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Author: Ron Graham

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Word Study: Repentance

Word family: repentance, repent

Synonyms: penitence.

Related ideas: sin, sorry, guilt, remorse, regret, conversion, turning.

Definitions: repentance is a change of heart and mind [regarding sin]. The intent to rebel is replaced by the intent to be righteous and to act accordingly.

Greek References: μετανοια (metanoia) 3341 (Strong) cf 3326 meta, 3539 noeo 3563 nous The verb is metanoeo.


  Repentance is essential

  • Luke 13:3,5 "Unless you repent you will all likewise perish"
  • Acts 2:38 "Repent and be baptized every one of you..."
  • Acts 3:19 "Repent and be converted that your sins may be blotted out..."

  God moves us to repent

  • Acts 17:30 "God commands all men everywhere to repent"
  • Romans 2:4 "...the kindness of God leads you to repentance"
  • 2Corinthians 7:10 "...Godly sorrow produces repentance..."
  • 2Peter 3:9 "The Lord... is not willing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance"

  Repentance bears fruit

  • Luke 3:8 "...bring forth fruits worthy of repentance"
  • Acts 26:18,20 "...repent and turn to God performing deeds appropriate to repentance"
  • Luke 15:7,10 " in heaven over one sinner who repents"

Comment: Repentance is more than simply regret or sorrow for wrongs committed in the past. Repentance is a determination to change, and commitment to living righteously in the future. Repentance turns belief into obedience.

Best lesson: Repentance From Sin

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