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Repentance (Christianity)

Close up of an 17th-century depiction of the 28 articles of the Augsburg Confession by Wenceslas Hollar.

Repentance is a theological term that describes a stage in Christian salvation where the believer turns away from sin. As a distinct stage in the ordo salutis its position is disputed, with some theological traditions arguing it occurs prior to faith and the Reformed theological tradition arguing it occurs after faith.[1] In Roman Catholic theology repentance is part of the larger theological concept of penance.[2] Generally in the Old Testament the term 'repentance' comes from the Hebrew word group that means "turn away from."[3] Sometimes this word group is employed to request a turning from sinful activity (Jeremiah 8:6). In the New Testament the metanoeo word group can mean remorse but is generally translated as a turning away from sin (Matthew 3:2).[4] Theologically 'repentance', the turning away from sin is linked to a corresponding turn to faith in God.[5]

Repentance is acknowledging that you have done something wrong, and you are remorseful about it. Accepting that you have committed a [11] The story of the prodigal son is a Great example of repentance from the bible. In brief it’s about a boy who left his father’s house with all his personal belongings to live a life on his own. For a while he was fine, but over time slandered all his property and could not cope. He realized what he did was wrong, went back to his father to repent and confess his sins and his father welcomed him in with open arms. Jesus used this example to illustrate the power of repentance to people Israel. (Luke 15:1-32). Sin is very difficult to escape so we should always learn to seek repentance from God.


  1. ^ Bruce Demarest, The Cross and Salvation: The Doctrine of Salvation (Wheaton: Crossway, 1997): 38-39.
  2. ^ Demarest, The Cross and Salvation, 37.
  3. ^ T.C. Mitchell, 'Repentance' New Bible Dictionary (Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 1996): 1007.
  4. ^ Mitchell, 'Repentance', 1007.
  5. ^ Mitchell, 'Repentance', 1008.
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  7. ^ Cumming, Joseph. "Is Jesus Christ the Son of God?". Responding to the Muslim View of Jesus. 
  8. ^ Ryrie, Charles (1989). So great salvation. SP piblication, Inc. 
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