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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Repentance

Updated: Mar 30, 2020

Repentance

II Peter 3

9-The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (KJV).

9-The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent (NLT).

Greek word-metanoia

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance number-3341

Meaning-change of mind, repentance, the state of changing any or all of the elements composing one’s life: attitude, thoughts, and behaviors concerning the demands of GOD for right living; note that this state can refer to the foundational salvation event in Christ, or to on-going repentance in the Christian life.

In second Peter, GOD is waiting and wanting all of us to come to repentance. The Lord wants us to come to a place in our lives where we change our mind about our attitude in light of the fact that we know GOD, how we think about GOD, how we behave while saying we know GOD, and for those who don’t know GOD HE wants them to change their minds about that and get to know HIM.

As we can see, repenting is not saying that we are sorry. It is changing everything about us that causes us to feel bad. This is called compunction; defined as anxiety arising from awareness of guilt, distress of mind over an anticipated action or result, or a twinge of misgiving.

The Blue Letter Bible online defines repentance this way: “Repentance (metanoia, ‘change of mind’) involves a turning with contrition from sin to GOD; the repentant sinner is in the proper condition to accept the divine forgiveness.” (F.F. Bruce. The Acts of the Apostles [Greek Text Commentary], London: Tyndale, 1952, p. 97)

Brother Bruce said that repentance involves “a turning with contrition.” Contrition is feeling or showing sadness, sorrow, or remorse for some sin or shortcoming. It is feeling bad for something you have done. Repentance takes it one step further. When we repent, we not only feel bad for what we have done, we also change our actions. We change our behavior. We change the way we think about what we did, and this new way of thinking causes us to not want to do those things anymore.

This is what happens when a person is truly saved. It is when there is a noticeable difference about you. You don’t go to the same places you used to go. You don’t do the same things you used to do. You don’t say the same things you used to say. You are a different person, and people notice it. Those close to you will remark on the change. They may even joke with you and say things like, “Oh, you’ve found religion.” Or, “You’ve found Jesus.” And how right they are; yet it’s not so much that we have found Him as it is we have finally let Him in because He has been at the door of our hearts knocking.

Revelation 3: 20

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me (KJV).

Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends (NLT).

Those who have opened the door to Christ will experience true repentance in deed and not just word only. It will be obvious to yourself and others that a change for the better has occurred in you. You will begin to care about the things GOD wants more than the things you want.

GOD is saying repent! Change the whole way you think about ME. I am real! I am not just in heaven. I am in you right now, right beside you and all around you. I am GOD! I am the GOD you have been worshipping, the GOD you have been praying to, the GOD of Exodus 24:10-11. I allow you to speak with ME and live! I am the merciful and compassionate GOD!

What response can we have to that other than reverent fear and awe! It is absolute obedience or nothing. Either GOD has all of you or none of you. Revelation 3:15-16 says, 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth (KJV).

15 I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth (NLT)!

GOD wants nothing to do with middle-of-the-road-people. The LORD will have nothing to do with you if you remain in that state. GOD gave HIS whole Son; by covenant law, HE has all of us as well. If GOD does not have all of us then we are in violation of the covenant and subject to death.

Genesis 17

1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee (KJV).

1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. 2 I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.” 7 I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants after you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you (NLT).

Galatians 3: 29

And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise (KJV).

And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you (NLT).

Therefore, we are in a covenant relationship with GOD because we belong to Christ, and this causes us to be Abraham’s descendants and in the same covenant he was in as the verse in Genesis reminds us. A covenant is a binding pledge where each party vows not to break the covenant on pain of death (Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, 355). Look at the mercy of GOD. How often have we not served GOD faithfully and been spared? How often has GOD not been there for us? I’ll wait….

GOD has always been there for us and held up HIS end of the covenant, even if we claim HE has not.

We will close where we started, with II Peter 3.

8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (KJV).

8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment (NLT).

Those of us not fully yielded to GOD are alive for three reasons that the above verses outline: GOD is patient, GOD desires that no one be destroyed, and GOD wants everyone to repent. But, verse 10 tells us that GOD’s patience will not last forever because the day of the LORD’s return will come like a thief. We do not know the time. Therefore, repent, while there still is time. Give your life to GOD and be saved.

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants you to be and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.


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