Tuesday, March 17, 2015

What Does it Mean to Repent?

Pastor John MacArthur gives a wonderful description of repentance:

“The word repent embodies in it a total turnaround; metaniaho indicates more than just sorrow. It indicates a sorrow that leads to a change of purpose, a change of direction, a change of life, a change of opinion. In fact, Broadus, the commentator, says, ‘Whenever this Greek word is employed in the New Testament, the reference is to changing the mind from sin to holiness. Every time it is employed.’ That is the thrust that it has. It’s really a word synonymous with conversion. A change accompanied by deep sorrow over sin and a turning toward holiness.” John MacArthur

“In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.’ This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:
‘A voice of one calling in the desert,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’” Matthew 3:1-3

“From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.’” Matthew 4:17

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