Class Notes: 11/18/2020

Jonah, Nineveh, and Nemesis part 18 The doctrine of repentance

John 3:19-20; "This is the judgment, that the Light (the truth) has come into the world, and men loved the darkness (the lie) rather than the Light (the truth), for their deeds were evil.
20 "For everyone who does evil hates the Light (the truth), and does not come to the Light (truth) for fear that his (evil) deeds will be exposed.

Luke 8:16-18 (NET) "No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand so that those who come in can see the light.
17 For nothing is hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing concealed that will not be made known and brought to light.
18 So listen carefully, for whoever has will be given more, but whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him."

2Cor 13:8; We can do nothing against the truth only for the truth.

Heb 10:30-31; For we know the one who said, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people."31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Prov 6:16-19; (NET) There are six things that the Lord hates, even seven things that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift to run to evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who spreads discord among family members.

Psalm 125:1-5; (NET) Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion; it cannot be upended and will endure forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, now and forevermore.

3 Indeed, the scepter of a wicked king will not settle upon the allotted land of the godly. Otherwise the godly might do what is wrong.
4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, to the morally upright!

5 As for those who are bent on traveling a sinful path, may the Lord remove them, along with those who behave wickedly! May Israel experience peace!

Psalm 91:1-9; (NET) 1 As for you, the one who lives in the shelter of the sovereign One, and resides in the protective shadow of the mighty king -
2 I say this about the Lord, my shelter and my stronghold, my God in whom I trust

3 he will certainly rescue you from the snare of the hunter and from the destructive plague.
4 He will shelter you with his wings; you will find safety under his wings. His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall.

5 You need not fear the terrors of the night, the arrow that flies by day,
6 the plague that comes in the darkness, or the disease that comes at noon.

7 Though a thousand may fall beside you, and a multitude on your right side, it will not reach you.
8 Certainly you with your very own eyes see the Nemesis of the wicked.

9 because you have taken refuge in the Lord, my shelter, the sovereign One.

Isa 26:3-4; You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.

1Peter 3:12; For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer. But the Lord opposes evil people.

James 5:16; Admit your failures to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous person can accomplish much.

Never forget that Jesus always plays chicken with the devil and his lying sycophants and snatches glorious victory from the jaws of what the false narrative of the public lie falsely alleges to be unavoidable imminent defeat. Psa 23:4; 2Cor 12:9-10; 2Cor 13:8;

We just concluded our study of Jonah, Nineveh, Israel, Judah, Assyria, and Nemesis and where we see God's policy of grace before judgment. God always provides the opportunity for repentance before he executes judgment. Jonah 3:3-10;

This brings us to a brief study on the doctrine of repentance.

In the New Testament the Greek transitive verb "metanoeo" that is translated repentance means to change one's thinking, or to change the mind.

The noun "metanoia", Rom 2:4; means a change of mind or a turning away to something else When addressed to salvation and the spiritual life this change of mind comes from developing doctrinal viewpoint that changes from the human viewpoint that has been learned previously.

The moment anyone who believes in Jesus Christ repentance occurs. That is the moment of salvation. Repentance is a rational decision that comes from ones mentality repentance is not emotion. Again, repentance is based on rational thought not emotional feelings.

In the Old Testament the Hebrew verbs nacham" and "shuwb," are translated repent," they also mean to turn, to change one's thinking, or mind. When witnessing, the evangelist only provides accurate information, getting the unbeliever to "repent" is not the evangelist's responsibility. Jonah shows how this works. Jonah 3:4;

Repentance is the function of God the Holy Spirit using the information that has been provided by the evangelist. God the Holy Spirit convicts them and they use their free volition to change their mind when they respond to the accurate information the evangelist has provided under the Holy Spirit's ministry of common grace. John 16:8-11;

Repentance is also a theological concept that is used to explain the mechanics of what occurs at salvation.

In Exod 13:17; we see that the Israelites were not mentally prepared to fight for their freedom. God knew they that when they saw war coming they would change their minds about being free and seek to return to slavery in Egypt.

In this case repentance means to come up to a new set of facts, be influenced by these facts, and then to retreat. This is what has happened over the past 100 years in the USA. Our founders pursued freedom the present generation is pursuing slavery.

Jer 8:3-11; describes the locked in negative volition and refusal to repent of the population of Judah before their Nemesis. This passage appears to describe a majority of US citizens.

When an unbeliever doesn't respond with repentance to the gospel of salvation under the ministry of common grace or a believer doesn't respond with repentance to God's Word of truth under the ministry of teaching grace then their lifestyle is out of control due to unrestrained evil in their life.

Salvation repentance is the change of mind that follows perception of epignosis Gospel information. The inhale is the principle of common grace, when the Holy Spirit takes the message of the witness and makes the mentality of the unbeliever understand it.

Without the ministry of God the Holy Spirit the unbeliever cannot understand spiritual phenomena, 1Cor 2:14. Therefore God the Holy Spirit under common grace acts as the human spirit in the epignosis perception of the Gospel, John 16:8-11; 2Tim 2:25;

After the perception of doctrine under the ministry of the spirit, aka epignosis, positive volition expressed as a change of mental attitude aka faith in Christ.

For the unbeliever faith in Christ and repentance are opposite sides of the same coin. A change in mental attitude about the person and work of Christ is repentance.

For the believer acknowledgment of known sin to God and repentance are also opposite sides of the same coin because acknowledgment of known sin to God is repentance because it reflects a change of mental attitude toward the information revealed in God's Word of truth.

Repentance results in believing, aka the response of faith in Jesus Christ that is salvation adjustment to the justice of God. Matt 13:14-15; teaches that first you change your mind about Christ and then you believe; Matt 12:41; Luke 13:2-3, 5, Luke 15:7,10; Acts 17:30, Acts 20:21, Acts 26:20; Rom 2:4; Heb 12:17.

No one is ever saved by emotion. Feeling sorry for your sins is not salvation; faith in Christ is the only thing that saves. Salvation is faith in Christ plus nothing. If anything is added to faith in Christ it is not salvation because it is not grace. Eph 2:9;

This was Esau's problem because he built up a system of emotional self-righteous legalism that he thought was salvation but God would not honor it because it was not in accord with God's grace policy. Since Esau refused to be saved God's way he had no capacity to receive God's blessing and was not saved. Heb 12:16-17;

God desires everyone to be saved but salvation comes exclusively from God through Jesus Christ on the basis of God's grace policy. 2Pet 3:9, God is "not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance."

That is why believing in Jesus is the only way to salvation. John 14:6;

Acceleration from momentum in the spiritual life demands repentance from human good, Heb 6:1. This is because human good is dead to God's grace policy.

Satan's cosmic system produces nothing but dead works so all human good is dead works. Gen 2:17;

Human good is linked with arrogance and produces boasting, Eph 2:9; Rom 4:2.
Human good is never acceptable to God, Isa 64:6. Rom 3:10-18;
Human good does not save anyone, Eph 2:8-9. Rom 8:1-3;

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