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Psalm 119:10-11 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not
wander from your commandments! I have stored up your
word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Salvation Sunday: The Importance of Repentance

When I think of Salvation the first thing that comes to mind is the act of repentance. Repent and be baptized it tells us in the book of Acts (Acts 2:38) As I think about this weeks Salvation Sunday post, I am led to the subject of repentance.

So, this week I get a little help from M. G. Easton. The Eastons' Bible Dictionary defines repentance as this:

There are three Greek words used in the New Testament to denote repentance.

  1. The verb metamelomai is used of a change of mind, such as to produce regret or even remorse on account of sin, but not necessarily a change of heart. This word is used with reference to the repentance of Judas (Mat_27:3).
  2. Metanoeo, meaning to change one's mind and purpose, as the result of after knowledge.
  3. This verb, with the cognate noun metanoia, is used of true repentance, a change of mind and purpose and life, to which remission of sin is promised.

Evangelical repentance consists of (1) a true sense of one's own guilt and sinfulness; (2) an apprehension of God's mercy in Christ; (3) an actual hatred of sin (Psa 119:128; Job 42:5, Job 42:6; 2Cor 7:10) and turning from it to God; and (4) a persistent endeavor after a holy life in a walking with God in the way of his commandments.

The true penitent is conscious of guilt (Psa 51:4, Psa 51:9), of pollution (Psa 51:5, Psa 51:7, Psa 51:10), and of helplessness (Psa 51:11; Psa 109:21, Psa 109:22). Thus he apprehends himself to be just what God has always seen him to be and declares him to be. But repentance comprehends not only such a sense of sin, but also an apprehension of mercy, without which there can be no true repentance (Psa 51:1; Psa 130:4).

True Christian repentance is when you have identified your sinfulness before God, you have an understanding that God is merciful, a disgust for your sin, and a desire to pursue God through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Daily In Christ – Salvation Sunday Challenge

If you haven’t done so in your life, now would be a good time to REPENT!

I pray today that you can come to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior.


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