Repentance From Dead Works

A tenet of the Elementary Teachings about Christ

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repent       repentance     repented        repentest
repenteth    repenting      repentings
attrition    compunction    contriteness    contrition
penitence    regret         remorse         self-condemnation
From Funk & Wagnalls Standard Handbook of Synonyms, Antonyms & Prepositions:

Repentance is sorrow for sin with self-condemnation, and complete turning from the sin. Regret is sorrow for any painful or annoying matter. One is moved with penitence for wrong-doing. To speak of regret for a fault of our own marks it as slighter than one regarding which we should express penitence. Penitence is transient, and may involve no change of character or conduct. There may be sorrow without repentance, as for consequences only, but not repentance without sorrow. Compunction suggests a painful twinge of conscience, but only a momentary one, whereas remorse implies an abiding, prolonged suffering. Remorse is, as its derivation indicates, a biting or gnawing back of guilt upon the heart, with no turning of heart from the sin, and no suggestion of divine forgiveness.

Contrition and attrition are both theological terms. Contrition is sincere sorrow for sin, wrong-doing, or offense, especially as arising from a sense of the baseness of sin and of God’s loving mercy; attrition is sorrow or repentance for sin arising from fear of punishment.



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Ezek. 18:20‑32

“Repent and live”

Matt. 3:2;4:17

“…​repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

Mark 1:15

Kingdom of God at hand, repent and believe

Mark 6:12

Jesus sending out the 12, …​they went out and preached that people should repent.

Luke 24:44-48

Repentance and forgiveness must be preached.

Acts 2:38

Repent and be baptized…​

Acts 3:19

Repent…​ that your sins may be blotted (wiped - NIV) out.

Acts 17:30

“…​God…​ now commands all men (people - NIV) everywhere to repent.”

Acts 26:20

Repent and turn to God…​

Ezek. 18:4,20

For every living soul belongs to me [God]…​ the one who sins dies

Luke 13:3,5

Unless you repent, you…​ will…​ perish.

Rev. 2:5

I [God] will remove your candlestick

Rev. 2:16

…​will make war [fight - NIV] against you

Ezek. 18:21,22

if he turns…​ he will live…​ none of [his] offenses…​ will be remembered…​

Acts 3: 19

repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be blotted [wiped - NIV] out and seasons [times - NIV] of refreshing may come…​

2 Cor. 7:10

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret…​

Heb. 9:14

After repenting, Jesus blood cleanses our consciences.



Works and Deeds are required
Matt. 3:7,8; Luke 3:8

John the Baptizer preached “produce fruit worthy of repentance.”

Acts 26:20

Paul preached “repent and turn to God and prove your repentance by your deeds.”

We are to preach it
Mark 6

[by example…] they went out and preached… (Jesus sends out the 12)

Luke 24:47

repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name

Acts 20:21

Example of Paul speaking to the Elders of Ephesus

Forgiveness is required
Luke 17:3

if a brother sins, rebuke him, if he repents, forgive him 4) 7 times he sins and turns, 7 times saying “I repent,” forgive him each

Luke 24:44-48

Repentance and forgiveness must be preached.

Matt. 6:9-15

Jesus after model prayer - and if you forgive [others]… your Father will forgive you, but if you do not forgive [others]… your Father will not forgive [you].

Matt. 12:22‑32; Luke 12:1-12

There is a sin that will not be forgiven

Repentance not a sure thing?

And there will come a time when we can no longer repent

Acts 8:22

Repent and pray the Lord, if perhaps the thought… shall be forgiven you

2 Tim. 2:25

gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance…

Heb. 6:4‑(6)‑12

Impossible to be brought to repent once you’ve become a Christian and have been enlightened then turned away.

Heb. 12:17

Esau (type) lost his birthright & couldn’t get it back



God’s part in repentance

He gives it (or grants it)
Acts 5:31

God exalted [Jesus]… to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins

Acts 11:18

… to the Gentiles… God granted repentance unto life

2 Tim. 2:25

… if perhaps God may give them r. unto the knowledge of the truth

He produces it
Romans 2:4

…not knowing that the goodness [kindness - NIV] of God leads you to repentance

2 Cor. 7:9,10

…you were made sorry unto repentance… 10) for godly sorrow works repentance

James 4:7‑10

God’s kindness discussed

He wants all to repent
Ezek. 18:23

“Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?

Ezek. 33:11

“… I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die…”

2 Pet. 3:9

[God]… is long-suffering to you… not wishing any… perish, but that all… repent.