While sin is the result of a person pleasing himself in what he does, the sinner coming to God in repentance admits his total inability to please God. In the New Testament to ‘repent’ means: to think differently after.
Repentance (metanoeo) in the Bible is more than acknowledging our guilt, true repentance involves a change of mind accompanied by a change of heart and change of conduct.
NATURE OF REPENTANCE
There is a three-fold idea involved in true repentance:
CHANGE OF MIND
CHANGE OF HEART
CHANGE OF CONDUCT
PURPOSE OF REPENTANCE
The act of repentance does not earn God’s forgiveness from sin; rather, forgiveness is given as a gift from God to those who he saves. We are called upon to repent in order that we may recognize our inability to keep God’s statutes and consequently to rely on God to perform this work of grace in our life. God calls all to repent through the hearing of the Gospel. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
By definition repentance is required before anything. One cannot show true change in their life before they have repented. True repentance results in obedience to God’s commandments of water baptism and receiving the Holy Spirit.
John the Baptist preaching repentance
Jesus preaching repentance Jesus preaching the gospel of repentance Failure by man to repent means he will perish Jesus instructs disciples to preach repentance Peters commands repentance God commands all men to repent Ephesians believed and confessed sins Paul teaches repentance Repentance is essential as there is none righteous, all have sinned and come short of the glory of God God’s will is that all should repent ■ 2 Peter 3:9