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How Can Jews Repent

The ACTS 2:38 where the apostle Peter told those who were there," Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ", since this crowd was made of predominately Jewish people what would this repenting and being baptized in the name of Jesus mean to these people?

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A Jew repents(turns to Christ) the same way all peoples do. THROUGH FAITH in HIM...Why is this an issue? iTS NOT through anything else, least of all, works.
---duane on 3/31/08


Jesus came to the Jew first and then the Gentile. If they repented of their sins and believed that Jesus died, was buried, and rose on the thrid day, they too would be saved. Many Jews did believe and were saved. There are Jews today, that recognize Jesus as the Messiah and are saved also. In Acts it says that many were added to the Church daily. A saved Jew is the same as a saved Gentile.
---Debbie on 3/31/08


They were following Judaoism. He was letting them know that they were reason for Christ's crufixion; in this context, although we all are. They were repenting or turining away from Judaoism to Christ. Being baptized in His Name showed it outwardly. Baptism in the Name of Jesus was/is for Jews only.
---Rickey on 6/12/07


At the risk of sounding flippant, a Jewish person would 'repent' the same way any other lost person would. Acknowledge Christ as the one and only Son of God, ask for forgiveness, invite Him into their hearts, and be baptised. Behold, they become new and the old passes away. True believers live a very different life from that point on. Where's the mystery? I'm not sure.
---Criss on 6/6/06


Mima I cannot see where there is any scriptural indication that people from different backgrounds or religions are saved in different ways. There is only one way and that is to accept the gift of salvation offered by Jesus when He died for our sins on the cross of Calvary.
---M.P. on 6/4/06




The only repentance whether Jew or Gentile is to believe on the Lord Jesus and His sacrifice of Himself on the Cross for our sins.
---Helen_5378 on 6/3/06


How is repentance different for Jews than Gentiles?

As it is written: "To the Jew first, but also to the Greek."
---Jack on 6/3/06


Romans 11:23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. Paul stated when the jews turn to jesus to repent of unbelief they will be grafted back as the children of God and the day of the gentiles will be over.
---Exzucuh on 5/11/06


To answer Jacks question. "How does ANYBODY repent?" By allowing for a change in their way of thinking prompted by Godly sorrow. "For Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of:" (2 Cor. 7:10) "The goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance" (Rom. 2:4)
---josef on 5/11/06


Cont. As far as what this call to repentance would mean to them, nothing. Unless they felt the same conviction the people in the prior verse experienced. "Now when they heard this they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Obviously these people recognized their error.
---josef on 5/11/06




"Jewish people" are the offsprings of Judah and those that sojourn with them in Judea and are called jews. These people make up only a small part of the nation of Israel. The people who practice Judaism are also called jews. However I personally believe that those that initiated the cry "Crucify him" Were not of our brother Judah, but rather were kenites (The offsprings of Cain). "Cont"
---josef on 5/11/06


How does ANYBODY repent?

Don't forget, that neither John the Baptist, nor Christians, invented baptism.

It grew out of the Jewish Rite of Mikveh, an immersion in a ritual bath that, as well as done after menstruation and other times, is part of the reception of converts (even infants) into the Jewish faith.

In effect, it's saying, "I know that I can claim no special spiritual standing with God just because I'm physically descended from Abraham."
---JaCK on 5/7/06


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