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Beloved of the Lord;
Remember: “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent-Μετανοεῖτε (Metanoeite)-to have another mind, to change one's mind, i.e. to repent), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)
Repent-Μετανοεῖτε: Verb, Present, Active, Imperative, 2nd Person, Plural: ["BE-YE-after-MINDING"//"be-ye-repenting!"]
2. Works of the Flesh
1 John 2:15
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
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(KJV) Bible Verses
1 "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Repent: the word strictly denotes a change of mind, it has respect here (and wherever it is used in connection with salvation) primarily to that sense of sin which leads the sinner to flee from the wrath to come, to look for relief only from above, and eagerly to fall in with the provided remedy. There may be many forward hearers, but there are few true believers.
Jesus answered, and said unto him, Verily, verily I *say-λέγω (lego)-to say, speak, declare, lay out) unto thee, *except-ἐὰν (ean)-if, unless) a man *be born-γεννηθῇ (gennethe)-to beget, bring forth) //again (Or, from above), he-δύναται (ou dunatai)-to be able or possible) cannot-οὐ (ou)-no, not) see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)
*say-λέγω: Verb, Present, Active, Indicative, 1st Person, Singular:
*except-ἐὰν: CONDitional: ["IF-EVER"]
*be born-γεννηθῇ: Verb, Aorist, Passive, Subjunctive, 3rd Person, Singular:["MAY-BE-BEING-generatED"//"may-be-being-begotten"]
*he-δύναται: Verb, Present, Middle or Passive Deponent, Indicative, 3rd Person, Singular: ["he-IS-ABLE"//"he-can"] not
12"Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;... 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say,"Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
preach: The words with which he began his ministry are the same with which John begun his; which shows the entire agreement between them, in that they not only preached the same doctrine, but in the same words: (Matthew 3:2)
hand: "the kingdom of heaven" was not in the far-off future, but near at hand (and that was nearly 2,000 yrs. ago). Think about how much time we really have.
"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper:
but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy."
14 "Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel."
fulfilled: the fulness of time for the Messiah's appearance in the world; which was agreed upon between the Father and the Son, was predicted in various prophecies. The kingdom which had been shut for so many ages was now to be reopened by the preaching and the death of Christ.
repent ye,: Repentance and faith are the conditions of admission into the Christian covenant. Repentance has a special reference to God the Father, and faith, to Jesus Christ the eternal Son. It is in the gospel that Christ is revealed to us as a Saviour; and therefore we find Jesus Christ, as the object of our faith, distinguished from the Father as the object of our repentance.
believe the gospel: which proclaims liberty from the law, peace, pardon, and righteousness by Christ, and salvation and eternal life by the free grace of God.
"For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive;
and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee."
"I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance."
joy: In the church below, and among the members of it; or in heaven above, and among the angels there.
one sinner: who are turned to God, and are instructed by his Spirit; who believe in Christ, and have views, at least hopes, of pardon through his blood; and have the love of God and Christ shed abroad in their hearts; from whence arise a true sight and sense of sin, a godly sorrow for it, an hearty loathing of it, shame on account of it, an ingenuous confession, and a real forsaking of it.
more than: The parable of the lost sheep is very applicable to the great work of man's redemption. The lost sheep represents the sinner as departed from God, and exposed to certain ruin if not brought back to him, yet not desirous to return. Christ is earnest in bringing sinners home. In the parable of the lost piece of silver, that which is lost, is one piece, of small value compared with the rest. Yet the woman seeks diligently till she finds it.
11 "And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. 12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent."
preached: the Gospel, and the things appertaining to the kingdom of God, and Gospel dispensation, and called upon men to believe them. For faith and repentance went together in Christ's ministry.
repent: both of the evil practices which they were guilty of, and of the bad principles they had imbibed, and change both their sentiments and their conduct; this requires the powerful and efficacious grace of God to produce it, and it is a gift of his grace.
Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth."
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
promise: that Christ would come again, and appear a second time in person, was promised by himself, and often spoken of by his apostles.
slackness: as some men count slackness; as if he had either changed his purpose, or had prolonged it beyond the appointed time, or was unmindful of his promise, and would never fulfil it.
longsuffering: he does not judge man by his evil works which he continually does, for if so, the world would not stand; but the holy blessed God defers his anger with the righteous, and the wicked, that they may return, by perfect repentance, and be established in this world, and in the world to come.'
repentance: Settle therefore in your hearts that you shall certainly be called to give an account of all things done in the body, whether good or evil. And let a humble and diligent walking before God, and a frequent judging of yourselves, show a firm belief of the future judgment, though many live as if they were never to give any account at all.
"Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered."
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
I rebuke and chasten: Not one whom God loves escapes chastening; if he be not chastened, he is not a son. To reprove, so as to convict of sin and turn to repentance
I stand at the door: may be expressive of the near approach, or sudden coming of Christ to judgment.
knock: signifies "to come quickly" which yet will be observed but by a few.
30 "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead."
15"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
3"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”
"For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him."
"Jesus answered and said unto him, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”
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"16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)