Closest related principles - Core Interrelations
And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole [healthy] need not a physician; but they that are sick [do]. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Lk 5:31-32 Mat 9:12-13 Mk 2:15-17 Not those who in their own eyes think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners, harm-doers. (Click gold Scripture references for Principle Interrelations)
Repenting means acknowledging you've done harm to yourself and others, (that you have violated God's principles), and then changing your ways to align with God's ways, the best you can. God is looking for evidence of a change in heart, one that is grieved over the harm done, and is looking now to God for answers, leadership, and renewal. To repent you have to soften your heart like child's, and open your eyes to the truth, rather than denying it or covering it up. To be in God's Kingdom you have to repent, in order for Him to be revealed to you (in a way that is real to you), so that you can truly believe in Jesus Christ, and joyfully accept Him into your life. Repenting prepares a person for believing in Jesus Christ.
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the
wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For
this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias [Isaiah], saying, The voice of one
crying [out WU] in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of [for WU] the Lord, make his paths
straight. And the same John had his raiment [clothing] of camel's hair, and a leathern
girdle [belt] about his loins [waist]; and his meat [food] was locusts and wild honey.
Then went out to him [people from] Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round
about Jordan, And were baptized of [by] him in [the] Jordan [river WU], confessing
their sins. Mat 3:1-6
Repent, confessing your sins, the harm you've done. Repenting prepares you to
believe in Jesus for salvation, prepares the way for the Lord to come into your
When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. Lk 5:8 (Peter after Jesus provided a miraculous catch of fish.) When you see your sinfulness, how many harmful things you do, you may feel like getting away from the Lord; but Jesus called Peter back to Himself and does the same with us.
Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel [good news WU]. Mk 1:14-15
Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about [the] Jordan, preaching the [a WU] baptism of repentance for the remission [forgiveness WU] of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias [Isaiah] the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying [out WU] in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of [for WU] the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh [mankind WU] shall see the salvation of God. Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of [by] him, O generation [offspring] of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to [for] our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of [from] these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart [give] to him that hath none; and he that hath meat [food], let him do likewise. Then came also publicans [tax collectors] to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? And he said unto them, Exact [collect] no more than that which is appointed [required for WU] you [to collect WU]. And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man [to extort his money WU], neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. Lk 3:1-14 Repenting involves taking actions which show your change of heart.
There were present at that season [same time] some that told him [Jesus WU] of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled [mixed] with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above [worse than] all the [other] Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay [no]: but, except [unless] ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Lk 13:1-5 We are all guilty of doing harm (sinners).
Then drew near unto him all the publicans [tax collectors] and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes [experts in the law WU] murmured, saying, This man receiveth [welcomes] sinners, and eateth with them. And he [Jesus WU] spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just [righteous] persons, which need no repentance. Lk 15:1-7
Either [or] what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Lk 15:8-10
And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight [against you WU], and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Lk 15:21-24 The prodigal son upon his return to his father.
And many of the children [people WU] of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him [the Lord WU] in the spirit and power of Elias [Elijah WU], to turn the hearts of the fathers to the[ir WU] children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Lk 1:16-17 (An angel of the Lord speaking to John the Baptist's father about John.) Repentance involves a softening of the heart, as evidenced by fathers becoming concerned about their children. It's a humbling evidenced by people looking toward someone wiser for guidance.
Therefore they sought again to take [seize] him [Jesus WU]: but he escaped out of their hand, And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode [stayed]. And many resorted [came] unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true. And many believed on [in] him there. Jh 10:39-42 These people were prepared to believe.
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face [ahead of you WU], which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of [for WU] the Lord, make his paths straight. John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission [forgiveness] of sins. And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of [by] him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. Mk 1:1-5 The gospel begins with repenting.
He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of [for WU] the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias [Isaiah]. Jh 1:23 John the Baptist speaking of himself.
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways [the way for him WU]; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by [through WU] the remission [forgiveness WU] of their sins, Lk 1:76-77 John the Baptist's father prophesying through the Holy Spirit about John.From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mat 4:17
And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved [was necessary for the] Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission [forgiveness WU] of sins should [will WU] be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I [am going to WU] send the promise of [what was promised by WU] my Father upon you: but tarry ye [wait] in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued [clothed] with power from on high. Lk 24:45-49
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