Repentance

What is Repentance?


Repentance is quite a popular term in Christian circles. You may have heard, so many times, sermons being preached where unbelievers (and believers) have been called to repent from their sins in order to be saved.
Probably, you may have also been admonished to repent from any bad deed you’ve committed. 
This term is quite popular. But what is it, really?

We first want to note that there is a difference between repentance and forgiveness of sins. Let us see what the Bible has to say about that in Acts 2:38:

“And Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission (forgiveness) of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 2:38


Both terms are seen here in Peter’s statement. This shows how different they are. They cannot be used interchangeably. Did you notice that repentance comes first? After repentance comes being baptized for the forgiveness of sins. If repentance is not the same as forgiveness, then what is it?

In the Old Testament, Hebrew words were originally used for the term ‘repent.’ They were the words “nacham” and “shuwb.” Let’s go through them, one after the other.

jokers, orange, blue

Nacham

“Nacham” simply means to change one’s mind in regret, to feel sorry, or to console. 

After God freed His people from the hands of the Egyptians, in the Book of Exodus; God did not want them repenting. 

“And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, ‘Lest peradventure the people repent (nacham) when they see war, and they return to Egypt..”

Exodus 13:17

God did not lead them through the shorter way of Philistia, because He knew they would be attacked. They just became free people. They just left the bondage of slavery. Imagine what would happen if they experience war right after leaving Egypt… 

War will definitely be way worse than slavery. They will regret and change their minds to return back to Egypt.

Have you noticed that this had nothing to do with sin? It was simply a change of mind out of regret.

Shuwb

The next Hebrew word often translated into English as “repent” is the word, “shuwb.” This word simply means to “turn” or  “return.” 

This word has the imagery of a person in a wrong path. This person hears an instruction and then turns the other way.

After God freed His people from the hands of the Egyptians, in the Book of Exodus; God did not want them repenting. 

“And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, ‘Lest peradventure the people repent (nacham) when they see war, and they return to Egypt..”

Consequat ipsum, nec sagittis sem nibh id elit. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aenean sapien nunc, aliquam et sollicitudin a, mollis sit amet odio.

CAenean sapien nunc, aliquam et sollicitudin a, mollis sit amet odio.

Proin gravida nibh vel velit auctor aliquet. Aenean sollicitudin, lorem quis bibendum auctor, nisi elit consequat ipsum, nec sagittis sem nibh id elit. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aenean sapien nunc, aliquam et sollicitudin a, mollis sit amet odio.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.