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Repentance CANNOT save I'm writing on the topic of repentance in regards to salvation because this is a subject that is very misinterpreted today, (even amongst Independent, Fundamental Baptists) and there’s a LOT of false teaching out there under the guise of repentance that is actually teaching a works-based salvation. The mistake that most people make is that, whenever they see the word "repent" in the Bible, they add these words after it: “of your sins”. So whenever they see the word "repent" they just automatically add "of sin"... repent of your sin. In fact, they often think that just the word "repent" means to turn from sin, but the Bible does not teach that, and since the King James Holy Bible is the Word of God, it should be our final authority on doctrine. I've noticed that typically, one can find the meaning of a word used in the Bible by searching for its first appearance, where it is often defined. So before we study repentance in regard to salvation, let’s just get an understanding of what the word "repent" even means in the Bible, by going to its first use. To the best of my knowledge, that is in Exodus 32:12, we have Moses speaking to God: “Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath and repent of this evil against thy people.” So we can see repent means "to turn". Moses is pleading with God to turn from His anger or wrath towards his people. It continues... “Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.” “And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.” That proves that repenting does not mean "repent of your sins" because we KNOW God doesn’t have any sins, God never has sinned and God is perfect in EVERY way ---and yet--- did God repent in this scripture? Yes, He did. He turned..... He turned from one course of action unto another. He didn’t turn from sin, He turned from anger, He turned from his wrath, He turned from the judgement He was going to pour out. So we can be sure that repent does not mean to repent of your sins in order to be saved. It's interesting to note, that if you do a word study on the word "repent" in the King James Bible (the ONLY Bible I will use), you'll discover that the one who "repents" the MOST in the entire Bible is : God! "Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not." (Jonah 3:9-10) “And God saw their works,” What did God see? Works. “ God saw their works,” now he is going to tell us what those works were: “that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.” That right there says when you turn from your evil way, that is your WORKS, so if you believe that a person has to turn from their evil way and believe on Christ, then here’s what you're saying is required to be saved: to believe on Christ and have works! The Bible says salvation is without works and Jonah 3:10 says turning from your sins or turning from your evil ways is works, so that’s why this is such an important doctrine to understand and be clear on! Of course, the devil wants to get you to trust in your works to save you --- this goes all the way back to Cain and Abel, where Cain is trusting his works instead of the blood of the lamb, all the way back to the Tower of Babel, where they’re trying to do their works/build their way to heaven, and all throughout Galatians he warns us: It's a false gospel when you think that you are justified by works, all throughout Romans he tells us we are not justified by works. All throughout the Bible God warns us.. 'trust Christ for salvation, don’t trust works' ! The devil wants to get in the back door, he doesn’t just want to come right out and say, 'trust works!' knowing good and well that the Bible says NOT to trust works, so he wants to deceive you so you think: "Well... it's not works but you do have to repent of your sins", .....OR.... "Well.... I’m not saying it’s works but you can’t just live however you want, you gotta do something right... You gotta at least go to church three times a month or something, I mean you know you gotta do something right?" NO !! You have to do nothing because Jesus did everything, you believe on Christ, HIS works are sufficient, we don’t have to add anything to His works, JESUS CHRIST PAID IT ALL.
from my facebook note: https://www.facebook.com/notes/damon-lee-gang/every-verse-containing-repent-in-some-english-form/10152556451589357 Every Verse Containing Repent In Some English Form June 25, 2014 at 7:14pm (please report any missing verses) Words: Repent, Repented, Repentance, Repenteth, Repenting, Repentest, Repentings Genesis 6:6-7 Exodus 13:17, 32:12, 32:14 Leviticus NONE Numbers 23:19 Deuteronomy 32:36 Joshua NONE Judges 2:18, 21:6, 21:15 Ruth NONE 1 Samuel 15:11, 29, 35 2 Samuel 24:16 1 Kings 8:47 2 Kings NONE 1 Chronicles 21:15 2 Chronicles NONE Ezra NONE Nehemiah NONE Esther NONE JOB 42:6 Psalm 90:13, 110:4, 106:45, 135:14 Proverbs NONE Ecclesiastes NONE Song of Solomon NONE Isaiah NONE Jeremiah 4:28, 8:6, 15:6, 18:8,10, 20:16, 26:3,13,19 , 31:19, 42:10 Lamentations NONE Ezekiel 14:6, 18:30, 24:14 Daniel NONE Hosea 11:8, 13:14 Joel 2:13-14 Amos 7:3,6 OBadiah NONE Jonah 3:10, 4:2 Micah NONE Nahum NONE Habakkuk NONE Zephaniah NONE Haggai NONE Zechariah 8:14 Malachi NONE Matthew 3:2,8,11, 4:17, 9:13, 11:20-21, 12:41, 21:29,32, 27:3 Mark 1:4,15, 2:17, 6:12, Luke 3:3,8, 5:32, 10:13, 11:32, 13:3,5 , 15:7,10, 16:30, 17:3-4, 24:47 John NONE Acts 2:38, 3:19, 5:31, 8:22, 17:30, 11:18, 13:24, 19:4, 20:21, 26:20 Romans 2:4, 11:29, 1 Corinthians NONE 2 Corinthians 7:8-10, 12:21 Galatians NONE Ephesians NONE Philippians NONE Colossians NONE 1 Thessalonians NONE 2 Thessalonians NONE 1 Timothy NONE 2 Timothy 2:25 Titus NONE Philemon NONE Hebrews 6;1-6, 7:21, 12:17 James NONE 1 Peter NONE 2 Peter 3:9 1 John NONE 2 John NONE 3 John NONE Jude NONE Revelation 2:5,16,21,22, 3:3,19, 9:20-21, 16:9,11,
Repent Part 1: A SERIES OF MEDITATIONS ON THE WORD June 26, 2014 at 9:50am Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. People generally don't read really long articles so we will explore and discuss what it means to repent together, in parts. In the days after creation the number of people grew. Mankind was wicked and God was "angry" that the internal thoughts of man were constantly about doing hurt to other people. So the Bible says that "it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart." We see that the word repent in Genesis 6:6 has a primary feeling of REGRET and God has redecided, essentially changed his mind, about creating man. Now move the picture to Exodus. Moses and the Israelites are heading to the promised land. Moses is in the mountain in the presence of God. The people get impatient and make a golden calf and they begin to treat the golden calf as their deliverer from Egypt. God led them out of Egypt strongly and they are crediting a statue! They had a pagan style party and a celebration with the calf overlooking the festivities. In Exo 32:10 God says he is ready to "consume them." Moses intercedes and verse :14 "And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people." The "evil" was not a sin but God was ready to kill those people.Then God changed his mind. In this case there is no regret (he is ready to consume them) but he decided not to do it. We now see in one verse repent is regret with a change in another it is strongly a change of mind. In none of these cases is it turning away from sin. Repent has a range of meanings. The semantic range will grow as you read all 109 verses the word appears in. I will link all the verses using repent at the end. The Israelites are in the promised land. The people start doing what they think is right instead of what God says is right. The Israelites also failed to drive out all the inhabitants of the land. So God stirs up the inhabitants against the disOBedient Israelites. We will recall the Philistines were one of the peoples that gave the Israelites trouble in the book of Judges. The Israelites groaned and complained about all the inhabitants of the land giving them trouble. God's response is, in Judges 2:18, to give the people leaders called judges, to lead and help them and "delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them" In this case we see there is a temporary change of mind about allowing the oppression of the Israelites (the judges weren't permanent) and there was only some regret (the oppressors were not fully dealt with). We now see here that repent is some change of mind and some regret. In another repent was mostly to regret. In another repent was strongly a change of mind. Now, one day a man (Levite) and his "wife" are traveling. It is late and they arrive at a city in the tribe of Benjamin's territory. There is no place to stay but an old man is kind and helps the travelers out. Soon a loud banging is heard where the Levite is staying with his "concubine." The Benjamites forced the stranger to give his "wife" and they abused her all the night long. The nation of Israel is angered and gathers an army and asks for the wicked men that abused the woman. Benjamin refused to turn the men over and Israel goes to war with Benjamin. Nearly the entire tribe of Benjamin is wiped out in the war. When the israelites finally realize the degree of the slaughter they exclaim in Judges 21:6 "And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother, and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day." Primarily this is regret a "what did I do! I can't believe we wiped them out!." They certainly did not change their mind about the war but they regretted the degree to which they defeated the Benjamites. You can say they reconsidered wiping out the Benjamites. But again we see the degree of "change of mind" and "regret" implied by the word "repent" is different. One more illustration. The Judges situation isn't working and the Israelites want someone more permanent. People like Samson were just a temporary solution. God gives them a king instead of judges like Samson. God chooses Saul to be king. Saul messes up and the Bible says (1 Sam 15:35) "the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel" Now, the primary meaning here is regret but includes a change of mind. NOW, BASED ON WHAT WE READ FAST FORWARD TO A VOICE CRYING "Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" Interpreting the above words in light of what the word repent means in our study so far: In this case "for" is a way of saying "because." Also, KINGdom indicates the system and rules and regulations coming under the just and good rule of Jesus Christ. So that verse currently interprets as "change your mind about the system and regulations of this world, possibly regret you even live under the world system, and point yourself to the kingdom under the Lord Jesus Christ". Based on what we studied so far the is no way to get repent of your sins out of that word. Stay tuned as I plan to develop the definition of the word repent with further installments of this meditation on the word repent. reference:https://www.facebook.com/notes/damon-lee-gang/every-verse-containing-repent-in-some-english-form/10152556451589357
Since it is obvious that Repentance is necessary for salvation, we should be concerned with what it is as soul winners, but I wonder how often the word is actual defined properly. Can you define repentance as it relates to salvation with the following 1. Using the lexical meaning of the word and not your own preconceived theological notions of what the word means 2. taking into account the context of biblical passages that contain the word