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by Ronald R. Shea, Th.M., J.D
Topics Touching the Message of Salvation
— Repentance —
Curriculum Outline and Study Guide | Resurrection | Assurance | Baptism | The Bema | Calvinism | The Gospel Message & Content of Saving Faith | The Creator | Dispensationalism | Eternal Security | Evangelism & Discipleship | Expiation, Propitiation and Redemption | Faith | Fruit . .. Don't you need it? | Grace | Hebrews 10 | Hebrews 6:1-15 | Heirship and Rewards | James 2:14-26 | Jesus is God | 1st John | John MacArthur | Justification | Bilateral Contract Salvation or "Lordship Salvation" | The Market Driven Church | Perseverance of the Saints | Predestination and Free Will | Public Confession of Christ | Regeneration | Repentance | Roman Catholicism | Salvation | Sanctification | The Sheep and Goats Judgment | Silly Gospel Substitutes | "Sovereign" (Irresistible) Grace | Stewardship of the Gospel Message | The Modern "Testimony" | The Ten Commandments: Their Relationship to the Believer | Theology and Doctrine | Total Depravity and `The Bondage of the Will` | Worship Music | Appendix I: Church History from a Free Grace perspective
Introduction and Overview of Repentance
Confusion Over Repentance 3
Repentance in a Nutshell
In a Nutshell, Repentance in the Old Testament
In a Nutshell -- Repentance in the New Testament
Generic Repentance
What Is Saving Repentance?
Repentance: Looking at the Context
Repentance and the Divinity of Jesus, Part 1
Repentance and the Divinity of Jesus, Part 2
Repentence and the Divinity of Jesus, Part 3
Savins Repentnace About the Person and Work of Christ
Repentance and Jesus' Offer of Salvation
Repentance from Religion, Matthew 3:5-9 Part 1
Rep;entance from Religion, Matthew 3:5-9 Part 2
Repentance from Religion: Matthew 3:5-9, Part 3
Repentance from self righteousness: Luke 13:4-5
Repentance from Self Righteousness, Luke 13:4-5
Repentence from Self Righteousness, Luke 13:4-5
Repentance from Religious Ritiuals, Hebrews 6:1-2
Repentance from Religious Rituals, Hebrews 6:1-2
Repentance and Jesus' Offer of Salvation, Summary
Repentance from Sin
Why Would God Need a Bull Horn?
Repentance throughout the New Testament, Introduction
Repentance in Matthew 3
Repentance in Matthew 4:17
Repentance in Matthew 9:13
Repentance in Matthew 11:20-24
Repentance in Matthew 12:41
Repentance in Matthew 21:29
Repentance in Matthew 27:3
Repentance in Mark 1:4
Repentance in Mark 1:15
Repentance in Mark 2:17
Repentance in Mark 6:12
Repentance in Luke 3:3
Repentance in Luke 3:8
Repentance in Luke 5:32
Repentance in Luke 10:13
Repentance in Luke 11:32
Repentance in Luke 13:3, 5
Repentance in Luke 15:7
Repentance in Luke 16:30
Luke 17:3-4
Repentance in Luke 24:47
Repentance in Acts 2:38
Repentance in Acts 3:19
Repentance in Acts 5:31
Repentance in Acts 8:22
Repentance in Acts 11:18
Repentance in Acts 13:24
Repentance in Acts 17:30
Repentance in Acts 19:4
Repentance in Acts 20:21
Repentance in Acts 26:20
Repentance in Romans 2:4
Repentance in Romans 11:29
Repentance in 2 Corinthians 7:8-10
Repentance in 2 Corinthians 12:21
Repentance in 2 Timothy 2:25
Repentance in Hebrews 6:1
Repentance in Hebrews 6:6
Repentance in Hebrews 7:21
Repentance in Hebrews 12:17
Repentance in 2 Peter 3:9
Repentance in Revelation 2:5 (2x)
Repentance in Revelation 2:16
Repentance in Revelation 2:21-22
Repentance in Revelation 3:3
Repentance in Revelation 3:19
Repentance in Revelation 9:20 & 21
Repentance in Revelation 16:9 & 11
Appendix C, Repentance as a Condition for Salvation, pg. 1
Appendix C: Repentance as a Condition for Salvation, pg. 2
Appendix D - Repentance from Sin in the New Testament
Appendix E, Other Theological Usages of Repentance in the New Testament
Appendix F: Generic Repentance in the New Testament

Repentance and Salvation In Scripture




Ronald R. Shea, Th.M., J.D.



Repentance In The Old Testament 



In the Old Testament of the King James Bible, some form of the English word "repent" or "repentance" occurs exactly forty times (40x).  In every case, it comes from one of two Hebrew roots, "nacham" (which deals with care, compassion or regret), and "shuv" which basically means to turn, or to change one's mind.


Myth #2: "The Old Testament concept of "repentance" carried with it the concept of turning from sin, and was linked to the eternal salvation of an individual."




"Repentance in the Old Testament involved a godly remorse over sin, and a turning from sin to righteousness!"


Facts:      In thirty one (31) of the forty (40) times, some form of the word "repent" occurs in the Old Testament, it is God who is repenting, being called upon to repent, or refusing to repent!  That is more than three quarters of the time!  (See Appendix A)


As we noted in the nutshell summary, if repentance means "turning from one's sin," we not only have a "God" who frequently turns from His sins often, we also have a God who frequently refuses to turn from His sins!  This prospect should raise at least mild alarm in the mind of a Bible believing Christian

Of the other nine times (9x) that some form of the word "repent" occurs in the Old Testament, eight times (8x) deal with nations, not the repentance of an individual.  (See Appendix B)


Only one time in the entire Old Testament (Job 42:6) is an individual other than God repenting.  And Job's repentance has nothing to do with eternal salvation.  Job had been bent on defending himself in the face of the abusive logic of his "friends" (tormentors).  Finally, Job repents, and relies on God to confound with wisdom and knowledge of his tormentors and shut their mouths.  In not a single case in the Old Testament in which the word "repent" occurs does it deal with personal salvation of an individual.


In view of this, the Old Testament will not be visited further.  If the reader wishes to examine the forty references to the word "repentance" in the Old Testament, with a brief discussion of all forty occurrences is found in Appendix A and B.  The forty occurrences are arranged there in table format, disclosing the subject of the repentance (the person or entity repenting), the object of repentance (what they repented about), and the consequence of repentance (what was achieved, or what would have been achieved through repentance, had they done so?  As will be seen, individual salvation was never the intended consequence of repentance in the Old Testament.



In a Nutshell, Repentance in the Old Testament


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