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Acts 2:41
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41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

Luke 23:42-43
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42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

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Judas repented but still not Saved

Repentance doesn’t mean you are saved

Matthew 27:3-5
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Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.”

And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!

Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.

Height of Presumptuous Pride

  • Judas could have waited few more hours, for Jesus.
  • Jesus would have hanged for Him, that He didn’t need to hang
  • People used to say
    • “I rather die rather than receive forgiveness”
    • “I rather pay myself than someone pay for me”

Most Printed Gospel doesn’t have the word “Repent”

Gospel of John

  • Gospel of John is the most printed Gospel
  • Gospel of John doesn’t use the word “Repent” anywhere

Believing ONLY 

  • Not Repenting and Beleiving

John 20:31
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31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

 

 

Believing Only

NOT Repenting and Believing

John 20:31
New King James Version (NKJV)

31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

  • Believing/Believe : Appears 85 times in the Book of John
  • Most Printed Gospel Book is the Gospel of John
  • “Repent” Word is not used in this whole Gospel of John
  • Believing is actually repenting, its basically change of Mind
  • Lets not make Repentance as a work towards Salvation

Paul Preaching Gospel in Antioch

Acts 13:38-39
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38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

  • Paul didn’t use the word repent
  • Many of those People wanted to hear the message again, Obviously people have repented.

Peter Preaching in Solomon’s Portico to Jews

Acts 3:13-20
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13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go. 14 But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. 16 And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

17 “Yet now, brethren, I know that you did it in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,

What is Repentance in this passage?

Before

Jews used to think :

  • Denied the Holy One and the Just, and
  • asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
  • 15 and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.

After

  • Accept the Holy One, and the Just
  • Accept Jesus is the Prince of Life

Changing your mind from Before to After is called Repentance

  • Repentance means Change of Mind.

Peter didn’t use “Repent” in Cornelius House

Repentance to Life

  • In this below passage Repentance was not used

Acts 10:43-44
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43 To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”

44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.

Peter in Jerusalem regarding reaching to Gentiles

Acts 11:1-4
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11 Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision contended with him, saying, “You went in to uncircumcised men and ate with them!”

But Peter explained it to them in order from the beginning, saying:

Acts 11:15-18
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15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?”

18 When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”

Many times in Gospel the word “Repentance” is not there. 

Does that means Repentance is not happening? 

  • Repentance means Metanoia, which means Change of Mind
  • Changing of Mind is still happening.

Repentance of the Disciples

Transformation

John 20:19-20
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The Apostles Commissioned

19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

  1. sin (fear)
  2. Jesus introduced
    1. “Peace be with you”
    2. Divine receipt that we are made Righteous once and for all ( He showed them His hands and His side )
  3. Disciples were glad ( Repentance from sin )

Other Examples of Repentance

  1. Father carrying the Lost sheep
  2. Father running towards the Prodigal son before he say anything
  3. Finding the lost coin
  4. Jesus visiting Zacchaeus House

Fear is a sin

Revelation 21:8
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But the cowardly(the fearful), unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

 

New Covenant Repentance

Repentance

  • Repentance in Greek Metanoia which means Change of Mind

Paul went everywhere preaching Repentance toward God

  • Its NOT about Repentance about you
  • Its NOT about Repentance about your behavior
  • Its NOT about Repentance about your actions
  • Its NOT about Repentance about your deeds

Repentance about you, your behaviour, your actions, your deeds is self occupation

Repentance Towards God

  • Paul went on preaching, Repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ

Acts 20:20-21

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20 how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, 21 testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

True Repentance

  • True Repentance is the fresh Revelation of The Lord Jesus Christ

Old Covenant Repentance

  • List all sins one by one for Repentance
  • We used to think God is against us
  • God is mad at us
  • God is out there to find fault with us

New Covenant Repentance

  • Thinking God is for us
  • Not out to find fault with us
  • Out to bless us
  • God doesn’t hate us
  • God is not mad at us
  • God loves us

Healing for the Unbelievers

James 5:14-15
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14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

For Believers

  • Sins are forgive ( Perfect Tense ) once for an all. The act doesn’t need to be repeated again

For Unbelievers

  • Sins have ( Future Tense ) to be forgiven,

James 5:15 for sick Unbelievers

  • James 5:15 speaks about the healing of Unbelievers, because they are yet to be forgiven.
  • For Believers there would be no sins to be forgiven for, because all their sins where forgiven once and for all, on the same time when they believed that Christ Died for their sins.