" . . . repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance."
Acts 26:20

© 1977, 1998 by Diane S. Dew

I.   What does it mean to "repent"?

            To "repent" means to "turn around, to change one's direction."

                    II Chronicles 7:14
                    Isaiah 53:6; 55:7-8
                    Jeremiah 26:3
                    Lamentations 3:40
                    Ezekiel 18 :30-32; 33: 14
                    Matthew 21:29
                    Acts 26:20

      A.   Repentance can be manifested in an outward expression of deep
             sorrow and self-humiliation.

                    Job 42:5-6 "Wherefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes."

                    Psalms 38:3-4, 6, 18 "There is no soundness in my flesh because
                    of Thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.
                    For mine iniquities are gone over mine head; as an heavy burden they
                    are too heavy for me ... I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly;
                    I go mourning all the day long. For I will declare mine iniquity; I will
                    be sorry for my sin."

                    Joel 2:12-13 " ... turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting,
                    and with weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart, and not your
                    garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for He is gracious and
                    merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness ..."

                    Luke 10:13

        B.   But sincerity and emotion are not enough.

                    II Corinthians 7:8-11 " ... I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but
                    that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly
                    manner ... For godly sorrow worketh repentance ... but the sorrow
                    of the world worketh death. For ... ye sorrowed after a godly sort,
                    what carefulness it wrought in you ... yea, what fear, yea, what
                    vehement desire, yea, what zeal ..."

                    Hebrews 12:17 " ... afterward, when he would have inherited the
                    blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance,
                    though he sought it carefully with tears."

II.   Repentance was preached by men of every Biblical age.

      A.   The message of the Old Testament prophets was one of repentance.

                    Jeremiah 3:12-14, 22; 8:6; 18:8; 26:3
                    Jonah 3:9-10
                    Matthew 12:41

      B.   John the Baptist preached repentance.

                    Mark 1:4, 15 (Matthew 3:1-2)
                    Acts 13 :24

      C.   Jesus preached the necessity of repentance.

                    Matthew 4:17
                    Matthew 9:13 (Luke 5:32)
                    Luke 13:3-5

       D.   Jesus taught the apostles to preach repentance.

                    Mark 6:12
                    Luke 24:47

       E.   Leaders of the early church preached it.

                    Mark 6:12
                    Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20

III.   Repentance is necessary for salvation.

                    Luke 13:3, 6
                    Acts 17:30; 20:21
                    II Peter 3:9
                    Revelation 2:5, 22; 9:20-21

       A.    It is God's desire that all men repent and be saved.

                    I Timothy 2:4
                    II Peter 3:9

       B.   Repentance is the gift of God.

                    John 6:44 "No man can come to me, except the Father ...
                    draw him."

                    Acts 11:18 "Then God also to the Gentiles granted repentance
                    unto life."

                    Romans 2:4 " ... the goodness of God leads you to repentance."

                    II Timothy 2 :25 " ... if God peradventure will give them repentance
                    to the acknowledging of the Truth."

                    Revelation 2:21 "And I gave her space to repent of her fornication;
                    and she repented not."

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