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Biblical Repentance explained

Let's Begin with a Premise...


"But God commandeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (See 
Romans 5:19)

Notice Jesus' Comment:
MARK 2:17
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."
His Message to SINNERS was...REPENTANCE
Listen to Jesus Again.

LUKE 24:45-47
"Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, and said unto 
them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 
and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all the nations, 
beginning at Jerusalem."

Two Things Would be Preached
Repentance and remission of sins:
·        How? It would be preached in HIS NAME
·        Where? It would begin in JERUSALEM. This was fulfilled in Acts 2:38

God Demanded Repentance of Mankind!

Repentance means: the "the act of turning about; an about face" (from sin to God).

"Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance."

"From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
True Repentance Is the First Step to God!

Repentance prepares our heart to obey the Scriptures further.

Many have assumed that repentance is itself the new birth experience. It is said that if we "believe 
on the Lord Jesus Christ" we need not go any further, because the new birth is complete.

Let's Examine This Idea

First of all, it is true that believing on the Lord Jesus is the FIRST step toward salvation. As Paul told 
the Phillipian jailer, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).

Why is This True?

"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, 
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

Let's Look at This Issue Even Closer:

ACTS 2:21
"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that 
doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."

Jesus is very clear that church attendance and simple "easy believism" is not the new birth 
experience! ("But he that doeth the will of my Father.")

We Are Not All Going to the Same Place, and We Do Not All Believe the 
Same Thing Concerning Doctrine

Some Wish to Downplay Doctrine as Unimportant, but the apostole Paul had a different view.

"Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both 
save thyself, and them that hear thee."

See I Timothy 4:13, II Timothy 3:10, 16; Titus 2:1; and II John 1:10.

If There Is a God, Then There Has to Be a Truth!

Therefore, we have the responsibility to diligently seek for THAT truth. After repentance, the next 
step of obedience is water baptism.

Old Testiment Typology

I PETER 3:20-21
"Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, 
while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure 
whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the 
answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ." See I Corinthians 

The Tabernacle in the Wilderness

EXODUS 30:18-21
"Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it 
between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein. For 
Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat: When they go into the tabernacle of 
the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to 
minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD: So they shall wash their hands and their feet, 
that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout 
their generations."

Water Baptism Has Two Distinct Meanings


"Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were 
baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins."


"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the 
dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." See Colossians 2:12

The Following Verses Reflect the Fulfillment of the Command in the Early Church:

ACTS 2:38
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ 
for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

ACTS 10:48
"And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry 
certain days."

ACTS 19:5
"When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."

How Was the Early Church Baptized?

The word baptism comes from the Greek word "BAPTIZO", meaning to dunk, immerse, or soak. For 

JOHN 3:23
"And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they 
came, and were baptized."

"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were 
opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him."

ACTS 8:38-39
"And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip 
and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the 
Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing."

What About Sprinkling?

We simply do not find it in the Scripture! Sprinkling, pouring, or infant baptism cannot be found or 
substantiated in the Word of God. These are only human traditions. Therefore, we should reject them 
in the light of the scriptural truth.

What Formula was Used?

The birth of the church in the second chapter of Acts made John's baptism obsolete. It was updated 
when a name was added to it.

ACTS 2:38
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ 
for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

The greatest legacy the Lord left to his bride (the church) was His name!

ACTS 4:12
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among 
men, whereby we must be saved."

No Other Baptismal Mode Was Practiced in Scripture!

ACTS 8:16
"(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord 

ACTS 10:48
"And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry 
certain days."

ACTS 19:5
"When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."

"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?"
Jesus' name must be invoked verbally to have a proper baptism!

Notice the Three Questions Paul Asked the Church at Corinth

They are relevant to our study today.

"Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?"
Jesus was crucified for us, so we should be baptized in Jesus' name!

Look at Paul's own baptism:
ACTS 22:16
"And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of 
the Lord."

Water Baptism is a Command to be Obeyed for Salvation!

ACTS 10:48
"And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry 
certain days."

MARK 16:15-16
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that 
believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."

"For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."

ACTS 2:41
"Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto 
them about three thousand souls."

"One Lord, one faith, one baptism."

What About Matthew 28:19?
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and 
of the Holy Ghost."

Matthew 28:19 was obeyed in Acts 2:38. Father, Son and Holy Ghost are titles, not names. Many simply 
repeat the Lord's command found in Matthew 28:19 instead of obeying it. Baptism using a threefold 
formula was not practiced by or taught by the disciples of Jesus Christ.

What is the Name of the Father?

JOHN 5:43
"I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye 
will receive."

What is the Name of the Son?

JOHN 20:31
"But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that 
believing ye might have life through his name."

What is the Name of the Holy Ghost?

JOHN 14:26
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach 
you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
The Holy Ghost is not a name... It is a title for the SPIRIT OF GOD IN THE CHURCH TODAY.

This Brings us to One of the Most Beautiful Revelations of the Bible: The Message of who Jesus 
Really Is!

The name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is Jesus!

The disciples never had a single conflict over baptism in the New Testiment.

WHY? Because they understood the singleness or oneness of God. Observe:

JOHN 14:10-11
"Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I 
speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in 
the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake."

JOHN 10:30
"I and my Father are one."

JOHN 14:8-11
"Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been 
so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the 
Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, 
and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that 
dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else 
believe me for the very works' sake."

JOHN 14:15-20
"If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another 
Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot 
receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, 
and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world 
seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am 
in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you."

JOHN 14:25-27
"These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the 
Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things 
to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto 
you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
Jesus said, "I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you." THE HOLY GHOST IS JESUS IN SPIRIT 

These three titles refer to the different roles of the same ONE GOD! He is Father in creation; Son in 
redemption; Holy Ghost in His body, the church!

"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."

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD."

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: 
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The 
Prince of Peace."

Now You're Ready for the Wonderful Gift of the Holy Spirit!

Start with Old Testiment Prophecy:

EZEKIEL 36:26-27
"A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony 
heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and 
cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them."

JOEL 2:28
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and 
your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions."

Then It Happened for the First Time:

ACTS 2:1-4
"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And 
suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house 
where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon 
each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as 
the Spirit gave them utterance."

Jesus Prophesied This Also:

JOHN 7:38-39
"He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was 
not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)"

YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST automatically WHEN YOU BELIEVE. It is a seperate but 
dynamic experience that is part of the new birth!

ACTS 19:1-6
"And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts 
came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost 
since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy 
Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 
Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that 
they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard 
this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, 
the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied."

Paul found believers, but they needed their EXPERIENCE with God UPDATED! Even though they had 
been baptized unto John's baptism, it was not enough. They were rebaptized in the name of the Lord 


Is the Holy Ghost Necessary for Salvation?

"In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom 
also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise."


Some ask honestly, "But won't church attendance and being a good person save me?"

ACTS 10:1-4
"There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian 
band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the 
people, and prayed to God alway. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an 
angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was 
afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a 
memorial before God."


The point is, being devout does not save you! You must seek truth! Update your spirituality! Seek and 
ye shall find!

The Single Common Sign of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost was "SPEAKING IN TONGUES"


ISIAH 28:11
"For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people."
Tongues was the initial or immediate evidence of the Holy Spirit baptism. Acts 2:4, 10:45-46, 19:6 all 
mention tongues as the sign when receiving the Holy Ghost.

ACTS 2:39
"For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the 
Lord our God shall call."

If you need additional information on this subject, 
or would be interested in a Home Bible Study, 
please contact us at 882.3933.  

We would love to meet and/or talk with you!
~Pastor Jason Scheel


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