September 12, 2005 Matthew

Doctrine of Repentance

Repentance Defined

Repentance is not simply a decision or choice. It is a death. A God wrought death! And it’s not merely a turning point in one’s life, it is a turning process.

“Bear fruit in keeping with repentance!” (Matt. 3:8)

“The sorrow which God uses means a change of heart and leads to salvation – it is the world’s sorrow that is such a deadly thing.” (2 Cor 7:10)

“And this is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son and trusts in him should have eternal life” (John 6:40)

“The work of God for you,” replied Jesus, “is to believe in the one whom he has sent to you.” (John 6:29)

The Proclamation

Of John the Baptist:

Now in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the deserted places of Judea, saying, Repent! For the kingdom of Heaven has drawn near. (Matthew 3:1-2)

Of Jesus:

From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, Repent! For the kingdom of Heaven has drawn near. (Matthew 4:17)

Then He began to reproach the cities in which most of His powerful acts had occurred, for they did not repent. (Matthew 11:20)

For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him. But the tax-collectors and the harlots believed him. And having seen, you did not repent afterwards to believe him. (Matthew 21:32)

And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time has been fulfilled, and the kingdom of God draws near. Repent and believe in the gospel. (Mark 1:14-15)

No, I say to you, But if you do not repent, you will all perish likewise. (Luke 13:3)

No, I say to you, But if you do not repent, you will all perish likewise. (Luke 13:5)

Jesus’ Twelve were taught to proclaim it:

And going out, they proclaimed that men should repent. (Mark 6:12)

Of Peter:

And Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized, each of you on the name of Jesus Christ to remission of sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)

Therefore, repent, and convert, for the blotting out of your sins, so that times of refreshing may come from the face of the Lord, (Acts 3:19)

Repent, then, from this wickedness of yours, and petition God if perhaps you will be forgiven the thought of your heart. (Acts 8:22)

Of Paul:

Truly, then, God overlooking the times of ignorance, now strictly commands all men everywhere to repent, (Acts 17:30)

but to those first in Damascus, and Jerusalem, and to all the country of Judea, and to the nations, I proclaimed the command to repent and to turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance. (Acts 26:20)

Jesus proclaims it to His Bride (the Church!):

Then remember from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works. And if not, I am coming to you quickly, and will remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. (Revelation 2:5)

Repent! But if not, I will come to you quickly, and I will make war with them by the sword of My mouth. (Revelation 2:16)

And I gave time to her that she might repent of her fornication. And she did not repent. (Revelation 2:21)

Behold, I am throwing her into a bed, and into great affliction those committing adultery with her, unless they repent of their works. (Revelation 2:22)

Then remember how you received and heard, and keep, and repent. If, then, you do not watch, I will come upon you like a thief and you will not at all know what hour I come upon you. (Revelation 3:3)

I, as many “as I love, I rebuke and I chasten.” Be zealous, then, and repent. Prov. 3:12 (Revelation 3:19)

To the Unrepentant

And the rest of men, those not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they will not worship demons, and “golden idols, and silver, and bronze, and stone, and wooden idols, which neither are able to see, nor hear,” nor walk. Dan. 5:23; Psa. 115:4 -7; 135:15-17 (Revelation 9:20)

And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornications, nor of their thefts. (Revelation 9:21)

And men were burned with great heat. And they blasphemed the name of God, the One having authority over these plagues and they did not repent to give Him glory. (Revelation 16:9)

And they blasphemed the God of Heaven, from their pains and from their sores. And they did not repent of their works. (Revelation 16:11)

“But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:3)

To Repent Requires Knowledge of Sin

“Repent! But if not, I will come to you quickly, and I will make war with them by the sword of My mouth!” (Rev. 2:16)

“For the Word of God is living, and powerfully working, and sharper than every two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of both soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge of the thoughts and intentions of the heart…” (Heb 4:12)

“I should never have had sin brought home to me but for the Law. For example, I should never have felt guilty of the sin of coveting if I had not heard the Law saying ‘You shall not covet’. But the sin in me, finding in the commandment an opportunity to express itself, stimulated all my covetous desires. For sin, in the absence of the Law, has no chance to function technically as ‘sin’. As long, then, as I was without the Law I was, spiritually speaking, alive. But when the commandment arrived, sin sprang to life and I ‘died’. The commandment, which was meant to be a direction to life, I found was a sentence to death. The commandment gave sin an opportunity, and without my realising what was happening, it ‘killed’ me.” (Romans 7:7-11)

“Strange a psychological fact as it is, it is nevertheless true that to the carnal nature what is forbidden seems especially desirable. Adam and Eve would hardly have desired the forbidden fruit had it not been forbidden. When sinful men’s freedom is limited, he rages against the limitation. One of the agnostic Ingersoll’s pleas against the Divine government is that it is a limitation of freedom.” (People’s New Testament Commentary)

A painful experience…

“And hearing, they were stabbed in the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men, brothers, What shall we do? (Acts 2:38 “And Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized, each of you on the name of Jesus Christ to remission of sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Act 2:37)

We feel threatened, attacked, and offended within ourselves when people talk about sin. Responses typically go one of a few ways: anger and rebellion, indifference, or spiritual death.

But its worth it…Jesus raises the dead

“But now that we stand clear of the Law, the claims which existed are dissolved by our “death”[spiritual], and we are free to serve God not in the old obedience to the letter of the Law[flesh], but in a new way, in the spirit.” (Rom 7:6)

“If the Son, then, sets you free, you are really free!” (John 8:36)

“And this is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son and trusts in him should have eternal life” (John 6:40)

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