REPENT…the FIRST word of the GOSPEL

“REPENT…the FIRST Word of the GOSPEL”

Luke 24:44-48

And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

45  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

46  And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

47  And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

48  And ye are witnesses of these things.


Luke 24:47

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.


Part of the job of the Pastor, is to be apt to teach…

The subjects being taught are necessary and with purpose, so that the people of God need not be misled or confused into some false doctrine, heresy, or hyper-evangelistic pseudo church mentality.

REPENTANCE has been under attack before, and until Jesus comes, we will continue to face opposition to this and every other Bible doctrine.

The Word of God doesn’t need to be propped up…the Bible STANDS!



Salvation is the WORK of God…but it comes with TERMS/REQUIREMENTS

  • REPENTANCE towards God (the One offended)
  • FAITH towards our Lord Jesus Christ (the One offered)
    • The issue is NOT of FAITH…we BELIEVE that a sinner MUST BELIEVE, but he MUST REPENT and BELIEVE!!!
    • If believing were the point and repentance were just repenting of “unbelief” then the devils would be in heaven with you!

James 2:19

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

Luke 4:41

And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.



  • If believing was ALL there was to it, then HOW can you believe and STILL go to HELL?

I Corinthians 15:1-2

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

We are SAVED by the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ…

It IS possible to have BELIEVED in VAIN

VAIN – empty, worthless belief…

HOW is it possible to believe and STILL go to HELL!?!

            There MUST be MORE to the Gospel than JUST believing…

            Actually it is INSEPERABLE from true Biblical belief

            Saving FAITH in Jesus requires BOTH REPENTANCE and BELIEF


I Samuel 16:7b

“…for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

Man can only see the OUTWARD change, and God designed REPENTANCE to produce a visible and outward change.

II Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Beholdthe Greek tense, voice, and mood, declare it IMPERATIVE that YOU SEE and KNOW!

are becomeindicative mood of the Greek word lets us know that the action HAS, IS, and WILL CONTINUE to happen!!!

18  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

  • Defined by John the Baptist – Matthew 3
    • Change of life PRODUCED by FAITH from one who HAS REPENTED
  • Demanded by John the Baptist – Matthew 3


  • Defined by JESUS
    • Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah

Matthew 12:41

The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas;

What did Nineveh DO?  They Believed God AND REPENTED…

Jonah 3:8

But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

  • Demanded by Jesus

Mark 2:17

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Luke 5:32

I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

 Luke 24:47

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

  • Repentance of SINS – your part
  • Remission of SINS – God’s part


Also granted (gift/NOT works) to the Gentiles as well…

Acts 11:18

When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

Acts 20:21 

Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.


Acts 26:20 

But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

Romans 2:4

  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?


  • DEFINED by Paul

Hebrews 6:1

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

  • DEMANDED by Paul

2Corinthians 7:10

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

2Corinthians 7:11 

For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.


Matthew 3:2 

And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.



Mark 1:15 

And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.


Present Tense- a statement of fact or reality occurring in actual time – NOW

 Active Voice- represents the subject as the doer or performer of the action.

Imperative Mood- expresses a command to the hearer to perform a certain action by the order and authority of the one commanding.  Thus, Jesus’ phrase, “Repent ye, and believe the gospel” is not at all an “invitation,” but an absolute command requiring full obedience on the part of all hearers.

These were OBVIOUSLY non-believers…(not believers who needed to repent)

These were people that Jesus called to REPENT


Luke 13:1-5

There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

2  And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?


1) devoted to sin, a sinner

1a) not free from sin

1b) pre-eminently sinful, especially wicked

1b1) all wicked men

1b2) specifically of men stained with certain definite vices or crimes

1b2a) tax collectors, heathen,



1) to sin, miss, miss the way, go wrong, incur guilt, forfeit, purify from uncleanness


1a) (Qal)

1a1) to miss

1a2) to sin, miss the goal or path of right and duty

1a3) to incur guilt, incur penalty by sin, forfeit


1b) (Piel)

1b1) to bear loss

1b2) to make a sin-offering

1b3) to purify from sin

1b4) to purify from uncleanness


1c) (Hiphil)

1c1) to miss the mark

1c2) to induce to sin, cause to sin

1c3) to bring into guilt or condemnation or punishment


1d) (Hithpael)

1d1) to miss oneself, lose oneself, wander from the way

1d2) to purify oneself from uncleanness


3  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

4  Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

5  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

AV-repent 34; 34

Except ye repent: – The subjunctive mood is the mood of possibility and potentiality.  The action described may or may not occur, depending upon circumstances


1) to change one’s mind, i.e. to repent

2) to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins


There are 2 words translated REPENT.

The distinction often given between these is;

3338 μεταμελομαι metamellomai met-am-el’-lom-ahee, refers to an emotional change,

3340 μετανοεω metanoeo met-an-o-eh’-o, to a change of choice,

3338 has reference to particulars,

3340 to the entire life,

3338 signifies nothing but regret even amounting to remorse, 3340 that reversal of moral purpose known as repentance; does not seem to be sustained by usage.

But that 3340 is the fuller and nobler term, expressive of moral action and issues, is indicated not only by its derivation, but by the greater frequency of its use (34 times vs. 6 times)and by the fact it is often used in the imperative.



  • “WORKS”
    • To “turn from” would be WORKS
    • (If that’s the case, SO is PRAYING or RECEIVING or kneeling or breathing…)
    • Armenian doctrine (works salvation) is stopping sin or starting good in order to be or keep salvation
    • “Easy-Believism”  teaches that all God requires is believing (the devils believe AND tremble!!!)
  • Sin of UN-belief
    • Repenting of not believing and then believing in order to be saved
    • This “sounds good” if there were no other Bible for us to read


  • What saith the Scriptures

2Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.


Luke 11:32 

The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

Jonah 3:6-10

6  For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

7  And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:

8  But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

9  Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

10  And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

ð      Illustration of NOT repenting

Revelation 9:20-21

20  And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

21  Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.


ð       CONSEQUENCE of  NOT repenting

Matthew 11:20-24

Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:

Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

The Book of Revelation repeatedly mentions those who WILL NOT REPENT of their DEEDS/WORKS

ð       SHOW me your FAITH…

God is NOT interested in TALK…He is looking for the REPENTANT HEART who will BELIEVE on Jesus Christ for their eternal Salvation

                                                     Luke 24:47     

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.