The following articles are related to the topic of REPENTANCE

Solomon’s Temple Dedication Prayer and “Repentance”

The temple that Solomon constructed in Jerusalem was a magnificent structure, and the day of its dedication was one of solemnity and reverence. Though the king of Israel was flawed in a number of particulars, his prayer of dedication on this occasion was a model of spirituality. It is particularly significant as a "lexicon" definition of sorts of what is ... read more »

Genesis 6:6 – Did God Repent?

How does one explain this puzzling verse? "And it repented Jehovah that he had made man upon the earth, and it grieved him at his heart" (Gen. 6:6). First, let us demonstrate what the passage cannot mean.It does not mean that God created the human family, expecting that it would remain loyal to him, but that, eventually, humanity strayed.The Lord ... read more »

What Is the Fruit of Repentance?

"When John the Baptist told the Jews that they must bring forth 'fruit' worthy of repentance, what did he mean by 'fruit' (Matthew 3:8)?" There are three things to be taken into consideration in answering this question. - Exactly what is "repentance"? - What is the significance of the expression, "worthy of"? - What is implied by the phrase, "bring ... read more »

Are Apostates from the Faith beyond Repentance?

"Please explain Hebrews 6:6. Is it 'impossible' for some people to repent of their sins and be saved? This seems to be in conflict with Peter's statement that God wants all people to come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9)." Hebrews 6:6, especially the part that reads, "it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance," is troubling to many sincere ... read more »

Did Jesus Exclude Repentance from Forgiveness?

Would you explain what appears to be a conflict in the way we interpret the Scriptures? Jesus frequently encountered sinful people whom he "forgave," with no mention of repentance. For example, he said to a crippled man, "Son, be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven" (Mt. 9:2). There is no mention of repentance. First, it must be recognized that ... read more »

Acts 2:38—Not So Tough

The Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry maintains a website that operates out of southern California. It is under the oversight of author and webmaster, Matthew J. Slick, BA, MDiv. Mr. Slick is also an associate "pastor" and "elder" with the Wellspring Christian Fellowship in Escondido, California. [Note: In the New Testament, the titles "pastor" and "elder" represent the same role ... read more »

Acts 2:21 — Calling on the Lord’s Name

In his sermon on the day of Pentecost, Peter declared: "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21). In view of this statement, folks sometimes ask: Why do members of the church of Christ insist that baptism is a requirement for being saved? One should not assume that calling upon the Lord's name, and ... read more »

The Use of the Preposition “Eis” in Matthew 12:41

In numerous articles we have called attention to the force of the preposition eis as used in Acts 2:38. Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto eis the remission of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. See our recent article, The Preposition Eis in Acts 2:38 ... read more »

The Preposition “Eis” in Acts 2:38

For several generations God's people have conducted debates with our denominational neighbors as to the meaning of the word "for" (Greek, eis) in Acts 2:38. Peter commanded on that occasion: "Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for [unto ASV] the remission of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of ... read more »

God Made No Distinction

One of the first doctrinal problems encountered by the early church involved an attempt by certain Jewish Christians to graft the Mosaic law onto the gospel system as a means of divine justification. When Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch, certain Judaizers came from Jerusalem, contending: "Unless you are circumcised after the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved" (Acts ... read more »