The power of repentance

swan-645589_640Luke 15:21: And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ (ESV)

Repentance means changing your mind which in turn translates to changing your action. The prodigal son, who repented, went back to his father. He retraced his step, after reconsidering his situation (Luke 15:11-32).

Peter said that when we repent, we will experience times of refreshing from the presence of God (Acts 3:19).

This is in contrast to what Adam and Eve experienced when they were chased out of the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), or what King Saul experienced when he had a spirit of torment (1Samuel 16).

Adam, Eve and Saul were disobedient, and their experience was far from “times of refreshing.” And being descendants of Adam we are the inheritors of his sin and it’s consequences (Romans 5:12-21).

But in Jesus, repentance is preached (Luke 24:46-48). And we have the opportunity to come from curses to blessing (Galatians 3), from error to wisdom , from darkness to light (Acts 26:18), to the very presence of God. One moment we were children of wrath (Ephesians 2:1-7), the next, through the gate of repentance, we come to the very presence of God, we have peace with God (Romans 5:1).

Repentance is the gateway to life. When we do not repent, we have chosen to remain the same. When the prodigal son repented, he started moving in the direction of change. Repentance is turning to God, like a plant turns to the sun to blossom.

In repentance we stop rejecting God and experience restoration; we sever our link with the first Adam and embrace the last (1Corinthians 15:45), in whom is victory.

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