Thought for Today
Repentance and The Religion of our Day
The above graph shows the frequency per million words that the word “repent” is used from 1540 AD to now.
“And saying, Repent ye:
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”
It is interesting to note that the high usage of this word occurred when the Bible was made available to the common people and during the subsequent awakenings of the Church. Contrast this with the powerless preaching of the Gospel in our day.
“For godly sorrow produces repentance to salvation,
which brings no regret.
But the sorrow of the world produces death”
2 Corinthians 7:10
A Gospel which does not lead to godly sorrow cannot produce repentance. This is necessary for change and the restorative work of God within a redeemed soul. Repentance is the conduit through which the power of God is released. It is by repentance unto salvation that the lost are brought into life and liberty.
“The Lord is not slow concerning his promise,
as some count slowness; but is patient with us,
not wishing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance“
2 Peter 3:9
The power and life of the church is known by the gospel it presents and the corresponding depth of the transforming work of God within His people.
God’s word to the Church in Asia, in six of the seven letters, was to repent of their ways, their teachings and their spiritual condition. This is the last written communication in the Holy Scriptures. It is to His people that the word “repent” goes forth. Let us not marginalize the need for repentance in sharing the purity of the Gospel with one another.
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:
be zealous therefore, and repent”