Biblical Usage of Repentance! Pt2
Biblical Usage of Repentance! Pt2
The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”
The Good News is decisive. “Repent” People expect that preaching will lead to a call for a decision. In this case, Jesus calls people to turn 180 degrees from the direction in which they are going and begin to walk back toward God. “Repent” has been reduced to a whisper in popular preaching. I believe that in our day, the message is really turned around—that is, we put faith before repentance. When you turn to Jesus Christ in faith, you are actually turning to Him from something else, and that turning from something is repentance. If there was not that turning from something, then apparently there was not a real turning to Christ. It is true that if there is a real turning to Christ, there will be a manifestation of a change in the life showing that the believer is turning from something.
He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. He called upon the nation of Israel to repent of its sins in order to receive forgiveness, and thus be prepared for the coming of the Messiah. He also called upon the people to be baptized as an outward sign that they had truly repented. John was a true prophet, an embodied conscience, crying out against sin, and calling for spiritual renewal.
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. In this passage, repentance is pictured as a patient who recognizes that illness is present and that only Jesus, the Great Physician, can treat it. A humble approach to God for spiritual healing is the essence of repentance.
I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Again Jesus explained that all people are sinners who must repent or they too will perish—spiritual death with eternal consequences. Jesus’ point here is that everyone stands at the edge of death until repentance occurs. The death in view here is spiritual, not physical.
And repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Verse 47 describes a program of worldwide evangelism. Luke was writing to the Greek-speaking world. He wanted them to know that Christ’s message of God’s love and forgiveness should go to all the world—and that this had been God’s plan from the very beginning. Christ’s gospel has a worldwide scope. God wants all the world to hear the good news of salvation.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Repentance for the Judeans involved rejecting their former attitudes and opinions concerning who Jesus was. In faith they had to accept Him for who He declared Himself to be while on earth, a declaration that was confirmed by His resurrection and ascension. be baptized: When a person recognizes who Jesus Christ really is, the result is the desire is to do what He commands. The first action that Jesus requires of a new believer is baptism (see Matt. 28:19, 20), the outward expression of inward faith. The idea of an unbaptized Christian is foreign to the New Testament (v. 41; 8:12, 36; 9:18; 10:48; 16:15, 33; 18:8). for the remission of sins: Is Peter saying that we must be baptized to receive forgiveness of our sins? Scripture clearly teaches that we are justified by faith alone, not by works (see Rom. 4:1–8; Eph. 2:8, 9). The critical word in this phrase is the word for, which may also be translated “with a view to.”