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    Biblical Repentance  by Donald Hunt Biblical Repentance by Donald Hunt Presentation Transcript

      • Bible Teaching
      • On
      • Repentance
      • Donald Hunt
    • Bible Teaching On Repentance
      • “ Repentance” has too long been a Biblical term concealed from the understanding of the common mind. From the basic meaning of the word and from the way it is applied in the Scriptures, it is not difficult to determine its exact meaning.
    • WHAT DOES REPENTANCE MEAN AND INVOLVE?
      • The English word “repentance” is translated from the Greek word “metanoeo,” which means “a change of the mind, attitude, purpose, and determination” which naturally leads to a change in one’s life and conduct.
    • WHAT DOES REPENTANCE MEAN AND INVOLVE?
      • Let us notice how this fits in with what Jesus said. He said that the Ninevites repented when Jonah preached to them.
    • WHAT DOES REPENTANCE MEAN AND INVOLVE?
      • Matthew 12:41 NET The people of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them — and now, something greater than Jonah is here!
    • WHAT DOES REPENTANCE MEAN AND INVOLVE?
      • Now, if we can learn what they did when Jonah preached, we can be certain that we know what repentance is. From a reading of Jonah 3:10 it can be seen that they TURNED FROM THEIR WICKED WAY. This, Jesus said, was an example of repentance.
    • WHAT DOES REPENTANCE MEAN AND INVOLVE?
      • Jonah 3:10 NET When God saw their actions — they turned from their evil way of living! — God relented concerning the judgment he had threatened them with and he did not destroy them.
    • WHAT DOES REPENTANCE MEAN AND INVOLVE?
      • Of course, the change of mind that leads to a change of life is not Biblical repentance unless the change of mind is that which God ordains.
    • WHAT DOES REPENTANCE MEAN AND INVOLVE?
      • The change that is necessary to Biblical and acceptable repentance is seen in the heart that sincerely bows and says,
      • “ Lord, not MY will, but THINE be done.”
    • WHAT DOES REPENTANCE MEAN AND INVOLVE?
      • Thus, Saul of Tarsus exemplified the true spirit when he said,
      • 'What should I do, Lord?
      • Acts 22:10 NET So I asked, 'What should I do, Lord?' The Lord said to me, 'Get up and go to Damascus; there you will be told about everything that you have been designated to do.'
    • WHAT DOES REPENTANCE MEAN AND INVOLVE?
      • Such a change in mind and determination naturally leads the one repenting to a particular manner of life – to certain definite changes.
      • Biblical repentance causes one to turn FROM sin and to turn TO God and righteousness.
    • WHAT DOES REPENTANCE MEAN AND INVOLVE?
      • This two-fold turning is seen in:
      • Isaiah 55:7 NET The wicked need to abandon their lifestyle and sinful people their plans. They should return to the LORD, and he will show mercy to them, and to their God, for he will freely forgive them.
    • WHAT DOES REPENTANCE MEAN AND INVOLVE?
      • Therefore, one who repents experiences the change that causes him to forsake sin and to seek God and do righteousness.
    • WHAT DOES REPENTANCE MEAN AND INVOLVE?
      • We conclude, therefore, that one who does not forsake sin has not Scripturally repented; and one who does not turn to God with all his heart, doing everything in the name of Christ and to the glory of God has not Scripturally repented.
      • REPENTANCE
      • IS A UNIVERSAL COMMANDMENT
      • OF GOD
      • DEMANDED OF
      • EVERY PERSON
    • REPENTANCE DEMANDED OF EVERY PERSON
      • All men everywhere are commanded to repent.
      • Acts 17:30 NET Therefore, although God has overlooked such times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent,
    • REPENTANCE DEMANDED OF EVERY PERSON
      • Repentance was one of the things Jesus commanded to be preached to all nations beginning in Jerusalem.
    • REPENTANCE DEMANDED OF EVERY PERSON
      • Luke 24:47 NET and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
    • REPENTANCE DEMANDED OF EVERY PERSON
      • When Peter preached first in Jerusalem, the first thing he told the inquiring Jews to do was repent.
    • REPENTANCE DEMANDED OF EVERY PERSON
      • Acts 2:37 NET Now when they heard this, they were acutely distressed and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "What should we do, brothers?"
    • REPENTANCE DEMANDED OF EVERY PERSON
      • 38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    • REPENTANCE DEMANDED OF EVERY PERSON
      • Observe that he commanded EVERYONE OF THEM to repent – no exceptions. Jesus warned that all who would not repent must perish.
      • Luke 13:3 NET No, I tell you! But unless you repent, you will all perish as well!
    • REPENTANCE DEMANDED OF EVERY PERSON
      • God does not want any to perish, but He does want all to come to repentance.
      • 2 Peter 3:9 NET The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
    • REPENTANCE DEMANDED OF EVERY PERSON
      • There is an initial repentance – a renunciation of sin for the things of Christ. This is the big over-all change of attitude. This takes place at conversion.
    • REPENTANCE DEMANDED OF EVERY PERSON
      • But, repentance is also a thing to be done by Christians when ever they fall before the power of some sin. To Simon of Samaria who had sinned, Peter commanded repentance to evade condemnation.
    • REPENTANCE DEMANDED OF EVERY PERSON
      • Acts 8:22 NET Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that he may perhaps forgive you for the intent of your heart.
    • REPENTANCE DEMANDED OF EVERY PERSON
      • Then, sometimes it becomes necessary for entire congregations to repent. To several of the congregations among the seven churches of Asia, Jesus sent a message of repentance.
    • REPENTANCE DEMANDED OF EVERY PERSON
      • Revelation 2:5 NET Therefore, remember from what high state you have fallen and repent! Do the deeds you did at the first; if not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place — that is, if you do not repent.
    • REPENTANCE DEMANDED OF EVERY PERSON
      • Revelation 3:19 NET All those I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent!
      • The first epistle to the Corinthians was written to bring that congregation to repentance.
      • GOD SETS BEFORE US TWO ALTERNATIVE CHOICES: EITHER WE REPENT OR WE PERISH
    • REPENT OR WE PERISH
      • Throughout both the Old and New Testaments, God sent His messengers to people when they were guilty of sin. The first thing that said messengers did was to point out the particular sin or sins.
    • REPENT OR WE PERISH
      • The next thing was to make known God’s demand of repentance. The final thing was to make wonderful promises conditioned upon repentance and to declare God’s woe upon the soul that wouldn’t repent.
    • REPENT OR WE PERISH
      • Let us observe that the blessings of forgiveness and salvation are promised to those who do repent and overcome sin. Consult the following Scriptural incidents:
    • REPENT OR WE PERISH
      • 2 Chronicles 7:14 NET if my people, who belong to me, humble themselves, pray, seek to please me, and repudiate their sinful practices, then I will respond from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
    • REPENT OR WE PERISH
      • Isaiah 55:7 NET The wicked need to abandon their lifestyle and sinful people their plans. They should return to the LORD, and he will show mercy to them, and to their God, for he will freely forgive them.
    • REPENT OR WE PERISH
      • Luke 24:47 NET and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
    • REPENT OR WE PERISH
      • Acts 2:38 NET Peter said to them, "Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    • REPENT OR WE PERISH
      • Acts 3:19 NET Therefore repent and turn back so that your sins may be wiped out,
      • Acts 8:22 NET Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that he may perhaps forgive you for the intent of your heart.
    • REPENT OR WE PERISH
      • Revelation 3:19 NET All those I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent! 20 Listen! I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come into his home and share a meal with him, and he with me.
    • REPENT OR WE PERISH
      • 21 I will grant the one who conquers permission to sit with me on my throne, just as I too conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
    • REPENT OR WE PERISH
      • On the other hand, let us observe that if men did not repent God pronounced certain doom and destruction upon them.
      • Consult the following passages:
    • REPENT OR WE PERISH
      • Luke 12:3 NET So then whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops.
    • REPENT OR WE PERISH
      • Revelation 2:5 NET Therefore, remember from what high state you have fallen and repent! Do the deeds you did at the first; if not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place — that is, if you do not repent.
    • REPENT OR WE PERISH
      • Revelation 2:16 NET Therefore, repent! If not, I will come against you quickly and make war against those people with the sword of my mouth.
    • REPENT OR WE PERISH
      • Revelation 3:3 NET Therefore, remember what you received and heard, and obey it, and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will never know at what hour I will come against you.
    • REPENT OR WE PERISH
      • Therefore, we see that God promises great thing to the penitent and terrible things to the impenitent. It is either “repent or perish” with no other alternative.
      • WHAT CAUSES
      • MEN TO REPENT?
      • God who demands that men
      • everywhere repent is a God who
      • desires that men repent instead of
      • perish.
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • So wrote Peter:
      • 2 Peter 3:9 NET The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • God does all within His power without destroying man’s own will and choice to bring him to repentance.
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • He has revealed in His Word for our information some of those things that He has designed to lead men to repentance.
      • Here they are:
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • The goodness of God
      • leads men to repentance.
      • Romans 2:4 NET Or do you have contempt for the wealth of his kindness, forbearance, and patience, and yet do not know that God's kindness leads you to repentance?
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • The goodness of God upon a sinner has broken many a sinner’s heart and caused him to cry out for mercy for his sins.
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • Many a man has taken sides with God against his own sins because the love of God demonstrated upon Calvary compelled him to do so.
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • Godly sorrow
      • (sorrow and grief over sin)
      • leads men to repentance.
      • 2 Corinthians 7:10 NET For sadness as intended by God produces a repentance that leads to salvation, leaving no regret, but worldly sadness brings about death.
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • When men get convicted of their sins, they either mourn and weep over them to the point of turning away from them, or they do their utmost to drown that conviction that they might continue in them unmolested.
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • It was godly sorrow that caused Peter to repent when he had denied Christ.
      • Matthew 26:74 NET At that he began to curse, and he swore with an oath, "I do not know the man!" At that moment a rooster crowed.
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • 75 Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: "Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • It was godly sorrow that caused David to repent of his terrible sin.
      • 2 Samuel 12:13 NET Then David exclaimed to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD!" Nathan replied to David, "Yes, and the LORD has forgiven your sin. You are not going to die.
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • 14 Nonetheless, because you have treated the LORD with such contempt in this matter, the son who has been born to you will certainly die." 15 Then Nathan went to his home.
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • The LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife had borne to David, and the child became very ill. 16 Then David prayed to God for the child and fasted. He would even go and spend the night lying on the ground.
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • It was godly sorrow over their crucifying Christ that caused the Jews on the day of Pentecost to ask what they must do.
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • Acts 2:37 NET Now when they heard this, they were acutely distressed and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "What should we do, brothers?"
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • The fear of judgment causes men to repent. God’s universal commandment of repentance is in view of the judgment day in which He will judge the world.
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • Acts 17:30 NET Therefore, although God has overlooked such times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent,
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • 31 because he has set a day on which he is going to judge the world in righteousness, by a man whom he designated, having provided proof to everyone by raising him from the dead."
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • It is the fear of judgment that causes many sinners to repent. It was the fear of destruction that moved Ninevah to repent.
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • Jonah 3:4 NET When Jonah began to enter the city one day's walk, he announced, "At the end of forty days, Nineveh will be overthrown!"
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • 5 The people of Nineveh believed in God, and they declared a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • It was the fear of judgment that caused Simon of Samaria to ask Peter’s prayers.
      • Acts 8:24 NET But Simon replied, "You pray to the Lord for me so that nothing of what you have said may happen to me."
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • Therefore, in order to bring sinners to repentance, we need preachers who will preach that sinners might know the love and goodness of God,
    • WHAT CAUSES REPENTANCE?
      • that they may be made sorrowful because of their sins, that the fear of judgment will so grip their souls that they cannot do otherwise.