Repentance (2)

HISTORIC BIBLE PREACHERS SAY:

"Repentance may be defined as the voluntary change in the mind of the sinner whereby he turns from sin. It involves a change of view, a change of feeling, and a change of purpose" - Pardington.

"Repentance expresses that mighty change in the mind, heart, and life wrought by the Spirit of God." - Trench.

"It describes that deep and radical change whereby a sinner turns from the idols of self and sin unto God, and devotes every movement of the inner and outer man to the captivity of His obedience? - Chalmers.

"It implies an intellectual and a hearty giving up of all controversy with God upon all and every point, It implies a conviction that God is wholly right, and the sinner wholly wrong, and a thorough and hearty abandonment of all excuses and apologies for sin." - Finney.

WHAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH REPENTANCE

a. FAITH

Mark 1:15 - "... 2The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"
Acts 20:21 - "... they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus."

b. BAPTISM

Acts 2:38 - "... Repent and be baptised, every one of you. . . "

c. CONVERSION (See supplementary study)

Acts 3:19 - "Repent, then, and turn to God, . . . "

d. TURNING T0 GOD

Acts 26:20 - "... I preached that they should repent and turn to God...."

e. WORKS

Acts 26:20 - "I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds." (Rev. 2:5)

f. FRUITS

Matt. 3:8 - "Produce fruit in keeping with repentance."

DO CHRISTIANS REPENT? Wherever there is sin, there must be repentance!

a. THE CORINTHIANS

2 Cor. 7:9 - "yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. . . . "
2 Cor. 12:20, 21 - "I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged."

b. THE EPHESIANS

Rev. 2:5 - "Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first ..."

c. IN PERGAMOS

Rev. 2:16_- "Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth."

d. IN SARDIS

Rev. 3:3 - "Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. ... "

e. IN LAODICEA

Rev. 3:19 - "Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent."

Study Questions for Lesson No. 3 -

  1. What is Mr. Finney’s definition of repentance?
  2. What are some evidences that one has truly repented?
  3. Do Christians ever heed to repent after having become Christians?
  4. Give three biblical instances of Christians needing to repent.

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