This is the word the Lord has given me. It must be important to Him, therefore it has become important to me.
What does it mean to repent? The term metanoia is a Greek translation which means change in ones ways, or change of heart.
Do we have to repent? The answer is in the Word of God:
but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.Jesus Christ ; Luke 13:3
It is clear that repentance is a necessity.
Within the book of Luke it describes in further detail of these necessities:
“thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations“ (Luke 24:46-47)
To become a born again believer, to be saved by His stripes, our end is much more simple than the cross that Jesus bore for us.
You may be familiar with the ABC’s:
A– Admit you are a sinner, in need of saving.
B– Believe and trust in Jesus Christ.
C– Call on the name of the Lord.
Romans 10:13 (KJV), For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
All of this is good to do. Although I believe emphasizing on repentance and what it is makes it all more worth wild.
Jesus doesn’t just want you to say what people want you to say or read off pages of any book and be done with it.
He desires you to do more than that. He desires not only your words but He desires truth behind the words you are saying to him.
He wants to be able to change your heart, but He cannot do this unless you truly repent with your ~ H e a r t. You have to mean what you say.
Who can be saved?
ALL who call on the Lord. Even you if you are here reading this and you haven’t confessed that Jesus Christ is Lord, yet.
Even the one’s who crucified Jesus were told, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall recieve the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
& this is a Promise that God will not break.
Truly these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness.Acts 17:30-31, NKJV
Read the above passage from Acts carefully. For so long, God has overlooked the ignorance of the people. For so long, people have even claimed that the wicked will just continue on without repercussion. God on the other hand, has a different plan than what was assumed. He will not overlook forever. The world will be judged, and that time is coming.
He has commanded us to repent.
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21, NKJV)
If you love your Father in heaven, you will return to your first love, and obey His requests.
(See: Revelation 2:4|Mark12:30|Matthew 6:24|Psalms37:27)
Pastor Tim Dilena from Times Square Church made a good point from II Chronicles 7:14, it’s not just about coming to God and talking the talk. It’s more than just doing the first part of what it says, but doing what the ENTIRE verse says. The part that many overlook: “turn from their wicked ways“.
You must be willing to surrender. “then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land“. Are we a perfect people? No. God is working through us everyday.
Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ
BUT that does not give us the excuse to not try.
Whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.Acts 3:21, NKJV
God is a God of new. Restoration is His goal. To restore something or someone, One must fix or repair. Although, God cannot do this for you if you do not come to Him and look at the reflection of yourself that you face everyday. His other goal? To reestablish His kingdom and throne.
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Why not turn that fear into hope?
Verses to consider on your own time:
- Exodus 20:6
- Deuteronomy 5:10
- James 1:12
- Revelation 2:5
- Romans 8:28