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Meaning Of Repentance

What is the difference between repent, and repentance or do they have the same meaning? I have never really understood if there is any difference, or for that matter been able to understand the meanings of these words.

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MarkV, you speak falsehood. It is blasphemy to call the saint a sinner, the sheep a goat, and the wheat a tare. The good tree cannot produce sin, because sin is not in the godly, but sin is in the sinner. The flesh of the saint is sanctified even as his soul is holy: "Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly, and may your entire spirit and life and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." II Thes.5:23.
---Eloy on 11/16/10

Duane, do you sin? Yes or no? Very simple. I ask this of all of you who can hear. If you say you still sin then you are a sinner. And if you say you don't, you sin for lying that you don't. Maybe a forgiven sinner but nevertheless sinner. People who sin or sinners. Habitual sin is what the Bible talks about. God knows no one can stop sinning, the very reason we need Christ, not only for our salvation, but all through our lives. Whether sins of commission or sins of omission. No one escapes the sin nature. We all have it. Cannot get rid of it. The flesh will remain with us till we die. Then, and only then will we stop sinning. And at the Second Coming of Christ, we will receive our new bodies prepared for the Lord.
---Mark_V. on 11/16/10

Christians(those who have faith in the Cross/Christ) know they have been set free from sin, they are without sin, perfect in HIS sight.
No sin shall enter, therefore God sent HIS SON to take away sin.
How can anyone still claim to be a sinner and been born again? Saints are not sinners.
---duane on 11/15/10

We all must base our salvation on works. The works of Jesus Christ/Cross. HE made us righteous, dead to sin and alive to God through faith in HIM and those works.
Dont we all believe this?....Praise HIM.
---duane on 11/15/10

I don't understand you. You say that Christians habitually sinning are "not really Christian" and then you say that Christians who are sinning are chastised by God.
Perhaps you can explain at what point is a professing Christian exceeding God's forgiveness limits and thereby showing by their works that they are lost?
Is God's forgiveness limit less than 7 x 70?
Are you saying its better to become saved on your death bed like criminal on cross next to Jesus rather then having to go through life being good enough to prove that you are in fact a Christian?
---Haz27 on 11/15/10

Mark V
On 24/9/10 under topic "What is wilful sin?" you wrote "they were in habitual sin..... then they would identify themselves as the lost."
There were also other blogs you wrote on this. That is why I raised my concerns. But it's ok if you dont think this way anymore.
I agree with you each time you speak of salvation by grace. It is those times such as the example above that I disagree with you because when you consider all the examples of "sin" then all professing Christians would be lost under the "habitual/wilful sin" doctrine.
---Haz27 on 11/15/10

Haz -- What is a doctrine of "habitual" and "wilful" sin? "Professing Christians" with such a lifestyle, are not really Christian at all.... (they may think they are.) You are right it IS unbelief that condemns them (though they may have an intellectual "belief") not their sinful works!. The habitual sin is merely a SYMPTOM of the unbelieving heart.

We ARE saved by grace, not works. Actual Christian believers who sin don't "get by" with anything, because as you say God, "chastises" them. Now, if your claim is that Christians are "sinless", are you not the one who is basing salvation on works? (as being sinless, they now DESERVE Salvation)
---Donna66 on 11/15/10

Haz, you have not been hearing me. I never promote "Habitual sin" Never have and never will. So you have not heard what I have to say very clearly. The fact is that God knows that we will sin. And the reason we have a Mediator in Christ Jesus. Believers in Christ should know that both the soul and the flesh need redemption. As Christians our souls has been redeemed. The flesh will be redeemed when we get our new bodies prepared for eternal life. While we live in the flesh we will struggle with sin, and the fact is that the longer you are a Christian the more knowledgable you are about what sin is in your life. You need to get the facts right Haz. No one is perfect but God. All come short of the glory of God. every single person.
---Mark_V. on 11/15/10

I'm concerned about this "habitual" "wilful" sin doctrine you promote.
Christians forgive 7 x 70 but this "habitual/wilful sin" doctrine claims God wont be so forgiving and suggests professing Christians are unsaved due to exceeding some
limit of wrongdoings throughout their life. So, only those like criminal on the cross next to Jesus are saved because they got saved on their death bed, not having exceeded God's alleged forgiveness limits.

Truth is, it's sin of unbelief the world will be convicted of, John16:9. We are saved by grace, not works.

We have a loving God who chastises for our good. So concerns that Christians get away with wrongdoings, under grace, is unfounded.
---Haz27 on 11/13/10

David, the sinner will not have eternal life, but the forgiven sinner will. You have to get that right. As I said before, you believe you are sinless, you do not have the Truth. You have been deceived. I pray for you so that God will forgive your sins and make you a forgiven sinner. I say this because you still do not understand and we are called believers because of our faith in Christ alone. Not on any works of our own.
---Mark_V. on 11/15/10

David, all forgiven sinners will have eternal life. Because we were saved by Grace through faith, and that is something you cannot understand. Again if you say you are without sin, you deceive youself and the Truth is not in you.
You took a passage out of context to make your point. Jesus was speaking to Jews who had just believe, and was telling them if they abide in His Words they would know the Truth and the Truth would shall make them free, free from the bondage of sin. Believers are no longer in bondage, but they still sin. "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." Read the context. Good try, but you are still deceived.
---Mark_V. on 11/12/10

Mark_V you said 7/10/10 under "Do we pay forsin". "Haz, let me say that we discussed this subject last night in our Bible study class. Many said the same thing you are saying. Others said what I was saying. But our pastor was there and he made it clear, that what you were saying is very true."

In that blog I had been discussing with you scriptures which show that Christians do not "sin" (i.e as defined by God).
---Haz27 on 11/12/10

(Matthew 5:20)
For I tell you, that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

How can our righteousness surpass that of Pharisee's?

Jesus said the Pharisee's were Hypocrites.
Even though they were the teachers of the Law, they did not keep the Law, yet proclaimed their righteousness in the eyes of God.

So, Mark
The only way for us to supass the righteousness of the Pharisee's is to keep the Law, and the only way we can do that is if the Lord Jesus free's us from our Slavery to sin.
But, if you do not believe you are a Slave, there is nothing to free you from.
---David on 11/13/10

David, do as you will, and say what you want, you are still a sinner yourself. Nothing can stop you from sinning. If you think for a moment you are without sin, you are deceived. Walking through life thinking you are glorified already, will only add to your list of sins, for you will think nothing can be sin to you. The fact is that the longer we are in Christ, the more sin we see in our lives, the more we need Christ everyday. But not you. You are perfected already. The more you talk the more you will sin. If not for the righteousness of Christ, not your own righteous, you would be going to hell in a basket.
---Mark_V. on 11/13/10

David-- You said //Can you give me one verse, written in those Gospels, that proves I am a Liar?\\ try these:
Luk 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
Luk 18:13-14 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Which man was justified?
I have more scripture if you want it.
---Donna66 on 11/13/10


More from the Gospels:

Mat 7:3-5 "And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
"Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye', and look, a plank is in your own eye?
"Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

Or do you believe your vision is as clear as the Almighty's?
---Donna66 on 11/13/10

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(John 8:34)
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin."

Do you sin MarK?
If you do, you are a sinner, and if you choose to believe Jesus, you are the servant of sin.
(John 8:35)
"And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever."

Mark, does Jesus say that the sinner will gain Eternal life in this verse?

Now, Since the sinner will not have Eternal Life, those who will have Eternal life, must have their sin removed.(Changed Heart, since sin comes from the Heart)
Mark, I have held your teachings up to the measure of Truth, and those teachings make Jesus the Liar.
---David on 11/12/10

Haz, I don't remember that at anytime I said what you said I said, maybe it was someone else. No one at my gatherings or at my church ever believed they are sinless. That is crazy, Well, I will say not crazy but misinformed. Or deceived. No one can keep all of the laws. That is why there is no salvation without Christ. Only Christ could do that. Why? Because not only was His flesh sinless, since He had no sin nature, but His Spirit was of God and could not possibly sin. All humans have a sin nature. The flesh and the body have to be redeemed. To a believer in Christ his soul is redeemed forever to be with the Lord, but his flesh is still sinful. It will be glorified at the Second Coming when he will receive the new body prepared for heaven.
---Mark_V. on 11/12/10

Haz 2: Anyone claiming he is sinless is claiming his been glorified already. Not biblical. First, sin is defined as "any want of comformity unto, or transgression of, any law of God. Sin is a lack of conformity. Sin of commison is a failure to do what God commands. If God commands us to love our neighbor and we fail, that is sin. When we fail to give someone in need we sin. Or help someone we could have help, it's sin. Third, sin is defined as a transgression of the law. To transgress the law is to cross it's boundaries, to overstep it's limits. Because we have a mind and a will, we are still capable of moral action. When we do what's wrong knowing it is wrong, we choose to disobey God's law and sin. Regeneration, is called transformation.
---Mark_V. on 11/12/10

I know with the word limitations of this forum it is easy to misunderstand what another says sometimes.
But I just want to clarify what you are saying in claiming that, to believe you are sinless you are a liar? You had said in a previous forum that many in your bible study group believed that Christians do not sin and that your pastor explained this to you also.
---Haz27 on 11/11/10

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David, you are a liar if you claim to not sin. I do not have to prove that. ---Mark_V. on 11/11/10

Don't you think it rather strange that You can find nothing, in the Truth, that proves me to be a false teacher?
Four books, four different accounts of what Jesus Christ said in the Gospels, and not a single verse shows me to be a Liar.

Must I remind you Mark, that the teachings of Jesus Christ are the Truth, by which all teachings are to be measured, as to whether they be the Truth or a Lie.

Would you like me to show you my evidence in those Gospels that proves your teachings are false?

---David on 11/11/10

Duane, There are steps to "Do" to "Be In Christ", for many are "Not In Christ" for they have never repented and they are "Still In Adam".
---Eloy on 11/11/10

---duane on 11/11/10 , while I do not want to blow smoke on you I must say that your answers are very encouraging to me.
---mima on 11/11/10

Born again people are set free from sin. We are dead to sin because of Christ. This is the good news. In adam all are sinners, in Christ there is no sin. Salvation is Christ in you.
HE came to free men from bondage(sin). Dont we all believe that?
---duane on 11/11/10

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David, you are a liar if you claim to not sin. I do not have to prove that. It is in Scripture. Those are not my words but those from God. All you have proven is that you have deceived yourself to believing you are sinless, and the truth is in you. Right from the Bible David.
That is what you have proven. No Truth in you. You will continue been deceive because you continue to believe you are sinless. I cannot help you David. The day you believe what God's word says, that day you will know the Truth. "If we say that we have not sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." 1 John 1:8. Clearly a passage you should take to heart.
"For all come short of the glory of God" even you David.
---Mark_V. on 11/11/10

You deny you sin David. You call God a liar. ---Mark_V. on 11/10/10

When I prove a Christian teachers teachings, are a Lie, I use that which everyone knows to be the Truth to reveal that Lie.
That Truth is written in the Gospels of Jesus Christ.

Can you give me one verse, written in those Gospels, that proves I am a Liar?
---David on 11/10/10

David, you know why? Because you yourself do those things, because you still sin and will continue to sin till you die. Your flesh has not been redeemed. You deny you sin, If you deny you sin, then you have no need for Christ. We are also told by God's word,

"If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us"
You deny you sin David. You call God a liar.

But, "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. "And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."
You say you do not sin, you have no Advocate.
---Mark_V. on 11/10/10

David, how do you know I have the same heart? ---Mark_V. on 11/9/10

How do I know?
It is because you teach that those who are born of God, will continue to do evil, and If you, who say you are born of God, didn't do these things, why would you teach others that those born of God will do these things?

---David on 11/10/10

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David, how do you know I have the same heart? Have you seen my heart? Did you see me, fornicate, steal and all those other things? No. These is an answer to the parable in Matt. 15:1-10 concerning the Pharisees, the blind leading the blind, You did not understand the parable either the same as Peter (v.15). Parables are given only to believers so that they can be the only one's who will understand them, you didn't.

Then you threw in Gen. 8:21, which pertains to all mankind. That is everyone who lives. You included. Though you condemn me, Christ has already forgiven me. It is a good thing you are not Christ. We would all be doomed for sure. You must be sinless, who never sins, join Eloy.
---Mark_V. on 11/9/10

God is not mocked, the Lord looks upon the heart and he knows each whom bows before him with a real penitant heart. If you have any alterior motives other than genuine repentance when you are seeking God's forgiveness and restoration, then you will not obtain his grace and salvation, but instead your will remain in your sin and remain separated from him. But when you are honest and true in coming to him to seek for his forgiveness and healing than you will obtain that what you have honestly come to him for: for he is faithful and just to foirgive us sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
---Eloy on 11/9/10

They remain captured by the devil to do his will, not their own will. ---Mark_V. on 11/8/10

(Matthew 15:19)
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

If you believe what Jesus said in this verse, and you still sin, you still have the same heart you were born with.
(Genesis 8:21)
"The imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth."

This being a fact, how is it that you and others claim to be born again, when you still have the same heart you were born with?
The change of the heart from Evil to Good, is why one needs to be born again.
---David on 11/9/10

David, your right on the word "unless" it is a condition. That condition can only be possible if they are granted repentance by God. Check 2 Tim. 2:25,26.
"God may perhaps "grant" that they will repent and come to know the Truth, and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will"
If God does not grant that repentance, they remain captured by the devil to do his will, not their own will.
So yes, unless he repents they will likewise perish.
The context of those passages prophetically warned of the approaching judgment of Israel, which culminated in the catastrophic destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. Thousands were killed by the Romans (Matt. 23:36.
---Mark_V. on 11/8/10

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Duane, Repentance is a Do: and if you Do Not, then you die: "Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each one by your ways, says the Lord Yhwh. Repent, and turn from all your disobedience, so crookedness will not be to you for a block of stumbling. Throw away from you all your disobedience whereby all you have disobeyed in them, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit, for why will you all die, O house of Israel? For I do not desire the death of the one who dies, says the Lord Yhwh, so turn and live you all." Ezk.18:30-32.
---Eloy on 11/8/10

Repentance is something we cant do, its given to us. Its a changed mind and heart. God will change us if we come(turn)/repent to HIM in faith.
---duane on 11/7/10

Alan, I should have made myself clearer. No man will be able to stand before God face to face and accuse Him of such. Man has been left without excuse. My apologies.
---Linda on 11/6/10

As we know, He came to those who sought Him not. That refers to all Gentiles, according to the context of the Scripture. However, not all receive Him. God's choice? No. If He didn't want them to receive Him, He wouldn't have wasted His time coming to them (Gentiles). God has given man a revelation of His wrath against ungodliness, the witness of the conscience and the creation, His only Son sent to die and rise again, the Holy Spirit given to convict man of His unbelief in Christ using the gospel (the death, burial, and ressurection of Jesus Christ), and His testimony in the body of Christ.....He has already done everything that needs to be done. Man chooses to be willingly ignorant.
---Linda on 11/6/10

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Linda's statement made the case for God,
"fail to realize that He came to those who did not seek for Him and was found of them that did not ask for Him"
If those people did not seek Him, why do you say, it was not God's will, but man's free will? You need revelation,

By the way, all descendants of Adam are lost due to God's curse. All need Christ. All sin because they love to sin. God does not make them sin. God knew they would.

I never said,
"And these people dare to claim that those who disagree with them are going to hell?" Just more lies and opinions. God did not make you lie, you did it out of your own heart. You sin because you love to sin and you cannot stop. God knew you would.
---Mark_V. on 11/6/10

"Repent" means "Return" to the Lord, and "Righten" yourself. Get right with God. Always and at all times. Anything that is wrong you make amends. If you have anything against your brother, then Go make it right with him and afterward come again to offer your offering to God, for how can you offer your holy servitude to God when you are harboring anything against another? There are many types of repentance, if it is money, then "Repay" your debt back, if another grudge, then make it right, apologize, offer a gift, an invite, a prayer. Please Read- Ezek.18:4-9,21-23,27-32+ 33:14-20. If you need God's forgiveness then you need to repent directly to him, and you do this through real humble prayer, and fasting.
---Eloy on 11/6/10

Linda ... you say "there is one thing no man with be able to accuse God of and that is of being unjust, unfair, or unloving toward all men"

Come on!! We have seen several here doing it! Or rather they don't admit it.

They say that we behave sinfully because that is the way God planned, through the Fall, which is part of God's predestined history of the world, and that God denies the vast majority of mankind of the opportunity of being saved.

Then they say it is a just punishment for disobedience
---alan8566_of_uk on 11/6/10

David, you said,
"Do you need to repent to be saved?
Jesus says YES,
(Luke 13:3)
"Unless you repent, you too will all perish"
Jesus didn't mean that repentance is the cause of salvation. ---Mark_V. on 11/4/10

What does the word "Unless" mean to you?
For me and many other people, the word "Unless" creates a condition.
You will go to jail, "Unless" you pay your taxes.
You will lose your home, "Unless" you make your morgage payment.
---David on 11/6/10

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Repentance has nothing to do with our behavior in fact our behavior changing is a result of our repentance.
---mima on 11/4/10

I understand that you and many like you believe this to be the case, but in what way have you changed?

I ask this for this reason,
Before you were "saved", you were a sinner, and after you were "saved", you are still a sinner.
Why does one need to be born again, if we remain as we were before the new birth?
---David on 11/6/10

Those questions will never be answered, Alan. They are blinded by their own fear.

They have accused the Holy LORD of creation of being no better than the father of lies. Creating people and pushing them into sin so He can condemn them for it. Deceptively teasing them with salvation, calling upon them to repent and believe in His Savior when He has no intention of forgiving them and restoring them to holiness.

And these people dare to claim that those who disagree with them are going to hell?

What they essentially accuse God of is punishing us for doing exactly as He wills. We cannot resist his will and STILL he punishes us for it.

Even children know this is NOT just.
---JackB on 11/5/10

Alan, there is one thing no man with be able to accuse God of and that is of being unjust, unfair, or unloving toward all men. Those who believe He is any of those things do not really know Him in their hearts but intellectually in their minds. It grieves me that anyone would think those things about our Father. They express the only image of God they know by excluding people from a gospel sent to the whole world and fail to realize that He came to those who did not seek for Him and was found of them that did not ask for Him. His heart is for all to come to repentance but there are those who reject the truth and are willingly ignorant. Bless you, brother.
---Linda on 11/5/10

I am still searching scripture to find ONE Gentile man under the everlasting covenant of God to Abraham and his seed, Jesus CHrist, that was denied salvation.

Im not talking about the Jews. It is evident from scripture that God has divorced them and blinded them to Christ because they didnt seek Gods righteousness by FAITH, but by the law instead.

Find me one man mentioned after Paul was sent to preach the the Gentiles that God turned away.

I want scripture, not opinion!
---JackB on 11/5/10

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"God has not given them the ears to hear, the eyes to see and the heart to perceive"

Now God has the right to not give the ears to those whom He has determined He will not save. God has the right to make men continue in sin and not repent, and to cast them into eternal torture.

Mark says He not only has the right but actually does that.

My questions, often raised but never answered:
If they behave as God has created them and denied them the opportinuity to repent & be saved:
how have they "disobeyed"?
how can it be called "punishment"?
how can it be called "just"?

God's use of words seem to be precisely the opposite of the meanings He has given us to use.
---alan8566_of_uk on 11/5/10

//Repentance is not the cause of the New Birth or regeneration, it is the result or fruit of regeneration. Contrition is a true deep remorse for having offended God.//

And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

Contrition brought about by starvation. He found himself starved and started to reason with himself. He knew his Father would take better care of him and started home.

That is repentance. And what did his Father do. He saw him coming (repenting) and ran towards him, had compassion on him and restored his unworthy child into his family, not as a servant, but as a son!

You cannot throw away repentance
---JackB on 11/5/10

Linda, now you are talking about godly matters.
you said,
"He doesn't convict one and not another because He bears witness to the person and work of Christ, who died for the sins of the whole world."
First of all you are wrong. When people hear the gospel, not everyone is convicted of sin. For many reject the gospel truth. If they had been convicted they would repented of their sin. Christ Atonement is sufficient to save everyone, but His death only covers those who have believed by faith in His Works. It does not atone for everyones sins, since the others do not believe. And will be judge at the Great White Throne of Judgment.
---Mark_V. on 11/5/10

Kathr said,
"JackB, scripture tells us not all men have faith. Faith comes by HEARING, but seems as though many want to exercise their free will NOT TO HEAR!!!"
They don't want to hear the Truth, and you know why? Because they cannot hear. God has not given them the ears to hear, the eyes to see and the heart to perceive. They are not able to see for they cannot give themselves sight. God has to give them sight. And put in them a new heart as He says,
"And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live"
It has to come from God. For without Him you can do nothing.
---Mark_V. on 11/5/10

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//The order is perfectly clear for those who WANT to hear it.
---JackB on 11/5/10//

JackB, scripture tells us not all men have faith. Faith comes by HEARING, but seems as though many want to exercise their free will NOT TO HEAR!!!
---kathr4453 on 11/5/10

//The order is perfectly clear for those who WANT to hear it.
---JackB on 11/5/10//

Acts 2:38 Repentance, baptism, Holy Ghost
Absolutely correct

Acts 10 Repentance, Holy Ghost, Baptism
---michael_e on 11/5/10

Yes, MarkV, and that conviction came in, by, and through the message just as it always does. When the gospel is preached, the Holy Spirit is always faithful to convict a man of his unbelief in the Christ of that message....and He does it without respect of persons. He doesn't convict one and not another because He bears witness to the person and work of Christ, who died for the sins of the whole world.
---Linda on 11/5/10

Act 2:38 does not give the order of salvation,
"Jews after hearing what Peter said v. 36, "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ" verse 37, When they heard this, "they were cut to the heart" The Grk. word "cut" means "Pierce" or "Stab" and thus denotes something sudden and unexpected in grief, remorse, and intense spiritual conviction, after been stunned by Peters indictment that they had killed their Messiah. And so asked Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" That was after they were convicted by the Holy Spirit.
---Mark_V. on 11/5/10

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Acts 2:38

Then Peter said unto them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

Repentance, baptism, Holy Ghost.

The order is perfectly clear for those who WANT to hear it.
---JackB on 11/5/10

//...our behavior changing is a result of our repentance.// --mima on 11/4/10

Amen. mima.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
---aka on 11/5/10

That's like asking, what is the difference between save saved and salvation!!

I believe it depends on how the sentence is structured.


So when Peter said "Repent and believe" ....

Wouldn't is sound silly if Peter said

Repented and Believe

Or Repenting and believe

Or Repentance and Believe.

So there is no difference.

But, one can always look in Strongs to verify definitions!!!
---kathr4453 on 11/5/10

Repentance is necessary for salvation.

The thief on the cross repented he changed his mind.

The woman at the well repented as she gained knowledge of who is the Messiah.

Repentance has nothing to do with our behavior in fact our behavior changing is a result of our repentance.
---mima on 11/4/10

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David, you said,
"Do you need to repent to be saved?
Jesus says YES,
(Luke 13:3)
"Unless you repent, you too will all perish"

Jesus didn't mean that repentance is the cause of salvation. He meant that if you did not repent, you would not be considered saved. Because all those who repent are saved.
Repentance is not the cause of the New Birth or regeneration, it is the result or fruit of regeneration. Contrition is a true deep remorse for having offended God. And that only comes when a person is regenerated and has a new heart. And God promises forgiveness and restoration to all who truly repent.
---Mark_V. on 11/4/10

In the O.T., "sin" would prevent reception of spiritual favor, but now that Jesus destroyed the spiritual value of "sin", the word can only be used as a figure of speech for wrongdoing.

Jesus was the FINAL cleansing for the purification of our souls....
Hebrews 10:2
"no longer have any consciousness of sin".

"REPENTANCE" was performed by simply CLAIMING JESUS AS SAVIOR.

We are not Jews (we do not have a continuous and repetitive "repentance"), we have REST IN JESUS (the Jews never had REST IN JESUS)...

Hebrews 4:3
"They shall never enter my rest,'" although his works were finished from the foundation of the world".
---more_excellent_way on 11/3/10

When we first came to Christ, we were "babes in Christ" and had a FOUNDATION of "REPENTANCE", but now, JESUS must be our ONLY "foundation" (we must no longer perform deeds of righteousness in order to receive "cleansing"/salvation).

Neither should we simply BELIEVE/"faith" that God exists, we should have a "faith for faith" that God is a REWARDER, not a PUNISHER (Romans 1:17, Hebrews 11:6).

The TEXT of the 'Jesus doctrine' will not save us, ONLY THE PERSON JESUS can do that.

Hebrews 6:1
"Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God".
---more_excellent_way on 11/3/10

\\James, what did the Prodigal Son do?

He said .. I will arise and go to my father ... his decision = choice.\\
Alan on 10/30/10

The story of the prodigal son doesn't use the word repent. But, if we look for repentance, it would be in the verse before the one you quoted. Luke 15:17 says "When he came to his senses" There is his repentance. And it does not say "when he decided to come to his senses"

AFTER he came to his senses, he decided to go back. Deciding to go back wasn't repentance, coming to his senses was repentance. He had a change of mind BEFORE he made his decision to go back
---James_L on 11/1/10

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How do I to turn to God?
---Homer on 11/2/10

//Repentance is God given, its a total change of mind and heart.Its overwhelming and instant. Its something that man cannot do on his own.
---duane on 11/1/10//

And God all men everywhere to repent. Just more proof that he is indeed calling all men.

Repentance is a change of mind and heart. If it is a genuine repentance it causes an action. That action is calling up on the Jesus Lord for HIS POWER to change us and turn us from our sins, since He did it perfectly when we could not.
---JackB on 11/1/10

To repent is man turning to God, its mankinds choice, come unto HIM. When man does come before God in faith, the lord will totally change that person.

Repentance is God given, its a total change of mind and heart.Its overwhelming and instant. Its something that man cannot do on his own.
---duane on 11/1/10

May I suggest that repentance is part of the Christian lifestyle. It's a constant course correction, and not just a once-for-all event.
---Cluny on 11/1/10

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There is no difference between the words. They mean to confess with Godly sorrow and turn away from sins, and to change your actions.
---Leslie on 11/1/10

Most people define the word Repent, as when one turns away from sin, and turns toward God.
So when the word Repent is used in the New Testament, it simply means to walk in the ways of the Lord and not in the ways of the world.

Do you need to repent to be saved?
Jesus says YES,
(Luke 13:3)
"Unless you repent, you too will all perish.

But..... According to most church doctrines today, the answer to this question is NO, Or they believe that they can somehow Repent without walking in the ways of the Lord.
So my friend, you must decide between the word of Jesus Christ and the word of Man, as to who is telling you the TRUTH.

---David on 10/31/10

Going through the experience myself, I can say to repent is hearing the Gospel and deciding who I would serve. I turned(repented) towards Jesus Christ. Afterwards on my knees HE gave me repentance(a total change of mind) HE made me a new person in mind and thought.
---duane on 10/30/10

James, I am not going to get into freewill vs. predestination here except to say that God has already given to every man the measure of faith to believe the gospel unto saving faith. For further aspects of this, you can read the other blogs, rather than me wasting time here saying the same thing regarding all God has done to reveal Himself to the unbeliever.
---Linda on 10/30/10

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James L ... On another bog you said "But where is the call to "choose" to believe the gospel? I haven't found it anywhere"

This ties up with what you are saying here.

James, what did the Prodigal Son do?

He said .. I will arise and go to my father ... his decision = choice.
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/30/10

I agree with most of what you said, with the exception of a few elements.

Repentance means "a change of mind"
It does not mean "turn" it means "think differently". The difference is active vs passive. Repentance is passive which means it happens to us, instead of active which means we do it.

Repent means "have a change of mind"
It does not mean we change our own mind, it means our mind is changed by being convinced that something else is better. Again, passive rather than active.

We don't decide to believe in Christ, for the gospel is the power of God for salvation.
---James_L on 10/29/10

Repentance is simply being in a right relationship with God.
What is a right relationship with God?
It is loving God, so much, that sin brings about Godly Sorrow in the sinner, it is "Loving the Lord thy God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind."

How do you know if you have been brought into repentance?
Godly Sorrow will bring you to your knees, in tears, when you sin against God.
This sorrow is not so much felt at the beginning of your relationship, but as your relationship with God develops, you should feel a tremendous shame, when you do sin.

Homer, Read (2 Corinthians 7:8-10)

---David on 10/30/10

We are not able to turn(repent) from sin, but are able to turn towards Jesus Christ who will set us free from sin.
When a sinner repents, he repents(turns) towards God.
We have to go to HIM to rid ourselves of sin. We stay sinners no matter how WE TRY to repent of sin.
---duane on 10/30/10

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It is important to realize that mere sorrow for one's actions or even deep remorse over one's actions, does not constitute genuine repentance unless it is accompanied by a sincere decision to forsake sin that is being 'Committed against God'. And those are the key words, folks, "Committed against God"....This nation is in knee deep sin. If it ever did go to its knees, wouldn't have much time for anything else, but to stay on its knees.
---catherine on 10/30/10

To repent is to change one's mind from one way of thinking to another. Repentance is the noun form. Repentance is not just turning from is also actively turning to something. It is turning from one system of believing to another. For example, just turning from sin is not repentance without turning to Jesus, who is the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world. To turn from trying to be justified by the works of the law to being justified by faith is also repentance. The life of a believer is marked by repenting from the thoughts of an old life in Adam to a new life in Christ. As the mind is renewed, we are transformed ever more into the likeness of Christ.
---Linda on 10/29/10

Repent is a verb, and is something you do.

It's all about being sorry for your sins, really sorry, and turning away from your wilfully sinful life.

Repentance is a noun ... and is what you do when you repent.

I'm sure Pedant would put it much better. Are you there Pedant?
---alan8566_of_uk on 10/29/10

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