The Bible says in John 3:12-13: “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”
Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from Harry Ironside. He said: “The Gospel is not good advice to be obeyed, it is good news to be believed.”
Our topic today is titled What is Repentance About? (Part 5) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.
A third category of uses of the word repent concerns repentance within the experience of Christian living. Christians need to repent. Recall the man at Corinth who sinned and who, exercised by the church’s discipline, came back to the Lord. Apparently the church was overly harsh on him, not being willing to restore him to full fellowship. Thus Paul exhorted the church to repent of its harsh stand and receive the man again into fellowship. Repent in this instance means that the church should change its mind about its wrong attitude toward that man.
In 2 Timothy 2:25, Paul commands Christians, or at least professing Christians, to repent of sin in their lives, particularly sins connected with promoting and accepting false teachers.