If there ever was a team that needs to repent and beg for forgiveness to their fans and city that would be this years Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are missing the playoffs after the worst collapse ever… I wanted to talk about repentance today as we talked in Sunday School this past week, but as a beloved New York Yankee fan I just wanted to share this epic news with you, in case you didn’t know! I love what Baltimore’s second basemen Robert Andino said after the game “End of season like this, to make Boston go home sad, crying, I’ll take it all day,” Yeah me too!☺I never thought I would enjoy the Yankees losing three straight to the Rays, but I did, and The RED SOX are GOING HOME and that’s a beautiful thing.
As is repentance, we learned in Sunday school what true repentance is and where it comes from. We read in Romans 2:4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? What gets a hold of me right away in this verse is God’s kindness and Goodness… God is patient with the sinner and He delays His judgment so men will have time to repent. The theologians call it “common grace” like in Matthew 5:45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous, and in Acts 14:15, 16 and 17. He is so good and kind and this should lead us all to repentance, but sadly it doesn’t. But God is patient, literally means a long-temper person and the opposite would be a short temper person who speaks and acts impulsively and lacks self-control… This is not God… He is longsuffering, His wrath is slow, like on a really long fuse that is burning slowly giving men time to repent.
Repentance (metanoia) literally means “afterthought” or “to think after” and implies a change of mind. I shared with the class Paul’s great example of true repentance found in 1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, I hear this all the time about repentance… It’s a turning to God, but it’s more than that, it’s turning away from your life of sin and idols and turning to the true living God. Paul explains worldly repentance and godly repentance in 2 Corinthians 7:9, 10
C H Spurgeon writes: “You are afraid of damnation, but you are not afraid of sinning. You are afraid of being cast into the pit, but not afraid to harden your hearts against God’s commands. It is not the soul’s state that troubles you, but hell. If hell were extinguished, your repentance would be extinguished. Be not deceived. Examine yourselves whether you are in the faith. Ask yourself if you have that which is “repentance unto life,” for you may humble yourselves for a time, and yet never repent before God.
We talked about how Jesus began His ministry in Galilee in Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” then before that with John the Baptist Luke 3:3 and 8 And he came into all the district around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins… 8 “Therefore bring forth fruits in keeping with repentance. Then we have 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. I don’t want to get into what the words “you and all “ means now, but if you are interested in getting 2 Peter 3:9 explained go HERE.
I went to my Logos 4 and here is what Louw and Nida define metanoia as “to change one’s way of life as the result of a complete change of thought and attitude with regard to sin and righteousness… Though in English a focal component of repent is the sorrow or contrition that a person experiences because of sin, the emphasis in metanoeo (verb form) and metanoia seems to be more specifically the total change, both in thought and behavior, with respect to how one should both think and act. Whether the focus is upon attitude or behavior varies somewhat in different contexts.”
Repentance is a change of direction in thought and behavior as in 1 Thessalonians 1:9 Turn away from your life of sin and turn towards the one true living God and He will save you, not by your doing but His. Thomas Watson said “By delay of repentance, sin strengthens, and the heart hardens. The longer ice freezeth, the harder it is to be broken.”
Repent and Believe!
Soli Deo Gloria