After Reading this it Should be Clearer to you Who Repents
Is it the sinner or the saint who repents? Some years ago, I tweeted that everybody should repent. One of my “Followers” responded: “Repentance is for sinners”.
Soon after, many other Followers responded to that statement. So today, I’m asking the identical question again: “What do you think: Who Repents Christians or sinners?”
However, before you respond, I want to ensure that we are all on the same page when it comes to the meaning of repentance. So, click the link above and read about repentance then return to this page? Let’s proceed.
By now, it should be clearer to you who repents! Nevertheless, I’m certain some of you still have reservations about whether it’s sinners or saints?
In Deciding who Repents You must Determine This
In reference to Jesus’ teaching and the quote below, he was responding to complaints that the “religious people” of the time were making.
Jesus was socializing with the “regular-people”. The snobby, aloof, but religious people thought that Jesus should behave like them.
Jesus heard this and replied.
He said, “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Matthew 9:9-13; Mark 2:17; Luke 5:32).
The Bible is replete with many figures of speech. Consequently, when he replied thus he was implying that they didn’t need him because they were so righteous. He was sarcastically pointing out they deficiencies in righteousness.
On the larger scale, in deciding who repents we must determine whom Jesus came to save. However, we don’t need to think very hard.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Who Does the Lord Call to Repent?
Seeing that “all have sinned” then all need to repent. Therefore, you will observe, in the Scripture above, that his call to repent went out to everyone.
The Lord calls a nation to repent.
“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin” (Ezekiel 18:30’ Matthew 3:2).
Who does he call to repent? He also calls cities or towns to repent.
“Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
Therefore, he calls the residents of cities and towns to repent.
Woe unto thee, Chorazin! [W]oe unto thee, Bethsaida! [F]or 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” (Matthew 11:20-21).
A Thorough Understanding of who Repents is Essential
The Lord our God, also calls individuals to repent. Without a
“I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance” (Luke 15:7).
Finally, the Lord calls Christians to repent. He calls the Church to repent.
Therefore, a thorough understanding of who repents is essential to avoid misinformation and confusion in the Church.
According to Doctor Luke, in the scripture-verse immediately above, “just persons” “need no repentance”
How did they become “just” in the first instance? They were not born just persons!
The Bible is replete with various figures of speech, but irrespective of how it is said, repentance is for everyone.
The Lord commands everybody “everywhere to repent”. And Jesus’ disciples preached a similar message (Acts 17:30; Mark 6:12).
The fact that the sinner needs to repent is readily apparent. However, many persons will stumble concerning the importance of saints needing repentance.
Therefore, the just persons are not “just” by default. They didn’t do “good deeds” to become righteous.
Therefore, the “just persons” had to repent to attain to that status.
Similarly, when you understand why we repent then you will comprehend that everyone must repent to approach the Lord God.
Nevertheless, because we sin every day we must repent constantly of those deeds as we journey to perfection in Christ.
When You Think About Who Repents Remember This
Therefore, in answering, who repents always keep in mind that repentance is never finished? We die daily but to different sins.
Consequently, if you find yourself doing the same things that you have read in the Bible, prayed and fasted and desired and heard preachings that you should stop doing them, then you are in need of repentance.
“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” (2 Peter 3:9).
See, He wants “all to come to repentance“. He wants everyone to get to that point where his or her heart breaks before Him. He will always accept such a heart for that’s repentance.
There is a corporate-call to repent and there’s a local or individual call to repent. However, who repents depends on who heard it; believed it and obeyed.
All the calls have the same goal: stop and turn to God, thus avoiding destruction.