6734 repentance, importance of
Repentance is of central importance because sin brings God’s judgment and fellowship with God is only possible through full and sincere repentance. God, through his servants, calls people to repent as the only way to escape the judgment and receive the forgiveness and restoration which he offers.
The call to repentance
Repentance opens the way for blessing
God desires that all people should repent
He wants everyone to be saved Eze 18:23
Taking God’s opportunity for repentance
Refusing God’s opportunity for repentance
Repentance may not remove the effects of human sin
Nu 14:39-45 The Israelites’repentance could not prevent the wandering that resulted from their refusal to enter the promised land; 1Sa 15:24-26 Saul’s repentance is too late to escape God’s judgment on his kingship; 2Sa 12:13-14 Despite David’s repentance the son of his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba still died; Heb 12:16-17 Esau’s repentance could not bring back the birthright he had sold to Jacob.
|2375||kingdom of God|
|5048||opportunities & salvation|
|5763||attitudes, positive to God|
|6178||hardness of heart|
|8653||importunity to God|