Man needs transformation or conversion. The Old Testament in no uncertain terms reiterates the same truth over and over again. A representative and very specific statement to that effect is found in 2 Chron. Meaning of Repentance and Conversion in the New Testament. Two Greek words are translated as repentance. Metamelomai has the basic connotation of feeling differently, or remorse Matt. Judas repented only in the sense of remorse, not with the idea of abandoning sin. Paul used this word with such a meaning 2 Cor. Metanoeo metanoia, noun is regularly used to express the requisite state of mind necessary for the forgiveness of sin.
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Fruits of Repentance
Acts 3: 14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 15And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. These two words have been so misunderstood and twisted by many theologians and church leaders. That today it has produced half baked faith in many church goers of the Pentecostal brand of Christians. As a called teacher of the word we are instructed to by the Apostle Paul in. Timothy 2: 15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. So, let us start with the understanding what each of these words means before we continue this study. The dictionary.
29: Repentance and Conversion
There is no new theology. There are new books published every month. Repentance belongs exclusively to the religion of sinners. It has no place in the exercises of unfallen creatures. He who has never done a sinful act nor had a sinful nature needs neither forgiven. But sinners need all these blessings. To them they are indispensable. The wickedness of the human heart makes it necessary.
Last year while Elder David S. Baxter and I were driving to a stake conference, we stopped at a restaurant. Later when returning to our car, we were approached by a woman who called out to us. We were startled by her appearance. We said yes. Almost unrestrained, she told the story of her tragic life, swamped in sin. Now, only 28 years old, she was miserable. She felt worthless, with nothing to live for.