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Meaning and Examples of Repentance Part 3

On the Day of Pentecost:

The meaning of repentance

  1. Change of mind, re-calculate, re-do, or re-think

  2. To Turn from Sin

  3. Be Sorry for Sin

On the day of Pentecost after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Apostles and others with them including women were all awaiting the promise of the Father that they would be baptized with the Holy Ghost which would empower them to spread the gospel all over the world as Jesus commanded them to do. This Holy Spirit power will be given to all who have received the gospel of Jesus and desire to receive the Holy Spirit outpouring. This is for each and every individual  who is seeking God and obey Him. Here we see another example of repentance preached as people who witnessed this miracle began to ask questions about it.

  • Acts 2:22  Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 
    Acst 2:23  Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 
    Acts 2:24  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. 
    Acts 2:25  For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: 
    Acts 2:26  Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: 
    Acts 2:27  Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 
    Acts 2:28  Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. 
    Acts 2:29  Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. 
    Acts 2:30  Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 
    Acts 2:31  He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. 
    Acts 2:32  This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 
    Acts 2:33  Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. 
    Acts 2:34  For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 
    Acts 2:35  Until I make thy foes thy footstool. 
    Acts 2:36  Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 
    Acts 2:37  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? 
  • Acts 2:38  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. 
    Acts 2:39  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 
  • Acts 2:47  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. 

Here is where a whole crowd of people believed the gospel Peter preached and repented of their sins. In verse 38 we see that repentance was necessary for remission of sins. This happened before one could receive the Holy Spirit that started on the day of Pentecost and has not ceased. We can receive the very same Holy Spirit given to those on that day. Instead of rejecting the message of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, this crowd received the message and asked sincerely, "What shall we do?" So these were desperate to find out what they could do to be saved and be cleansed of the guilt they bore in agreeing to the crucifixion of Christ.

A few days later we see Peter using a visible miracle from God to again preach the gospel of repentance.

Peter speaks in Solomon's Portico. Before this; Acts chapter 3 tells of Peter and John going into the temple and see a lame man begging. The lame man looked at the them expecting to receive something from them in the form of money. Instead Peter says, "Silver and gold have I none but such as I have I give to thee, in the name of Jesus Christ rise up and walk."

The man was instantly healed. Next we see Peter using this experience to tell another crowd of people what just happened. First Peter dispelled the idea that it was by their own holiness that the man was healed but by the power of God. This is something we all need to remember. Signs should be following all who believe but when they do, never should we take the credit for it. We have nothing that others can not receive. God does all healing.

  • Acts 3:11  And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering. 
    Acts 3:12  And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? 
    Acts 3:13  The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. 
    Acts 3:14  But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 
    Acts 3:15  And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. 
    Acts 3:16  And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. 
    Acts 3:17  And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. 
    Acts 3:18  But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. 

  • Acts 3:19  Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 
    Acts 3:20  And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 
    Acts 3:21  Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. 
    Acts 3:22  For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 
    Acts 3:23  And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. 
    Acts 3:24  Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. 
    Acts 3:25  Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. 
    Acts 3:26  Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. 

In verse 19 we see Peter saying, "Repent and be converted that your sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord and He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you." He ends his message saying that God raised Jesus His Son and bless them in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. So we see clearly that repentance and turning away from sin are both necessary for salvation. Repentance and turning to Christ for salvation will blot out our sins.   

Repentance Part 4 from the book of Revelation's letters to the churches




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