Biblical Usage of Repentance! Pt4
I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. “I kept back nothing.” Even though he faced dangers everywhere, Paul fearlessly gave the believers everything they needed for their spiritual development. Actually he said, “I did not keep silent in fear of hiding something from you that might be beneficial” (compare v. 27). Repentance is essential to your Salvation!
Acts 26:19-20 “So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. Paul recorded his progress from Damascus to Jerusalem, to Judea, and beyond. Ultimately, his field of endeavor, under the sovereign leadership of God, was the Gentiles. Though the locations changed and the nationalities changed, the message was the same at every stop: “Repent . . . turn to God . . . do deeds consistent with repentance.”
2 Corinthians 7:10
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. Many people are sorry only for the effects of their sins or for being caught. In the original Greek, “sorrow without repentance” literally means “the sorrow of the world.” When people do not channel their grief over their behavior into life-changing actions, it is unproductive grief. It leads to self-pity. But godly sorrow is practical and action-oriented. When a person realizes what he or she has done wrong, that person should not only regret the error but also turn back to God. Only God can empower people to change their ways. Only God can save people from the way sin imprisons them and paralyzes them. Only God can help us turn away from sin and seek salvation.
2 Timothy 2:25
Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, At first, this might seem to suggest that there is some question as to God’s willingness to grant repentance to these people. That, however, is not the case. The fact of the matter is that God is waiting to forgive them if only they will come to Him in confession and repentance. God does not withhold repentance from anyone, but men are so often unwilling to admit that they are wrong.
Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. Paul had once commended the church at Ephesus for its love for God and for others (Ephesians 1:15). That love is pictured at the height from which the church had fallen. Jesus called this church back to love. They needed to repent of their lack of love and do the things they did at first—love as they had originally loved, with enthusiasm and devotion. If they refused to repent, however, Christ said that he would come and remove the church’s lampstand from its place. For Jesus to remove a church’s lampstand from its place would mean the church would cease to be a church.
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.