE SON IS SYNONYMOUS WITH ACCEPTING THE TESTIMONY OF GOD ABOUT HIS SON, I.E. A MENTAL ASSENT THEN REPENTING UNTO SALVATION IS A MENTAL ASSENT

A) BELIEVING UNTO SALVATION = A SIMPLE MENTAL ASSENT IN THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL

1) FAITH BELIEVE TRUST DEFINED

a) ENGLISH DICTIONARY DEFINITION OF FAITH

i) Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary:

faith \Faith\, n.

believe \Be*lieve

trust \Trust\, v. t.

b) NT GREEK DICTIONARY DEFINITION OF FAITH

c) SCRIPTURE DEFINES SAVING FAITH AS A MENTAL ASSENT TO THE TESTIMONY OF GOD ABOUT HIS SON

i) [1 John 5:9-13]:

V) REPENTANCE UNTO SALVATION DOES NOT INCLUDE AN EMOTIONAL RESPONSE OF ANY KIND - SUCH AS FEELING SORRY OR GUILTY

A) ANOTHER GREEK WORD WHICH MEANS REGRET IS NOT STIPULATED ANYWHERE IN SCRIPTURE AS A REQUIREMENT TO BE SAVED

1) [Compare Heb 7:21]:

2) [Compare Mt 21:29, 32]:

3) [Compare Mt 27:3]:

4) [Compare 2 Cor 7:8-10]:

B) EMOTIONAL REACTION IS A CONTRIBUTION ON THE PART OF THE INDIVIDUAL = A WORK WHICH IF CONSIDERED PART OF WHAT ONE MUST DO TO BE SAVEDCANCELS OUT SALVATION BY GOD'S GRACE GIFT

1) [Compare Eph 2:8-9]:

2) [Compare Ro 10:14-17; 11:6]:

C) FEAR, TERROR, GODLY SORROW, REMORSE AND OTHER EMOTIONS MAY OR MAY NOT LEAD TO REPENTANCE, I.E., SAVING FAITH, BUT THEY ARE NOT REPENTANCE ITSELF NOR A REQUIREMENT TO BE SAVED

1) [Compare Acts 16:29-31]:

2) [Compare Mt 21:32]:

3) [Compare 2 Cor 7:8-11]:

4) [Compare Jn 6:70-71; 13:27; Mt 27:3-5; Jn 17:12]:

5) [Compare John chapter 3]:

6) [Compare Jn 11:21-28]:

D) EVEN IF SORROW, GOOD BEHAVIOR OR A COMMITTMENT TO TURN FROM SIN WERE REQUIRED THESE BEING NECESSARILY GODLY ACTS - ALL SUCH ACTS BY AN UNBELIEVER ARE DISQUALIFIED AS FILTHY RAGS AND UNACCEPTABLE TO GOD

1) [Compare Isa 64:4-6]:

2) [Compare Ro 8:5-8]:

3) [Compare Titus 3:4-5]:

4) [Ephesians 2:8-9]:

VI) TURNING FROM SIN, TURNING FROM IDOLS RELATIVE TO SALVATION MEANS TO TURN TO GOD AND TRUST IN HIS PLAN THROUGH FAITH ALONE IN HIS SON ALONE - IT DOES NOT HAVE SOME KIND OF ACTION OR EMOTIONAL RESPONSE IN VIEW

A) [Compare Titus 3:5]:

B) [Compare 1 Thes 1:9]:

VII) TO TRUST ALONE IN CHRIST ALONE AS SAVIOR IMPLIES THAT YOU HAVE A SIN PROBLEM WITH GOD AND NEED A SAVIOR - SO A FORMAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF ONE'S SIN PROBLEM WITH GOD IS NOT ADDITIONALLY NECESSARY TO THE FAITH PLACED IN CHRIST AS SAVIOR

VIII) REPENTANCE FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS UNTO ETERNAL LIFE DOES NOT INCLUDE MAKING JESUS LORD OF ONES LIFE, NOR FOLLOWING JESUS NOR DECIDING TO NOT ENTERTAIN SIN IN ONES LIFE

A) REPENTANCE FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS UNTO ETERNAL LIFE DOES NOT INCLUDE MAKING JESUS THE LORD OF ONES LIFE

1) [Compare Acts 2:36-38]:

B) REPENTANCE FOR FORGIVENESS OF SINS UNTO ETERNAL LIFE DOES NOT INCLUDE FOLLOWING JESUS

1) [Compare Jn 1:43]:

C) REPENTANCE FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS UNTO ETERNAL LIFE DOES NOT INCLUDE A DECISION NOT TO ENTERTAIN SIN NOR A COMMITMENT TO LEAD A FAITHFUL LIFE

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IX) THE CONCEPT OF REPENTANCE FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT POINT OF VIEW IS THE SAME AS IT IS FOR THE NEW TESTAMENT

A) [Compare Mt 3:2]:

B) [Compare Acts 19:4]:

C) [Compare Mt 4:17]:

D) [Compare Acts 13:23-24]:

E) [Compare Mt 5:20]:

F) [Compare Mt 22:1-7]:

G) [Compare Mt 21:43-44]:

H) [Compare Mt 23:37-38]:

I) [Compare Acts 2:36-38]:

J) [Compare Acts 3:17-19]:

X) REPENTANCE IN THE LIFE AND EXPERIENCE OF THE BELIEVER

[ on fellowship with God]

A) [2 Cor 7: 8-10]:

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