Repent and Be Converted

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; Acts 3:19

Repent means to change your mind. To be converted means to turn about. One can repent but never be converted, however one cannot be converted without first repenting.

A symptom of repentance without conversion may be asking God for deliverance but not having power to overcome sin. Repentance without conversion is acknowledging the truth of Scripture without submitting to it. It is profession of faith without obedience. True repentance is a changing of one’s mind that results in conversion.

The true meaning of conversion is not just turning about. It is the turning away from one thing and turning unto something or someone else. It is the turning away from sin and turning unto God. It is agreeing with God against ourselves and asking for His mercy. It is accepting Jesus Christ as our only hope of salvation.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. II Corinthians 5:17

To repent means to change one’s mind. To be converted means to turn away from and turn unto. Have you turned from sin to God?

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. II Peter 3:9

…let the word of Christ dwell (take up its life) in you richly…

Note: Repentance and penance are not the same thing. See blog article: Whats the Difference?

Proverbs 16:7

When a man’s ways please Yahweh [1], He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. [2]

You may not be able to affect enemies directly….but you can do so indirectly by attending to your own life. [3]

[1] Yahweh – LORD – “I AM Who I AM” – The God who exists.

[2] The Christian Counselor’s New Testament and Proverbs, 4th revised Edition by Jay Adams, copyright 2019 by the Institute for Nouthetic Studies.

[3] “Ibid” – notes on Proverbs 16, verse 7.

*W.E. Vines Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words – copyright 1984, 1996, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, TN, pages 140 & 141.

The Messiah’s Return

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows (birth pangs). Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Matthew 24:2-14

…let the word of Christ dwell (take up its life) in you richly…