Beginner’s Discipleship Class 30a : Repentance, Easy Believism And Lordship Salvation

Apr 4, 2020

Repentance means ‘change of mind’. It does not mean turn from sin.

Lord repented not because He sinned, but there’s a change of mind.

Gen 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

Repentance is done in 3 categories:

  1. General one. It’s just a change of mind over anything in general.
    This repentance/change of mind has nothing to do with their sinful nature.

    Exo 13:17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:

  2. Concerning sin

    Rev 2:15-16 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

  3. Salvation
    This cannot be constantly repeated.
    Here we are as a sinner who recognizes our lost sinful nature and we have a change of mind about that which we now turn to Jesus Christ to believe and receive Him for our salvation.
    There’s a change of mind from a lost sinner to a saved saint.

    2 Cor 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Salvation And Repentance

2 Cor 7:9-10 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

There are 2 types of repentance concerning salvation:

  1. Worldly sorrow
    That’s just being sorry
  2. Godly sorrow
    Being sorry according to a godly manner, according to God’s way

Everyone can feel sorry for what they have done (worldly sorrow) but here’s a difference when we are sorry according to God’s way. We are sorry for what we are, not for what we have done. Everyone can feel sorry over some specific sins that they’ve done but we shouldn’t be just feeling sorry for those things. Everything that we are is a lost sinner on our way to hell.

They’ve realized how wicked they are that when they repented, they are sorry not just for what they’ve done but also realizing who they are.

Job 42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Isa 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

We recognize who we are, how wicked we are and that there is no other solution to turn to. We can’t clean up our own life, we can’t commit suicide except to put our faith in Jesus Christ and ask Him to save us.

Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Errors On Repentance

  1. Repentance is not sorrow
    It doesn’t matter how carefully we look at our life and carefully cry or how long we cry, he still was not saved, that wasn’t the right repentance. Because repentance toward God doesn’t end there, we need faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ. We cannot earn our salvation through crying, it’s through sorrow that leads us to faith in Jesus Christ that saves us.

    Heb 12:17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

  2. Repentance is not penance
    They try to pay back their sins through good works or shedding of blood

    Matt 27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

    When the Bible says repentance and faith towards Lord Jesus Christ, when repentance has faith for salvation, it is faith alone. There’s not one dime of good work involved. Salvation by faith is a gift already paid by Jesus Christ, we don’t need to pay for it ourselves with good works. There is nothing wrong with good works, but here’s where it gets wrong: when we trust in even one single good work for our salvation. It should be all on Jesus Christ.

    Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

  3. Repentance is not insincerity
    Notice that Pharoah repented, it looks like it but it seems like he is more concerned about the punishment/judgment, not about his sinful condition. There is not true sorrow here. In v34, when the hail and thunder stopped, he and his servants sinned even more.

    Exo 9:27 And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go.

    When we have repentance for salvation, it has sincerity with signs of good works:
    – attitudes of anger over sin
    – forsaking or fearing sin
    – desiring to not sin
    – more careful now in what they do

    2 Cor 7:10-11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. Wherefore, though I wrote unto you, I did it not for his cause that had done the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear unto you.

  4. Repentance is not forsaking sins in specifics
    There are Corinthians who do not repent some really specific sins that were really wicked but Paul considered them as saved.

    2 Cor 12:19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.

    Repentance for salvation is in childlike simplicity (we do not go into complicated specifics such as what about wrong imaginations or lying or stealing). Jesus Christ wants salvation as simple as a simple-minded child.

    Matt 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    The devil’s job is to complicate the gospel.

    2 Cor 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Necessity Of Repentance

  1. Repentance is required before we believe in Christ for salvation
    There is repentance involved so that’s why we can believe.
    How can we believe or trust in Christ to get rid of our sins if at the beginning we didn’t recognize our sin problem, to begin with?

    Matt 21:32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

  2. Repentance of sins is in line with the forgiveness of sins
    If one is not willing for his sins to be forgiven by Jesus Christ then how can Jesus forgive and get rid of his sins with His blood?

    Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

  3. Repentance with signs of good works
    To do works to show your repentance, it’s a natural sign showing from your repentance

    Acts 26:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

  4. Repentance over a wicked sinner is required to escape damnation

    Luke 13:2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?

  5. Repentance is necessary because it is commanded by God

    Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

  6. Repentance is the burden and will of God

    2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

 

The very first book written of the Bible (Job), he mentioned repentance.

Job 42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

In the greatest prosperity of Israel’s kingdom, at the height of their richness and prosperity, Solomon mentioned repentance.

1 King 8:47 Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness;

The very first message that John the Baptist preached was repentance.

Matt 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

The very first word of Jesus’s first sermon was ‘repent’.

Matt 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Jesus preached on repentance more than anybody else in the Bible.

Matt – Acts

The first commission that Jesus Christ sent out his disciples to preach, He commanded them to include repentance.

Mark 6:12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

When the church officially started, Peter preached about repentance.

Acts 2:28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

In the historical change when Gentiles can hear and receive salvation, Peter preached repentance.

Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

In the New Testament, Paul preached to New Testament Christians and churches about repentance.

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 26:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

Nature Of Repentance

  1. Touching the intellect or mind
    A change of mind from seeing the wretchedness of sin into desiring to do what is right

    Matt 21:29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

  2. Touching the emotions
    A change of mind over one’s own sinful condition that he would grieve over its wretchedness and be sorry for it

    2 Cor 7:9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

  3. Touching the will
    A change of mind that he would even act upon it that he would turn from sin and turn to God.
    It’s a two-fold act that is an experience and not a single act. There are many people who have reformation but that’s just turning from sin. Regeneration is turning from sin and turning to God.

    1 Thess 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
    1 Thess 1:8-9 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

Ways To Produce Repentance

  1. Given by God as a gift

    Acts 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.
    2 Tim 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

  2. By the conviction power of the Spirit
    When we hear the gospel and it convicted us and we want to get saved

    Acts 2:37-38 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

  3. The goodness of God upon a sinner
    God is so good to that person that the person feels so bad and aware of his sinful condition. He knows that God is blessing him over and over again and he knows that there has to be a god and so he finally repents and gets saved.

    Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

  4. Chastisement over sins
    When a person is going through judgment then they realized ‘I messed up’ and they repent and get things right with God.

    Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.