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By Pilgrim · Jun 14, 2018 ·
  1. Encouragement

    There are three Greek words used in the New Testament to denote repentance:
    1. The verb metamelomai is used of a change of mind, such as to produce regret or even remorse on account of sin, but not necessarily a change of heart. This word is used with reference to the repentance of Judas (Matthew 27:3).
    2. Metanoeo, meaning to change one's mind and purpose, as the result of after knowledge.
    3. This verb, with the cognate noun metanoia, is used of true repentance, a change of mind and purpose and life, to which remission of sin is promised.
    Evangelical repentance consists of:
    1. a true sense of one's own guilt and sinfulness;
    2. an apprehension of God's mercy in Christ;
    3. an actual hatred of sin (Psalms 119:128; Job 42:5-6; 2 Corinthians 7:10) and turning from it to God; and
    4. a persistent endeavor after a holy life in a walking with God in the way of his commandments.
    The true penitent is conscious of guilt (Psalms 51:4; Psalms 51:9), of pollution (Psalms 51:5; Psalms 51:7; Psalms 51:10), and of helplessness (Psalms 51:11; Psalms 109:21-22). Thus he apprehends himself to be just what God has always seen him to be and declares him to be. But repentance comprehends not only such a sense of sin, but also an apprehension of mercy, without which there can be no true repentance (Psalms 51:1; Psalms 130:4).


    24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. —Galatians 5:24 (KJV)


    • Source: Easton's Bible Dictionary, M. G. Easton
    • Bible Word Search: Repent, Repentance

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