Repentance is one of the major keys to enter the kingdom of God. Without it there is no redemption, or salvation. To repent means "to change our mind", to "turn away from", or "to turn around".
The Greek word "METANOEO" is translated to "repentance" and simply means a change of mind with regret for the path chosen and choosing to turn around to a new path.
The primary message delivered by Jesus was "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand."
The primary message of the apostles and the early Church was "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand."
Repentance requires an act of the will and a change in our thinking, or understanding, concerning the two kingdoms in conflict on this earth. The choice is between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. We are free to choose because God gave us a free will and the right to make our own choices. That is a primary characteristic that makes us like God.
We were born into the kingdom of darkness by default through no choice of our own because of Adam's great disobedience. That act was the essence of sin which is simply rebelling against God's right to be God. To get a complete understanding of this go to the page of this website entitled "Restore That Which Was Lost".
ROMANS 5:12 -- "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned"
As we go through life in the kingdom of darkness it is as though we do not see the truth about where we are or about Jesus and God's plan for us. We are blinded to the truth. We become conformed to this world and its way of living. We might even be church goers, but if never confronted with the truth of the two kingdoms in conflict we simply participate in religious activities, no real life transformation.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:3-4 -- And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."
ROMANS 12:2 -- "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, ..."
Once we are exposed to the gospel of the kingdom proclaiming that the kingdom of God is at hand and that Jesus Christ is Lord, we must make a decision as to what we will do with that knowledge. When you understand that you are in the kingdom of darkness without the life of God and under Satan's domain, you have a decision to make. Do we reject the gospel message as being untrue and continue with our current lifestyle, or do we realize where are are, "repent", and turn towards the kingdom of God. This act is repentance.
It is not feeling sorry for your sinful acts. It is acknowledging that you have been captive in darkness (a slave to sin), separated from the God's life, and in rebellion against God's right to be God in your life. Repentance is acknowledging these facts and making the decision to turn away from the kingdom of darkness, acknowledge the fact that Jesus is alive and He is the Lord of all creation, ask Him to forgive you of your rebellion towards Him, and receive His free gift of salvation and righteousness.
ROMANS 6:16-18 -- "Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which we are committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness."
Repentance literally is a decision to "DIE" to your old life without God. The only way to leave the kingdom of darkness is to die to its influence and control. Once you have died to your old life in darkness you can be "born again" into God's family and the kingdom of light.
HOW DO YOU DIE WHEN YOU ARE STILL ALIVE PHYSICALLY?
As soon as you have repented and rejected the kingdom of darkness you must be baptized in water. Baptism is the place of death, burial, and resurrection.
ROMANS 6:4-7 -- "Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin."
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 -- "Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."
Water baptism is also where we complete the act of entering covenant with God because according to Scripture that is where the sign of covenant is performed by Jesus.
COLOSSIANS 2:9-12 -- "For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead."
Entrance into the kingdom of God and receiving His abundant gift of grace with all of its benefits starts with the act of repentance.
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