I will be talking to you about true repentance today. Repentance is a well known subject within the church and there are many things spoken on this subject. I want to talk about some revelations that I believe the Lord has given me. I first want to state that repentance is the key to your relationship with Jesus. Paul has this to say in Hebrews 6:1
Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
Paul states that repentance is the foundational step toward maturity in Christ. Without this foundation laid properly the steps of Faith and Baptisms I believe can easly function out of gifts and not relationship.
Lets look at the strongs definition for repentance
3340 metanoéō (from 3326 /metá, “changed after being with” and 3539 /noiéō, “think”) – properly, “think differently after,” “after a change of mind”; to repent (literally, “think differently afterwards”).
I believe that this is a good place to stop but it means way more then to change your mind. I would step out and say that you must not only change your mind but renew it through beholding Jesus. He is the word made flesh and we are not to be conformed to this world but transformed through the renewing of our minds. I know many who repent “change their mind” only to believe another theology or belief. Their repentance is based upon a rebuke instead of a reconciling. So it becomes a worldly sorrow and not Godly sorrow. Some define repentance as turning a 180 degrees but what or who are they turning to. You can find yourself turning ever direction but to Jesus.
I think that Paul gives a great deffinition on repentance in 2 Corinthians.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is Spirit. 1 Cor 3:18
To look upon or behold Him is to be transformed from glory to glory. Only in beholding Him do we see the heart transformation through the renewing of our mind. The heart that is standing in repentance is a heart that stands in the reality of His Kingdom.
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 3:2
The other thing I want to talk about is forgivness. Repentance is seperate then forgivness. They are connected don’t get me wrong. But they are two very seperate actions.
Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Repent, for the forgivness of sins. The forgivness of sin comes directly from the beholding or abiding. I know many who have said a sinners prayer and never believed in there heart. They received religion not a abiding relationship. They turned to a church not to a savior. So there hearts never receive the new nature of righteousness. They find themselve very frustrated and angry because sin still dominates their heart. Lets look at 1 John for greater insight:
God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:5-7
If we abide in the light as he is in the light His blood cleanses us of all sin. Jesus said that if your eye be single your whole body is filled with light. What I am saying is even if your one degree off your casting a shadow. To truly walk in repentance is to fully gaze into the eyes of your savior. Buzz Aldrin once said that on the mission to the moon once they left the atmosphere they would course correct every 20 minutes till they landed on the moon. He said that sometimes they would be two degrees and other times as much as nighty.
Your life in Christ is going to be a constant course correction till you die. We have to cast off every vain imagination. Every thought must be captured. This allows the mind to be transformed into the mind of Christ. The enemy is after your mind. His plan is to overthrow your identity in righteousness for a sin conscience. To behold Him is to walk in self control which is a fruit of the spirit. As you are in the light sin shall not have dominion over you. You then are walking in the spirit and not of the flesh. For those who walk in the spirit are the sons of God – Paul. We are to walk in the reality of His kingdom. That only becomes reality when He becomes ours.