Repentance: Insight Into Repentance And Salvation Kjv
Repentance: Insight Into Repentance And Salvation Kjv.
Hebrews 6:1 “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,”
It has been believed that to Repent means to stop doing wrong things. Well, that is the end result to it, but it isn’t the whole truth. Nobody can stop doing wrong if they don’t replace the foundation of a certain belief that governs their mind from which a habit have began to be expressed.
They have to first deal with the foundation of that action and the foundation of every action, habit or attitude is found in a concept i.e an idea that each of us have unconsciously or consciously endorsed or accepted. So we have to deal with the concept or the idea to be able to deal with the habit. Praise God.
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There are two Greek words from where the thought Repentance comes which we’ll look at in our next note. But be careful to note that the man or woman who is yet to be saved isn’t the one the Apostles writes to concerning repentance, rather, the Apostles wrote to Christians to Repent. Let’s see an example in Acts 8:
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Acts 8:9 “But there was a certain man, called Simon, which before time in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
8:11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching…..
8:13 “Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip.
8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
8:22 “Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.(Acts 8:9-22)
We see Simon was once a sorcerer and that means he wasn’t a Christian, and wasn’t saved. But he later got saved, but was still thinking like someone who wasn’t. Because he had not yet been taught. So, the Apostle Peter told him to Repent from his thinking that he can get the power of God with money. So Christians are the ones to Repent, not the Unbeliever.
Rather the Unbeliever needs Salvation, not Repentance. But Repentance is needed by those who have been saved. In the opening Scripture, the Apostle says let us move on unto perfection. Someone who hasn’t received Salvation cannot grow in it. So he was writing to Christians.
We’ll continue further on this text.