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S2E9: Why and when, do we repent?

Monday, October 26, 2020
Welcome to S2E9 of Martha's Talk! 
In today's episode, we are going to speak about repentance. While some know me as Tasha, God changed my name to Martha. He also called me to be an Apostle. This simply means, that he commissioned me to go wherever he sends me to preach or teach the gospel, in truth and in love. Martha's Talk is a talk show in which I share the love of Christ for humanity, in Spirit and in Truth.

In today's episode we are going to go over:

Focus scripture:

  • Romans 5:1-21 1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Christ in Our Place 6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. 12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Q&A: What is justification? What is sanctification? What is glorification?
  • Justification as used in Romans 5:1 in Hebrews is dikaiow and it means to render (i.e. show or regard as) just or innocent:--free, justify(-ier), be righteous.
    • Titus 3:1-7 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. 3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
    • Romans 4:13-25; 5:1-5 13 13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, 15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be [a]sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
    • Galatians 3:22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
  • Sanctification as used in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, is agiazw in Hebrews and it means to make holy, i.e. (ceremonially) purify or consecrate; (mentally) to venerate:--hallow, be holy, sanctify.
    • 1 Corinthians 4:1 This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.
    • 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
    • 2 Timothy 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
  • Glorification as used in 2 Thessalonians 2:13 is agiasmoj in Hebrews, and it means properly, purification, i.e. (the state) purity; concretely (by Hebraism) a purifier:--holiness, sanctification
    • 2 Thessalonians 2:1-15 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.
Q&A: What is sin?
The word sin in James 4:17 in Hebrews is amartia and it means to miss the mark. According to the Apostle James in James 4:17, sin is not doing the good we know to do. This means, 
  • we have to know good (we have the help of the Holy Spirit and the bible)
  • we ought to do what we know is good (we have the help of the Holy Spirit and the bible)
If we do not know whether or not something is good, are we still accountable (justify actions) for committing sin?

The first time the word sin, is mentioned in the bible is in Genesis 4:1-15, and the word for sin in Hebrew in Genesis 4 is  
D@HG and it means an offence (a breach of a law or rule; an illegal act).
  • 4:1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” 2 Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. 6 So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” 8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. 11 So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.” 13 And Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear! 14 Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me.” 15 And the Lord said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him."
Q&A: What is repentance? Why? When? How?
Q&A: Repentance, what is it? 
The word repent in Hebrew is (metanoew) and it means to change one's mind (to change one's mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one's past sins). When the bible speaks about repentance, it is referencing:
    • Repentance before being born-again - When sinners repent, they are repenting from all of their sins, including unbelief regarding Jesus's Christ Lordship. The word convict in Hebrew is (elegcw), according to John 16:7-15 it means to admonish (to warn or reprimand someone firmly). As I discussed in S1E7 How does God communicate, when the Holy Spirit is convicting the world of sin (meaning those who do not believe in Jesus Christ), they will have unrest in their soul.
      • John 16:7-15 The Holy Spirit convicts (elegcw) the world (not saints) under three circumstances: 
        • Sin - because the world does not believe in Jesus Christ
        • Righteousness - because Jesus Christ is with the Father, and will no longer be seen by the world
        • Judgement - because the ruler of the world is judged
      • Example: Acts 2:31-41
    • Repentance after being born-again -When born again believers repent from the sin that the Holy Spirit through the written word of God warned (admonish) them about. The Holy Spirit does not convict believers of sins the same way that he convicts unbelievers (e.g. unrest), unless they become an unbeliever. The Holy Spirit warns (adomish) born-again believers not to sin, and if they do sin, to repent. As I discussed in S1E7 How does God communicate, when the Holy Spirit is convicting believers of sin (meaning those who do believe in Jesus Christ), they will not have peace in their heart or mind.
      • Admonish (nouqetew) = 
        warn or reprimand someone firmly (advise and urge someone earnestly).
        •  But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
        • Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
      • Warn = 
        inform someone in advance of an impending or possible danger, problem, or other unpleasant situation.
        • Galatians 6:1-2 = Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Once we repent from our sins, the Holy Spirit will never bring that sin to your memory, or keep convicting you of that sin. Want to know how I know? Once we repent, God does not remember our sins anymore according to Hebrews 8:12. How can God bring up a repented sin, that he does not remember anymore?
    The word repent in Acts 26:16-20 in Hebrew is metanoew, and it means to change one mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one's past sins
    • Preaching repentance to sinners
      • Acts 26:16-20 16 But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 17 I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.
    • Teaching repentance to saints
      • 2 Corinthians 7:1-12 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have cheated no one. 3 I do not say this to condemn; for I have said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. 4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation. 5 For indeed, when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. 6 Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, 7 and not only by his coming, but also by the consolation with which he was comforted in you, when he told us of your earnest desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more. 8 For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. 9 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 11 For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter. 12 Therefore, although I wrote to you, I did not do it for the sake of him who had done the wrong, nor for the sake of him who suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear to you.
    Repentance & Deliverance
    Are we delivered when we repent from sins?
      • S2E8 Healing & Deliverance
      • John 8:31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
      • James 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
    • We know that we are outside of God's will, or about to be outside of God's will when we:
      • #1. Have thoughts, feelings, and emotions clouding our mind and heart, at any point. God created our mind to be completely free from intruding, unwelcoming thoughts, feelings, and emotions. 
      • #2. Have to try to avoid thinking negative thoughts, or ungodly thoughts or have to try to replace negative thoughts by professing Godly thoughts. 
      • #3. If unclean thoughts just pop up, and we know that it is not from us, nor is it from God.
    The way that we know God want our attention is when we do not have rest (biblical rest means to have a relaxed soul), and or when we do not have God's peace guarding our heart and guarding our mind. 
    • When God want sinners (unbelievers) to repent from sin and accept Jesus Christ as Lord, they will not have rest (see Matthew 11). The opposite of rest is unrest (worry, anxiety, fear, etc in their emotions, feelings, and thoughts). 
    • When God want believers to do something or not to do something and we hadn't sinned, we will not have God's peace guarding our mind and heart in the Lord,  until we are in his will or make the decision to get in his will (see 2 Corinthians 2:12-13).  Should we understand how to be led by the Holy Spirit, it is very possible that we will never sin again (Romans 6, 1 John 3:4-8). However, if we do sin, we should repent and believe that once we do repent that God does not remember our sins any more (Hebrews 8:10-13). 
    • The only time a born-again believer will not have rest in their soul (emotions, feelings, and thoughts) is when they have doubting faith. Thus, they will need to repent for having doubting faith and then the feelings, emotions, and thoughts of fear, worry, and anxiety will automatically leave them. Just because believers are suffering as a Christian, for Jesus Christ, does not mean that they are not in God's will. In James 1:2-8, the Apostle James wrote  "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do."  
    • Quote from the NKJV Color Study Bible:  "Doubting means to be divided in one's mind (soul) or "to debate." The term does not describe a momentary doubt but a divided allegiance and uncertainty. Double minded is literally "two souls." If one part of a person is set on God and the other is set on the world (see Matthew 6:24), there will be constant conflict within"
    • What is the cure to doubt? Repentance due to doubt, and then asking God for wisdom to know what was doubted and how not to doubt what you previously doubted.
    • What is the cure to unbelief?  God's grace, and hearing the word of God.
    • Recommended episode: Moments - What is faith? 

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