To Change Or Not To Change! That’s the Question!
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
The word repentance, metanoeo in the Greek, means to have a change of mind towards something or someone. It means the turning around from one attitude to another which produces a change in direction. It’s a word related to a reason rather to our emotions, although whatever deeply affects our reason will also touch our emotions.
Repentance, as it relates to Christ, means to change our minds about Him, Who He is and what He has done to provide forgiveness and deliverance from our sins. When we place our faith in Jesus as personally shouldering our sins through His baptism and bearing the penalty due to our sins, then we are automatically repenting. This is because we couldn’t accept Him in this way without having had to change our minds in some way after having heard the Gospel of the water and Spirit.
The essence of the issue is this: you can repent and not believe but you can’t believe and not repent. This is why in the Gospel of John, which was expressively written to bring people to new life in Christ, the condition “believe in Christ” is stated 99 times. However, the word “repent” isn’t used at all in the book.
You may wonder why I have made an issue of this. It’s because I have seen people sitting in the church knowing about Christ work of salvation for them and they said to themselves, “this is really true and I believe it “but then because they didn’t have some deep emotional experience of repenting and getting all worked up, they haven’t been sure whether their belief was sincere enough to save them.
Let’s say, if you are in NCCkl and have heard the Gospel Word of the water and Spirit that makes one sinless and righteous through the baptism and death of Jesus and you are saying to yourself, “this is true and I believe it. I don’t understand it all but I believe what I do understand.” then be assured you have become a child of God. Whether your faith is strong like Abraham’s or weak like Rahab’s, it makes no difference. You have placed it in the right object by putting it in Christ.
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