Biblical Usage of Repentance! Pt3
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, The word translated refreshing refers to restoration of strength and nourishment. Strength is restored when hope is restored. Peter challenged the people to repent and be converted, to change their thinking about Jesus as their Messiah and to serve Him.
God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. Reconciliation with God is impossible without the sacrifice of Christ and the repentance of people. “Repentance” means to turn away from sin. More than just feeling bad about one’s sins, it means desiring to make a change in one’s purpose and direction, along with a heartfelt desire not to sin (see also 2:38). Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, taking sin’s penalty upon himself, people can come to God in repentance and receive forgiveness for their sins.
Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. This conditional statement relates not to God’s ability to forgive sin but to Simon’s willingness to repent. Simon has to cleanse his heart from the intent to buy the gift of the Spirit, and he has to change the course of his life to be in harmony with God.
When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life.” The response was one of praising God as the congregation remarked on the fact that God has also given the Gentiles the privilege of turning from sin and receiving eternal life.
In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. Paul began to wrap up his message, building this statement on all that he had presented thus far and gently correcting where the Greeks had been incorrect: And since this is true, they needed to make some changes. Their thinking had been incorrect. They should not think of God as an idol who could be constructed by human hands. God is profoundly bigger than any idol.
Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” The disciples reveal that they are not true to the teachings of John the Baptist, who made it known that he was the forerunner of the Messiah. They should have listened to the words of John and accepted Jesus as their Messiah. For that reason, Paul refers them to the ministry and the teachings of the Baptist (Matt. 3:11; Acts 1:5; 10:37; 13:24–25).
Allow these scriptures to resonate in your heart today, as you study also; be attentive to the other scriptures surrounding each scripture. We must do these things so; you may mature and be bold in your choice of being a Christian. Most Christians are feeble in their stance for God because they are pathetic in their study time with God in His Word.
Remember, my motto is study to live, don’t study to teach, but teach what you live.