Submitted by jeffreyb (United States), Feb 21, 2006 at 16:50... Repentance is NOT optional!
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Bear fruit that befits repentance,
"I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel."
So they went out and preached that men should repent.
and he went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
Bear fruits that befit repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our father'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish."
Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
And he said, `No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'
and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
And Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
When they heard this they were silenced. And they glorified God, saying, "Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance unto life."
Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.
Before his coming John had preached a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead."
And Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus."
testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance to God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
but declared first to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout all the country of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God and perform deeds worthy of their repentance.
Or do you presume upon the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not know that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
II Corinthians 7:10
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death.
II Timothy 2:25-26
correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth, and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
II Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
... And if you repent and later fall away...
For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they then commit apostasy, since they crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt.
... And if you don't repent...
Revelation of John 16:10-11
The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was in darkness; men gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores, and did not repent of their deeds.
... If you 'believe' in Jesus... You will 'repent' of your sins and turn to God... As He commanded... ;)
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