Repentance - Means

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

Matthew 3:2 says "Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." My language Bible says "change your mind for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." KJV says "repent ye" and my language bible says "change your mind." So, "you repent" means "change your mind." So, "how to repent" becomes "how to change your mind." Matthew 3:8 says "Bring forth therefore fruits meet for Repentance:" God requires fruit for repentance. The fruit is the change in life. If there is no change in life, you have no fruit for repentance. Jesus Christ preached repentance before he preached the gospel. In Matthew 4:17 he preached repentance. In verse 23 "Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom..." He preached repentance as the first part of the gospel and then he preached the gospel. If people had closed their minds, he just walked pass them. He didn't force them. In Matthew 9:13 Jesus says "... I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." If you act as if you are okay, he will leave you. If you admit that you still sin and need help, then God will have mercy on you. People argue back and forth to prove their points, but Jesus just made his point and walked away. "Change your mind" that is "repent" was preached strongly and that was it. Then it is up to the people. Sorrow is not repentance, but it is a pre-requisite to repentance. We may divide sorrow in two groups. 1 Godly sorrow. 2 worldly sorrow. "2 Corinthians 7:9 ... ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner ... 10.. godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death." So, godly sorrow leads to repentance. It is a pre-requisite to repentance. But the worldly sorrow will not take us to repentance, but it leads to death. So, we must have godly sorrow for repentance. Please refer this link for more: "Repentance video". Thank you.

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