CALLED TO REPENTANCE


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The law keepers preach a repentance of works which they interpret as ceasing from sin by turning over a new leaf and then coming to God. THIS IS NOT NEW TESTAMENT REPENTANCE! Rather it is a very subtle works doctrine.

This doctrine is spiritually dangerous as it teaches that one must make Jesus the Lord of his life before he can become Saviour. That is the opposite of the gospel. The gospel says Jesus must become Saviour in your life and then he will become Lord in your life !

Repentance is a gift of God. The only thing that saves a person in sin is the blood of Jesus. The new covenant is not based on keeping the law of Moses.  Rather the Bible says that repentance is granted by the Lord. It is not turning from sin of your own ability because that would mean you must be good before you can be a Christian and the Bible tells us that none are good.

REPENTANCE IS ACKNOWLEGING THE TRUTH OF ONES SINFUL CONDITION ! NOT KEEPING THE LAW !

In the New Testament, the word translated as ‘repentance’ is the Greek word metanoia, which means  “after or behind one’s mind”.  This is a compound word of the preposition ‘meta’ (after, with), and the verb ‘noeo’ (to perceive, to think, the result of perceiving or observing).

In this compound word the preposition combines the two meanings of time and change, so that the whole compound means: ‘to think differently after’. Metanoia therefore is an after-thought, different from the former thought.  A change of mind accompanied by regret and change of conduct, “change of mind and heart”, or, “change of consciousness”. (Wipekedia)

When one becomes born again of the Holy Spirit he then becomes repentant !

Act 11:18 When they heard these things they held their peace , and glorified God saying. Then hath God also to the Gentiles GRANTED REPENTANCE unto life

Act 19:4 Then said Paul , John verily baptized with the BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE saying unto the people , that they SHOULD BELIEVE on him which should come after him that is , on Christ Jesus .

Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering not knowing that the goodness of GOD LEADETH THEE TO repentance ?

2Ti 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves ; if God peradventure WILL GIVE THEM REPENTANCE to the acknowledging of the truth

The Gospel of Jesus Christ which calls for repentance also produces it. When the people of Nineveh (Jonah 3:5-10) heard the preaching of the word of God by Jonah they believed the message and turned unto God.

God calls all to repent through the hearing of the Gospel. God grants total repentance as each individual responds to repentance through faith in the the sacrifice of Jesus for all sin.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

Repentance is given as a gift by God. One cannot show true change in his life before he himself has been changed  by God in order to bring about the fruit which reveals a changed heart.

You must be born again, born of God to be saved. God must give you a new nature in Christ before a life of repentance can be manifested !

And you hath he quickened,(made alive) who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” Ephesians 2:1,2

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” 1st Corinthians 2:14.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:23

When we have acknowledged our sin before God then repentance is worked in the heart by the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 9:13, God calls us to REPENTANCE. (metanoia- change of mind, as it appears to one who repents, of a purpose he has formed or of something he has done)

Acts 5: 31, says it is God who gives repentance. This scripture means, didōmi in the Greek….to bestow a gift. Just as God gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey him (receive the truth) so does he give repentance. It is the same word used.

The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for TO GIVE REPENTANCE to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. Acts 5: 31

And again in Acts 11: 16-18 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.For as much then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles GRANTED REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE.

TRUE REPENTANCE according to scripture is brought about by having godly sorrow for sin(s)…..GODLY in this verse is theos -(refers to the things of God, his counsels, interests, things due to him,likened unto God, or resemble him in any way.) So we can see that godly sorrow is wrought by God to bring the heart into conformity to the things that are God like as shown in this scripture.

Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.For GODLY SORROW worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. 2 Corinthians 7:9-11.

This scripture also shows us that there is another type of sorrow for sins and that is the SORROW OF THE WORLD which works death in an individual. The word sorrow in this verse is lypē-pain, grief, annoyance, affliction ,of persons mourning.

The word “world” kosmos -in this verse means the ungodly multitude.  The whole of the humans race alienated from God, and therefore hostile to Jesus Christ.  World affairs, the aggregate of things earthly.

So we can see that “worldly sorrow” is not repentance because it produces no Godly characteristics and it leads only to death.

Godly sorrow on the other hand produces repentance unto life. So, if we do not see Godlike fruit produced in the person by the turning away from his/her sin on a continual basis we know through scripture that their is no godly sorrow and therefore no true repentance and thus no real conversion. That is why we must judge fruit over a period of time. However, just because some one has little green apples it does not mean that there is no fruit, only immaturity. With time fruit will either grow or it will not. Time will tell.

“And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved 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 among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:46,47

So now that we have learned from scriptures that repentance is a gift bestowed by God and that true repentance produces godly character, we need to know how repentance is wrought in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. First of all scriptures say that God the Father calls us to repentance. The Greek word for call is kaleō which means to call out with a loud voice as well as to name some one. If you remember when God called Abraham , he called him OUT of the land of UR and by faith Abraham went out. In the same way God calls his elect OUT OF DARKNESS AND INTO HIS marvelous LIGHT according to scripture.

But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light  1 Peter 2:9

Scriptures also tell us that God calls sinners to repentance BUT he does not call the righteous or in other words he calls those who recognize their sinful state by the light of the Holy Spirit,  but those who do not recognize their sinful state and are self righteous, and those he does not call.

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. ” Mark 2:17

So we can see that repentance first of all comes about by recognizing one’s sin, this is being CALLED TO REPENTANCE. This is confirmed by the fact that when the gospel was preached by the apostles they TESTIFIED ( diamartyromai-attest to, confirm, cause to believe. ) concerning REPENTANCE TOWARDS GOD and faith towards Jesus Christ.

And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, REPENTANCE TOWARD GOD and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. 20, 21

The disciples testified that God was granting repentance unto life. Repentance is a part of the gospel message. When God calls someone to repentance (change of heart) he gives them the ability by his Spirit to recognize their sin and repent, (turn to God with their whole heart ) .

Blessings in Jesus brethren!

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SAVED TO THE UTTERMOST!

GRACE2083729 SAVING FAITH IS THE ABILITY GIVEN BY GOD TO BELIEVE THE GOSPEL. CAN MAN HAVE FAITH APART FROM GOD? Man can have faith or trust in something other than God but man cannot have faith in God without the born again experience. It is the new birth that brings the kind of faith that saves to the uttermost. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. Hebrews 10:39 The Holy Spirit convicts (convinces) of sin, righteousness and judgment. When the sinner recognizes that he is doomed to hell with no hope in the world and cries out to God, “What can I do to be saved?” Then God comes on the scene and saves to the uttermost. Where he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25. An unrepentant person may have faith in Jesus but not to the saving of the soul. He may believe in the gospel message BUT has no desire to be delivered from his sin. This person is a hearer of the gospel but not a doer. In other words he heard the gospel message and believed it to be true but was not convinced of his need to be free from his sin. Many times this is what happens when the “easy believism” gospel is preached. The sinner wants all the blessings and eternal life but he still loves his sin! This is not a true Christian. Nor is this a so called “carnal Christian.” What it is, is a false conversion and churches are full of these people. These false converts could even be preachers! They preach the perverted gospel that they were converted to. That if we are saved we can still live in sin and be saved. Now that does not mean that Christians are perfected but what it does mean is that faith in Jesus Christ spurs us on to perfection by the Holy Spirit who lives in us! SAVING FAITH COMES THROUGH THE INCORUPTABLE WORD OF GOD BEING RECEIVED BY GRACE IN THE SPIRIT OF MAN WHICH COMES ALIVE BY THE HOLY GHOST CREATING THE NEW CREATURE. ONE WHO IS NO LONGER DEAD IN SIN BUT ALIVE THROUGH GOD! Those who are in Christ are forgiven from sin and have been given power over sin by the Holy Spirit who dwells in them! The true Christian hates his sin and yields (surrenders) to God so that he is changed from one degree of God’s glory into another day by day! Do you really think that God is a God of miracles? Can he heal the sick? Make the blind see? Why then can you not believe that God can do a miracle in the new birth experience and make new creatures in Jesus Christ? Jesus said that the same power that rose Christ from the dead lives in his people! That same power can transform you and make you what God wants you to be! He has promised in his word to save you to the uttermost! Believe him! Not only can the Lord save you from your sin before you were a Christian but he can save you from your sin while you are a Christian! Sin is an enemy and Jesus can defeat all his enemies! Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses. Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross. And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.Colossians 2:12-16

What is a True Christian?

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It is not enough to believe in God (Jesus) and it is not enough to be sorry for ones sins in order to be saved. That is a part of the process of salvation but it does not constitute salvation. God’s word is the standard for the salvation experience.

Some who frequent churches and call themselves Christians may only really be humanitarians that have been intellectually converted to the gospel or to a false gospel that does not coincide with the scriptures. They are not real Christians in the true sense of the word.

A true Christian is one who has had the born again experience. Without the regeneration process that is miraculously worked within the spirit of man by the Holy Spirit one cannot be saved.
John calls this miracle the BORN OF GOD experience. This is where a person receives from the Holy Spirit a new birth where the spirit of man is transformed into the new creation.

The Adamic spirit is separated from God because of sin at ones natural birth and must be reconciled to God through the new birth for salvation to occur. How does this happen? By a sovereign work of God called election.

God the Father calls and chooses who he has ordained for eternal life and reveals himself by his word to that person who through the impartation of the gift of saving faith becomes quickened and made alive by the power of the Holy Spirit, unto God. In other words he/she is raised from the dead in sin and made alive unto God in righteousness and true holiness.

“And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” Acts 13:48

John 1: 12, 13– But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God

John 3:3 – Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

1 Peter 1:23 – Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Romans 6:4 – Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

An intellectual conversion to the gospel is not salvation according to scripture. Nor is sorrow for sin. True repentance is a gift that turns one into a disciple of Jesus Christ who lives and acts like his master, JESUS. That is why Jesus said in his word to test the fruit. This is because not all who claim to belong to God actually do.

Even the devils can preach the gospel and even the devils can have intellectual belief in Jesus.  Even the devils can give to the poor and do miracles. (All attested to by scripture) but no devil will be filled with the Holy Spirit  surrendered to Jesus Christ. No devil will count his life not his own but be a slave to righteousness and no devil will be dead to sin and in submission to God with bended knee.

No devil will care for the salvation of souls and no devil will intercede for souls laying down his life for souls. No devil will be a servant taking last place.  No devil will turn the other cheek to oppression, no devil will die to exertion of all rights and be a vessel of honor to live for Jesus and die to self daily. No devil will live as if Jesus is Lord of their life. No devil will glorify Jesus by giving all glory, honor and praise to him not only with the mouth but by the actions of the life of a servant.

Maranatha brethren!

Conversion Produces Repentance.

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If a person is really converted to Jesus Christ they will then repent of their sins and produce fruits of righteousness.

Conversion means “to cause to return, to bring back to the love and obedience of God” and is the result of repentance which means “to turn away from sin and turn towards God,” which is the result of godly sorrow which means to be remorseful for sin. The end result of conversion is godliness or behavior that is God like.”

When godly sorrow produced by the conviction of the Holy Spirit works repentance in the heart (spirit of man), it is not repented of by God.(undone, change of mind)

According to the bible, the gifts and callings that he bestows on individuals are not repentant of or in other words, God never takes them back. This gift of grace leads to a converted heart(changed spirit) which comes about by the Holy Spirit who reveals the truth about man’s sinful state. (2Ti 2:25) Then FAITH is produced, comes by hearing and the ability to hear by God’s revealed word.(rhema)

Take a look at these scriptures.

“In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure(PERHAPS) will GIVE THEM repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2 Timothy 2:25,26

“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10

As we can see through the scriptures; the calling and drawing, godly sorrow, repentance and conversion, are all gifts from God. They are not a work of man. That is they do not originate in man nor are they a product of men’s labor. A gift simply is bestowed and not earned, given freely without price of any kind.

Now, take a close look at this scripture.

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by GRACE ( charis – good will, loving-kindness, favour, mercy) are ye saved through FAITH ( pistis- conviction of the truth relating to God with the predominate idea of trust or confidence in) and that NOT OF YOURSELVES( not of hymōn-you or yours or self) it is the GIFT ( dōron-present, offering) of God: NOT OF WORKS (Not of -ergon- business, employment, enterprise, undertaking, production an act, deed, thing done) lest any man should BOAST. (SO THAT NO ONE CAN kauchaomai-to glory on account of a thing)

For we are HIS WORKMANSHIP( poiēma-the works of God as creation ) CREATED (ktizō- to form, shape, i.e. to completely change or transform) IN Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ORDAINED ( proetoimazō- to prepare before, to make ready beforehand) that we should walk in them.Ephesians 2:7-10

“And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” Romans 11:6

True repentance results in conversion of the heart or in other words a born again spirit which is bestowed freely by turning to God (by being drawn through the Holy Spirit)through Christ alone for salvation as scriptures teach.

Having a belief in the mind in non scriptural doctrine or man made principles is not really conversion, nor is having man made faith (belief in the mind) in one’s faith (ability to drum up belief in the mind) nor is having faith (man originated belief) in ones own ability, works, or merit, to achieve righteousness. Real Faith must be in the truth of God’s word and not in misinterpretation of scriptures, which is adding to, or taking away from God’s word.

True Salvation occurs when faith is given by God to believe Jesus as the way, the TRUTH and the life which is revealed in scripture as well as the ability to trust and rely upon God in every way.

Scriptures declare that the devils believe, yes it is true Satan believes the gospel ! All the devils believe the gospel ! They witnessed Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the dead ! But believing with the mind or knowledge about the gospel is not proof of salvation for as scriptures declare, even the devils believe.

Did you know that some of the cults believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead? Also,some in the world may even believe in Jesus as a historical figure but saving faith must produce fruit unto salvation and what I mean by fruit is this: the faith that one has must be scripturally based and produce results of truth and godliness (living as scriptures declare)

In other words, if one believes in Jesus but does not believe the scriptures on all points then they are not in the Faith. Why? Because if one is a true believer they will also believe in Jesus’s teaching.

Salvation is also not based on our good deeds either. Humanitarians do many good deeds. They give to the needy and help the unfortunate but they are not saved !Salvation is believing(having faith) in God’s word.

Have you ever heard the expression, I believe in you!” ?

This means, I trust in you, have confidence in you as who you are and what you say, not just that I believe you exist.

And if Christ be not risen , then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up , if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised : And if Christ be not raised , your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
1 Corinthians 15:14-17

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.1 Corinthians 2:5

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved And hath raised us up together , and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast . For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:4-11

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.Hebrews 12:2

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.Romans 10:17

Intellectual belief in the mind is the faith the devil and all his henchmen have BUT they do not have SAVING FAITH. Thou believest, the devils also believe and tremble.James 2:19

SAVING FAITH pisteuō – to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something: saving faith means to entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity, to be intrusted with a thing, used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul.

CAN YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE NOW?

Saving faith is the GIFT of God which results in repentance, conversion unto salvation AND NOT INTELLECTUAL FAITH OR BELIEF (knowledge of)

In conclusion, true conversion is the result of receiving saving faith in Jesus Christ as Savior which is a gift to the saving of the soul and this faith leads to repentance and godly living.

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CALLED TO REPENTANCE

Law keepers preach a repentance of works by ceasing from sin, turning over a new leaf and then coming to God. THIS IS NOT NEW TESTAMENT REPENTANCE but rather a very subtle works doctrine, called in theological terms,”The Lordship salvation doctrine”

This doctrine is spiritually dangerous as it teaches that one must make Jesus Lord of his life before he can become Saviour. That is the opposite of the gospel. The gospel says Jesus must become Saviour in your life and then he will become Lord in your life !

Repentance is a gift of God. If you feel you repented of your own ability then you are in pride and obviously in works. The only thing that saves is the blood of Jesus and this new covenant is not based on keeping the law…which is the type of repentance that the law keepers preach. Rather the bible says repentance is granted by the Lord, it is not turning from sin of your own ability because that would mean you must be good before you can be a Christian. The Lordship salvation doctrine is false doctrine as the bible says there is none good, none seeks after God, they are unprofitable and all corrupt.

Act 11:18 When they heard these things they held their peace , and glorified God saying. Then hath God also to the Gentiles GRANTED REPENTANCE unto life

Act 19:4 Then said Paul , John verily baptized with the BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE saying unto the people , that they SHOULD BELIEVE on him which should come after him that is , on Christ Jesus .

Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering not knowing that the goodness of GOD LEADETH THEE TO repentance ?

2Ti 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves ; if God peradventure WILL GIVE THEM REPENTANCE to the acknowledging of the truth

REPENTANCE IS ACKNOWLEGING THE TRUTH ! NOT KEEPING THE LAW !

The New Testament, the word translated as ‘repentance’ is the Greek word metanoia, “after or behind one’s mind”, which is a compound word of the preposition ‘meta’ (after, with), and the verb ‘noeo’ (to perceive, to think, the result of perceiving or observing).

In this compound word the preposition combines the two meanings of time and change, which may be denoted by ‘after’ and ‘different’; so that the whole compound means: ‘to think differently after’. Metanoia is therefore primarily an after-thought, different from the former thought; a change of mind accompanied by regret and change of conduct, “change of mind and heart”, or, “change of consciousness”. (Wipekedia)

When one becomes born again of the holy Spirit he then becomes repentant !

The Gospel of Jesus Christ which calls for repentance also produces it. When the people of Nineveh (Jonah 3:5-10) heard the preaching of the word of God by Jonah they believed the message and turned unto God. Not any message, but the Gospel is the instrument that God uses to bring about repentance,

God calls all to repent through the hearing of the Gospel. God grants total repentance as each individual responds to repentance through faith in the the sacrifice of Jesus for all sin.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

Repentance is given by God. One cannot show true change in his life before he himself has changed [repented] to bring about the fruit of that change/repentance.

You must be born again, born of God, given a new nature in Christ before a life of repentance can be manifested !

“And you hath he quickened,(made alive) who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” Ephesians 2:1,2

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” 1st Corinthians 2:14.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:23

When we have acknowledged our sin and confessed it then we have come to a place where repentance must be worked in our hearts by the holy Spirit. According to Matthew 9:13, God calls us to REPENTANCE. (metanoia- change of mind, as it appears to one who repents, of a purpose he has formed or of something he has done)

According to Acts 5: 31, it is God who gives repentance. Give in this scripture means didōmi in the Greek….to bestow a gift. Just as God gives the holy Spirit to those who obey him (receive the truth)so does he give repentance. It is the same word used.

The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for TO GIVE REPENTANCE to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. Acts 5: 31

And again in Acts 11: 16-18 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.For as much then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles GRANTED REPENTANCE UNTO LIFE.

Now having established through scriptures that repentance is a gift bestowed by God on an individual how exactly does one receive repentance from sin you may ask. TRUE REPENTANCE according to scripture is brought about by having godly sorrow for sin(s)…..GODLY in this verse is theos -(refers to the things of God, his counsels, interests, things due to him,likened unto God, or resemble him in any way.) So we can see that godly sorrow is wrought by God to bring the heart into conformity to the things that are God like as shown in this scripture.

” Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.For GODLY SORROW worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.” 2 Corinthians 7:9-11.
That scripture also shows us that their is another type of sorrow for sins and that is the SORROW OF THE WORLD which works death in an individual. The word sorrow in this verse is lypē-pain, grief, annoyance, affliction ,of persons mourning.

The word “world” kosmos -in this verse means the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ, world affairs, the aggregate of things earthly.

So we can see that worldly sorrow is not repentance because it produces no Godly characteristics and it leads to death.

Godly sorrow on the other hand produces repentance unto life. so if we do not see Godlike fruit produced in the person by the turning away from his/her sin we know through scripture that their is no godly sorrow and therefore no true repentance. More tomorrow on this subject where we shall talk about how exactly God works out his repentance in our hearts according to scriptures. “And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved 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 among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24:46,47

So now that we have learned from scriptures that repentance is a gift bestowed by God and that true repentance produces godly character,we need to know how repentance is wrought in our hearts by the holy Spirit. First of all scriptures say that God the Father calls us to repentance. The Greek word for call is kaleō which means to call out with a loud voice as well as to name some one. If you remember when God called Abraham , he called him OUT of the land of UR and by faith Abraham went out.In the same way God calls his chosen OUT OF DARKNESS AND INTO HIS marvellous LIGHT according to scripture. ” But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light ” 1 Peter 2:9

Scriptures also tell us that God calls sinners to repentance BUT he does not call the righteous or in other words he calls those who recognize their sinful state but those who do not recognize their sinful state he does not call. ” When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. ” Mark 2:17

So we can see that repentance first of all comes about by recognizing one’s sin and then being CALLED TO REPENTANCE. This is confirmed by the fact that when the gospel was preached by the apostles they TESTIFIED ( diamartyromai-attest to, confirm, cause to believe. ) concerning REPENTANCE TOWARDS GOD and faith towards Jesus Christ. ” And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, REPENTANCE TOWARD GOD and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” 20, 21

The disciples testified that God was granting repentance unto life. Repentance is a part of the gospel message. When God calls someone to repentance (change of heart) he gives them the ability by his Spirit to recognize their sin and repent towards God.