The lost word called “Repentance, or lose the sin and gain the faith!
If God came down and spoke to you nose-to-nose, His every word would have the weight of a Montana coal train bearing down as you sit on the tracks petrified in your stalled Ford Escort.
Our minds would hinge on every syllable that proceeded from His mouth and memorize each consecutive word like our brain was being charged by a 12-volt jumper cable attached to each earlobe.
One of the first pieces of life-saving doctrine that proceeded forth from the mouth of Jesus to the masses and individuals was: “Repent, for the kingdom of God is near.”
John the Baptist whom prepared the people and revealed Christ to them and the new kingdom spoke this exact message earlier. He used these words in Matthew 3: 2: “Repent, for the kingdom of God is near.”
After Jesus was told of John’s death, he spoke that same message: “Repent, for the kingdom of God is near.” (Mt. 4: 17) The message was never dropped in the dust, but picked-up and delivered to the people for a redemption bridge that leads to the new kingdom.
Jesus is the sole redeemer of mankind, and as such the context for His life, His conquest on earth, is drawing people to himself and the redemptive work he will accomplish in those that believe (Mark 16:15-16). Repentance is a major step of obedience and new living.
In Acts 2 Peter’s first sermon to the Israelites in Jerusalem produced sorrow. “They were cut to the heart,” and asked “Brothers, what should we do?”
Peter replied: “Repent and be baptized, everyone of you…”
Repent means to: Change one’s mind. A positive change in direction prompted by remorse. An amendment, or ratifying a life of sin to a brand new obedience to God. The context in the New Testament for repentance is turning from sin and running towards a saving-faith in Jesus.
Turning from one direction is always accompanied by facing a new direction. Physics demand it.
We turn from a sorrowful knowledge that our sin is offensive to God and our faith in Jesus embraces a new life that produces joyful existence and pleases God. That changed-life produces fruit in God’s garden. We no longer grow weeds.
Turn from and turn to, repent from sin and embrace an active faith in His Son.