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The Cross has not abolished the call to repent!


Repentance is a wonderful gift from God. Unfortunately the word “repent” has become taboo in some Christian circles.  Some wonder whether repentance is optional – i.e. not really necessary for salvation.  After all Christians are saved by grace, not by works.

But does this mean repentance is optional, take it or leave it?  The New Testament has much to say about Repentance. In light of what the Bible says, the Cross does not abolish the call of repentance. Rather it is the goodness of God’s grace that gives us this wonderful gift to us and changes our lives from the inside out!

Romans 2:4

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not KNOWING THAT THE GOODNESS OF GOD LEADETH THEE TO REPENTANCE?


  • The message of John the Baptist was “REPENT”
  • The first word that came out of Jesus mouth in public ministry after His baptism was “REPENT”
  • Peter’s message on Pentecost on the very day the church was founded was “REPENT”
  • Charles Spurgeon was the great preacher of GRACE ALONE, and yet in his book “AND IF BY GRACE,” he taught repentance


Revivals and Reforms

1. Under Jacob. On the return to Bethel, Jacob ordered his entire household to put away their false gods and to wash and change their garments. This they did as Jacob built an altar to the true God. The false gods were then buried under an oak in Shechem. Gen. 35:1-4
2. Under Samuel. At the exhorting of Samuel the people put away their false gods and prepared their hearts to serve the only true God. 1 Sam. 7:3-6
3. Under Moses. This occurred when complaining Israel saw the mighty hand of God in the parting of the Red Sea. On the safe (eastern) side of the sea, Moses led the people in a song of praise, while Miriam and the women furnished the special music. Exodus 14:31-15:21
4. Under David
a. When the Ark of the Covenant was brought into Jerusalem for the first time 1 Chronicles 15:25-28; 16:1-43; 29:10-25
b. At the dedication of the materials to be used in building the future temple 1 Chronicles 29
5. Under Solomon. This occurred at the actual dedication of the temple. 2 Chronicles 7:1-3
6. Under Asa. He removed the Sodomites and all false idols out of the land. He even deposed his own grandmother because of her idolatry. 1 Kings 15:11-15
7. Under Jehoshaphat. The king led a revival when he ordered the cleansing of the temple and the sanctification of the Levitical priests. 2 Chronicles 19
8. Under Elijah. This took place after the contest with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. 1 Kings 18:21-40
9. Under Jehu. He exterminated all Baal worshipers and their temples. 2 Kings 10:15-28
10. Under Jehoiada. This godly high priest led the people in a covenant whereby they forsook their idols and worshiped God. 2 Kings 11:17-20
11. Under Hezekiah. Like Jehoshaphat, King Hezekiah experienced revival when he cleansed the temple of God. 2 Chronicles 29-31
12. Under Manasseh. When wicked King Manasseh became converted, he led his people in a revival by ordering the destruction of all idols. 2 Chronicles 33:11-20
13. Under Josiah. This revival began when the Book of the Law was accidentally discovered during a temple cleanup event. The public reading of God’s Word had a profound effect upon both King Josiah and his people. 2 Kings 22-23
14. Under Ezra. Through Ezra’s preaching on separation, the Jewish remnant ceased their ungodly marriage alliances with the heathen of the land. Ezra 9-10
15. Under Nehemiah. After Nehemiah had rebuilt the walls around Jerusalem, Ezra stood by its gates and publicly read and taught from God’s Word, causing a great revival. Neh. 13
16. Under Jonah. The Ninevites, through Jonah’s preaching, repented and stayed the destructive hand of God. Jon. 3
17. Under Esther. This time of repentance and rejoicing followed the salvation of the Jews from the plot of wicked Haman. Esther 9:17-22
18. Under John the Baptist. John preached the imminent appearance of Israel’s Messiah, warning them to repent and submit to water baptism. Luke 3:2-18
19. Under Jesus. The conversion of a sinful Samaritan woman instigated this revival in Samaria. John 4:28-42
20. Under Philip. The strong preaching of Philip the evangelist concerning the kingdom of God produced a great revival in Samaria. Acts 8:5-12
21. Under Peter
a. At Pentecost, after his great sermon Acts 2
b. At Lydda, after he had healed Aeneas Acts 9
22. Under Paul. One of the greatest revivals occurred in Ephesus during Paul’s third missionary journey. This account should be carefully read. Acts 19:11-2


Matthew 3:2

And saying, REPENT ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 3:8

Bring forth therefore fruits meet for REPENTANCE:

Matthew 3:11

I indeed baptize you with water unto REPENTANCE: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Matthew 4:17

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, REPENT: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 9:13

But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice:

for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to REPENTANCE.

4 Facts about God’s Salvation

1. Salvation is always by the Cross. Heb. 9:22
2. Salvation is always through a Christ. Jon. 2:9; Acts 4:12; 1 Thess. 5:9; Heb. 5:9
3. Salvation is always by grace. Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 2:11
4. Salvation is always through faith. Rom. 5:1; Heb. 11:6

 Mark 1:4

John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of REPENTANCE for the remission of sins.

Mark 1:15

And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: REPENT ye, and believe the gospel.

Mark 2:17

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to REPENTANCE.

Mark 6:12

And they went out, and preached that men should REPENT.

Luke 3:3

And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of REPENTANCE for the remission of sins;

Luke 3:8

Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of REPENTANCE, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Luke 5:32

I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to REPENTANCE.

Luke 13:1

There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

Luke 13:3

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise perish.

(This is repeated two verses later)

Luke 13:5

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise perish.

Luke 15:7

I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that REPENTETH, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no REPENTANCE.

Luke 16:30

And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will REPENT.

Luke 17:3

Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he REPENT, forgive him.

Luke 17:4

And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I REPENT; thou shalt forgive him.

Luke 24:47

And that REPENTANCE and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

6 Reasons Why People Are Lost and in Need of Salvation

1. They are lost because of their rejection of biblical revelation. Acts 14:17; Ps. 19:1; Rom. 1:19-20
2. They are lost because of disobeying their own conscience. Rom. 2:14-16
3. They are lost because of their relationship to the world. Eph. 2:2; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17; 5:19
4. They are lost because of their relationship to Satan. John 8:42-44; 12:31; 2 Cor. 4:4; Col. 1:13; 1 John 3:10; 5:19
5. They are lost because of their relationship to sin. Gen. 2:17; Job 14:4; Jer. 17:19; Rom. 5:12; 7:14; Eph. 4:18
6. They are lost because of their relationship to God. Eph. 2:12; 1 John 5:12; Jude 1:19

Acts 2:37-38

37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

38 Then Peter said unto them, REPENT, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 3:19

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 5:31

Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give REPENTANCE to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

Acts 8:22

REPENT therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

Acts 11:18

When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted REPENTANCE unto life.

Acts 13:24

When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of REPENTANCE to all the people of Israel.

Acts 17:30

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to REPENT:

Acts 19:4

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of REPENTANCE, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

Acts 20:21

Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, REPENTANCE toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 26:20

But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should REPENT and turn to God, and do works meet for REPENTANCE.

17 Key Words in the Vocabulary of Salvation

1. Repentance—turning from sin Matt. 9:13; Acts 17:30; 26:20
2. Faith—turning to the Savior Acts 20:21; Eph. 2:8-9; Heb. 11:6
3. Substitution—Christ dying on the cross in our stead 1 Pet. 3:18; John 10:11
4. Reconciliation—bringing together through a third party two opposing parties 2 Cor. 5:18-20
5. Propitiation—Christ satisfying the holiness of God on the cross Rom. 3:25; Eph. 2:13; Col. 1:20; 1 John 2:2; 4:10
6. Remission—putting away or carrying away our sins—also synonymous with forgiveness Lev. 16:21-22; Heb. 9:26; 13:12-13; Rom. 3:25; Eph. 4:32; Col. 2:13
7. Regeneration—receiving a new nature through the second birth John 1:12-13; 3:3; 1 John 5:1
8. Redemption—obtaining by paying a ransom price Luke 1:68; Gal 3:13; Heb. 9:12
9. Imputation—God adding the righteousness of Christ to the believing sinner Isa. 53:5, 11; Rom. 4:3-8; Phil. 3:7-8
10. Adoption—wherein the believing sinner enjoys all the privileges and responsibilities of adult sonhood Gal. 4:4-5; Rom. 8:15-23; Eph. 1:5
11. Supplication (prayer)— communicating with God Luke 18:13; Acts 2:21; Rom. 10:13; Jude 20
12. Justification—God declaring a repentant sinner righteous Rom. 5:1; 8:33
13. Sanctification—God setting us apart for growth and service John 17:17; Eph. 5:26; 1 Thess. 4:3-4; 5:23
14. Glorification—the ultimate, eternal, and absolute physical, mental, and spiritual perfection of all believers Rom. 8:18, 23, 30; 5:2; 1 Cor. 15:43; Col. 3:4; 1 Pet. 5:1
15. Election—being chosen by God Eph. 1:4; 2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 2:9
16. Foreknowledge—that attribute of God which provided him in advance with all the facts concerning the elect Acts 15:18; Rom. 8:29; 1 Pet. 1:2
17. Predestination—God’s eternal plan whereby all believing sinners are conformed to the image of Christ Rom. 8:29-30; Eph. 1:9-12

Romans 2:4

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to REPENTANCE?

2 Cor 7:9

Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to REPENTANCE: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

2 Cor 7:10

For godly sorrow worketh REPENTANCE to salvation not to be REPENTED of:

but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

2 Tim 2:25

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them REPENTANCE to the acknowledging of the truth; H

Heb 6:1

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of REPENTANCE from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Heb 6:6

If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto REPENTANCE; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

Heb 7:21

(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not REPENT, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec

Heb 12:17

For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of REPENTANCE, though he sought it carefully with tears.

2 Peter 3:7

He tells the godly that God’s long patience will hasten their REPENTANCE

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to REPENTANCE.

Rev 2:5

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and REPENT, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou REPENT.

Rev 2:16

REPENT; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Rev 2:21

21 And I gave her space to REPENT of her fornication; and she REPENTED not.

Rev 2:22

Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they REPENT of their deeds.

Rev 3:3

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and REPENT.  If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Rev 3:19

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and REPENT.

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