Bible Reading: Ephesians 2:17
"He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near."
"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"
"Repentance expresses that mighty change in the mind, heart, and life wrought by the Spirit of God."
"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?
"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."
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."
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...."
Acts 26:20 - "I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds." (Rev. 2:5)
Matt. 3:8 - "Produce fruit in keeping with repentance."
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