The Meaning of Repentance

MONDAY

One of the challenges of Scripture that has caused some debate in the church is the call to repentance. It was the message of John the Baptist:

NAU Matthew 3:2Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

NIV Matthew 3:2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

NKJ Matthew 3:2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

It was also the message of Jesus Christ:

NAU Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

NIV Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

NKJ Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

And it was the message of the Apostles:

NAU Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

NIV Acts 2:38 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.

NKJ Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

In each case ‘repent’ is a COMMAND. As a command by the FORERUNNER of Messiah, by THE Messiah and by the MESSENGERS of the Messiah, we should know what it means to repent!

The Greek word, metavnoew, means to change your mind after understanding the facts. As it relates to the Gospel and in each of the contexts above, it refers to changing your mind about Jesus after you have heard the facts regarding who He is and what He has done. So this week we will be looking at what is means to repent.

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