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Repentance Is...
by Arnost Vevoda 
09/22/08
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There are three Greek words used in the New Testament to denote repentance... * Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary - Cite This Source - Share This!


(1.) The verb metamelomai, to rue, regret; to have dissatisfaction with one's self for what one has done, to change or alter one's purpose, have anxiety consequent on a past transaction;
This word is used with reference to the repentance of Judas
(Matt. 27:3).

(2.) Metanoeo, meaning to change one's mind and purpose,
as the result of after knowledge. This verb, with
(3) the cognate noun 'metanoia', is used of true repentance,
a change of mind and purpose and life, to which remission of sin
is promised. Evangelical repentance consists of

(1)a true sense of one's own guilt and sinfulness;
(2) an apprehension of God's mercy in Christ;
(3) an actual hatred of sin (Ps. 119:128; Job 42:5, 6; 2 Cor. 7:10)
and turning from it to God;
(4) a persistent endeavor after a holy life in a walking with God
in the way of his commandments. The true penitent is conscious
of guilt (Psa. 51:4, 9), of pollution (51:5, 7, 10),
and of helplessness (51:11; 109:21, 22).
Thus he apprehends himself to be just what God has always seen him
to be and declares him to be. But repentance comprehends not only
such a sense of sin, but also an apprehension of mercy, without which
there can be no true repentance (Ps. 51:1; 130:4).
There are three Greek words used in the New Testament
to denote repentance.
(1.) The verb 'metamelomai' is used of a change of mind,
such as to produce regret or even remorse on account of sin,
but not necessarily a change of heart.
This word is used with reference to the repentance of Judas
(Matt. 27:3).
(2.) Metanoeo, meaning to change one's mind
and purpose, as the result of after knowledge. This verb,with
(3) the cognate noun 'metanoia', is used of true repentance,
a change of mind and purpose and life, to which remission of sin
is promised. Evangelical repentance consists of
(1) a true sense of one's own guilt and sinfulness;
(2) an apprehension of God's mercy in Christ;
(3) an actual hatred of sin (Psa. 119:128; Job 42:5, 6; 2 Cor. 7:10)
and turning from it to God; and
(4) a persistent endeavor after a holy life in a walking with God
in the way of his commandments.
The true penitent is conscious of guilt (Psa. 51:4, 9),
of pollution (51:5, 7, 10), and of helplessness (51:11; 109:21, 22).
Thus he apprehends himself to be just what God has always seen him
to be and declares him to be. But repentance comprehends not only
such a sense of sin, but also an apprehension of mercy,
without which there can be no true repentance (Psa. 51:1; 130:4).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary - Cite This Source - Share This

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