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Understanding Repentance (Pt. 1)

what does it mean to Repent?

The word Repent or Repentance is translated from the Greek word, "METANOIA" which means "to turn around" or a "change of mind". You will agree with me that before the coming of Jesus Christ, men has been in darkness, men has been held captive in the valley of the shadows of death but at Jesus appearing, He called men unto Repentance, He called those who sat in darkness to "turn around" from darkness unto light, He called those who sat at the region of the shadow of death to "change their mind" and turn to Him.

16. The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:16-17 KJV

Repentance is not change of behaviour but a change in the way of thinking because Jesus is the thought of God, He is God's thinking pattern for man; look at John 1:1

  1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    John 1:1 KJV

"The Word" is translated from the Greek "logos" which means "the logic" or "the thinking pattern". Jesus Christ is the logos, the thinking pattern of God, hence, a call for Repentance is a call to turn away from darkness and to embrace light. Its a call for a change of thought or reasoning.

Repentance happens in the mind, it is not a change in behaviour or character modification.

You've not repented if all you changed was your character or manner of behaviour. Repentance begins by an understanding. Look at Ezekiel 36:26;

  1. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
    Ezekiel 36:26 KJV

By the prophecy of Ezekiel, God promised man a new heart, which is a new understanding, a new mind, a new thinking pattern. Repentance is a call to come out of darkness into light, its also a fulfilment of God's promise to take away the stony heart and to give man a heart of flesh which is His thinking pattern.

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Preaching the gospel is the only medium by which Repentance takes place. The gospel is the logos or the thinking pattern of God, so any man who must turn to God must first align his own thought with God's word. Look at Romans 10: 13-14;

  1. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
  2. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
    Romans 10:13-14 KJV

Nobody is saved by calling the name of the Lord. You're saved because you heard a message that changed your mind and you believed it. It is upon that believe that you confessed the name of the Lord and was saved.

We don't go about telling people to change their behaviours; to stop lying, to stop stealing, to stop fornication… that's far from the gospel of salvation. What we preach is the logos, the thinking pattern of God, because that's all that can change sinners, that's all that can make a sinner to turn away from darkness to light.
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My Character or my Heart?

You've not repented if all you changed was your character or manner of behaviour. Repentance begins by an understanding. Look at Ezekiel 36:26;

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