Matthew 3:1-12

Christians often times get the word “Repentance” confused. They might think, as the world does, that Repentance is a one time act, a vow to God, an inner change that the Christian makes to better themselves. That to repent means to start to activate God’s blessings in your life, or to be the best you that you can be. Yet, this is all a false repentance. Check out this post on ArmourofChrist.org to see how John the Baptist and Jesus defines the Word “Repent”.

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False repentance is to die. Dead trees cannot being forth food fruit and therefore dead chaff is only good for burning. Yet, true repentance is life by faith. Faith is the gift of life given to you that always bears good fruit. This wheat, this living plant, is nourishes and living by the waters of baptism.

Matthew 3

1In those days, John the Baptizer came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” 3For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, make the way of the Lord ready! Make his paths straight!”(Isaiah 40:3) 4Now John himself wore clothing made of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5Then people from Jerusalem, all of Judea, and…

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  1. Jock McSporran

    Douglas – yes.

    I remember the minister of the church I was attending describing the path to salvation in the following way: a person, when initially confronted with the gospel will respond `I don’t need to repent’; and they view repentance as something for other people. These are the ones who attend church for the social gathering, for church coffee after the service where they talk about house prices and other such (un)godly matters. The next stage is when a person comes to understand that they do need to repent, but at the same time they say, `I do not want to repent.’ These are the people who become genuinely angry and attack the church (c/f Paul before the Road to Damascus). Then they may come to an understanding that they need to repent and they want to repent, but they cannot repent. This is the point at which God can do something genuinely useful. He performs the miracle of salvation through belief in Christ and gives the gift of repentance.

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