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  "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." - Mark 16:15 

 

Repentance

Hi there, and thank you for reading.

I wanted to write a little bit of what repentance is.  In the Biblical sense, repentance is really simple!  It's simple terminology, and simple to understand.

Let's take a look at the instruction to 'repent', in the Bible, in the New Testament, in Mark,

'And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.' Mark 1:15
What does the word repent mean, in the Biblical sense?

Let's check our Strong's concordance, for the original word in Greek.
Greek word: metanoeō
Meaning: to change one's mind, i.e. to repent
Verb
to think differently

Repent, in the Biblical sense, means to have a change of mind.  We have a change of mind, from thinking we can save ourself, to realising we cannot save ourself, as we are sinners under the eyes of a Holy God, and a change of mind from not believing, to believing on Jesus, who without sin, sacrificed Himself for our sins, was buried and bodily rose on the third day, which is the Gospel.

What Mark 1:15 is telling us, is to have a change of mind, to believe the Gospel.

What does it not mean?

Let's look at Mark 1:15 in the Easy to Read Version (ERV):

'He said, “The right time is now here. God’s kingdom is very near.  Change your hearts and lives, and believe the Good News!”' (Easy to Read Version -  ERV)

The meaning and the message of the word repent in English has changed through the years, but the meaning of the Biblical word itself - metanoia has not changed, and this is what a student of the Bible concerns him or herself with.

Whereas, in Greek it means, 'to have a change of mind' - to think differently, which was also the case of the English word historically, it now has came to represent in English, to change your heart - your life, as shown in the ERV.  So it is with many false Gospel messages now, such as Paul Washer, John MacArthur, the so called, 'Lordship Salvation',  which requires you to stop sinning in order to be saved.  The Bible is quite clear that we have no self-righteousness, and we are not saved by our works.  We either believe on Jesus entirely - without our works - to be saved, or we try to add our own self-righteousness, and then we're not saved at all, because we're still relying on our works.

Biblically Speaking

Biblically speaking, repent is not about changing your life, but about changing your mind.  Repenting, and believing the Gospel, means having a change of mind, from thinking you can save yourself, to realizing you can't save yourself, and believing on Jesus, who died for your sins, was buried and bodily rose on the third day, as your one and only way to Heaven.

It really is that simple.

And this is where all the confusion comes from today, in regards to being saved.  Is it easy believism?  Is it adding works?  If we were saved by works, then Jesus would not have had to sacrifice Himself.  We are not saved by faith and works, only by an incorrect rendition of the word repent, nor Biblically.  In Ephesians 2:8-9, Paul further clarifies, by stating that we are saved by faith and faith alone, it is a gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast. 

We are saved by doing exactly what Jesus tells us to do - by realizing that we cannot save ourself, and that ONLY by believing on Jesus's payment for our sins, who died on the cross, on His burial, on His resurection, and believing on Jesus and Jesus only for our salvation, through no works of our own, are we saved.

Which is what the Bible tells us.

Living the Christian life, after being saved, is the difference between salvation, and fellowship.  Fellowship is achieved by studying the Bible, living as God wants us to live as we are told through the Bible, bringing us into fellowship with Him.  We are not saved by works, we are saved only by faith.  It is our Christian life after being saved, which continues our fellowship, and builds rewards for us in Heaven (Matthew 6:19).

A person could be saved, but never have fellowship with the Lord, or lose fellowship.  Their life will likely be difficult, as the Holy Spirit chastises them, and they will lack rewards in Heaven, but they will still be saved.  (1 Corinthians 3:15), yet so as by fire.  That person is resting on the Lord, the rock of our salvation.

But, a person may live the Christian life all their lives, and by many accounts, be decent moral people, but, if they have salvation wrong to begin with, never being born again by resting only on Jesus, then it is not built on the rock, but upon the shifting sands (Matthew 7:24,26).

So it is important that we have the foundation right, that we rest upon the Lord.  So it is in the end times, that false prophets arise, corrupting the Gospel.  As Christians, we must be vigilant, and search the scriptures,
“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." - John 5:39











20th December 2017

 

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