gao_lu — 2017-09-18T08:37:13-04:00 — #1
Who must repent?
- The Lost
- The Unbeliever
- The saved
- The born-again believer
- The redeemed
- All of these
- Some of these
- None of these
If we should not repent, then should we repent for repenting?
Is repentance a condition for salvation?
dave_l — 2017-09-18T08:56:19-04:00 — #2
God demanded the wicked among Israel to repent continually. But these did not show evidence of the New Birth resulting in faithfulness. But the wicked could only repent to the place the flesh would allow. We see this type of repentance every day when people stop breaking the law for personal gain. The motive is off, but repentance for wrong reasons is better than no repentance.
When God tells the born again to repent, it picks up where the other type of repentance leaves off. We assume God did not need to tell Abraham, Abel or Job not to steal or murder. So repentance for those born again means;
41.52 μετανοέω; μετάνοια, ας f: to change one’s way of life as the result of a complete change of thought and attitude with regard to sin and righteousness—‘to repent, to change one’s way, repentance.’5
Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 509). New York: United Bible Societies.
So repentance would be walking after the Spirit and not after the flesh. The "wicked do gooder" cannot repent from the flesh, he can only make it conform to law, but for the wrong reason. The born again can repent from the flesh and manifest the fruit of the Holy Spirit in place of it.
tyrone_howard — 2017-09-18T09:45:52-04:00 — #3
The Altars of repentance are for Believers.
alex_vaughn — 2017-09-18T11:52:30-04:00 — #4
In answer to question in the title, I believe that all of those who've experienced salvation should be humble and examine our lives regularly to re-align towards God.
Regarding all others, I have faith that all will eventually repent for the power of God's love is irresistible. So, yes everyone must and will.
Extra credit 1: Just have faith and don't concern yourself too much with that.
Extra credit 2: Instinctually, I say yes. Intellectually, I'm open to further arguments.
gao_lu — 2017-09-19T07:10:33-04:00 — #5
Thanks to all for your responses. I encountered the idea some time back that to repent was a manifestation of lack of faith, being proof of lack of salvation, perhaps evidence of not being the elect.
Thanks for your thoughts on this.
tyrone_howard — 2017-09-19T09:04:55-04:00 — #6
Repent is turning your back on things not of God, as you study more, The Word will reveal more. Seems to me thats going to result in more repenting. An Unbeliever, wouldn't believe in repenting, so they wouldn't repent. Those at least, are just my thoughts.