Sin Early in The Day! It Leaves More Time for Repentance.

A few of us were returning from a day of ministering in a remote town and were encouraging each other, sharing scripture, and joking around.  At one point we were discussing a street dance that was being put on by the local Roman Catholic church.  One asked if the dance was Friday or Saturday night.  Another answered that it was Saturday night.  Then someone asked why it wasn’t Friday night, because it would “leave more time for repentance” before Sunday service.  We all laughed.  Then, I thought to myself, while this was absolutely absurd, it sadly rings true in the practice of many.

How often do you postpone repentance?  Saving up your sins for a rainy day repentance is not wise.  Neither is the idea that Jesus is for old folks.  You know, when people want to have fun now and get straightened out later.  That almost sounds like an organized crime boss waiting a little longer to go legit. 

The scriptures are clear concerning this attitude:  “No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. . . No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.  1 John 3:6, 9

Further, Paul alludes to this when he asks, “Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace?” Romans 6:1

And the writer of the book of Hebrews warns, “Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.

If you are not a christian and reading this, repentance is a gift that God gives.  Simply ask for it.  Likewise if you are a Christian and are always taking advantage of God’s grace, then perhaps it time to also ask God for that ability to repent.  Of course, you can continue in your “sin early, because it leaves more time for repentance” attitude, but either way it’s a dangerous game.  

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9

No usual 3 questions on this post, but if you as an unbeliever have any questions on repentance, or as a believer are trapped in some indefinite postponement of repentance and would like to talk in private, you can email me HERE

 

 

 

0 thoughts on “Sin Early in The Day! It Leaves More Time for Repentance.

  1. Kirk Stephens says:

    You crack me up Miguel, with your titles. But the content is a serious issue, that needs to be addressed. I’m glad you included 1 John 1:9 because I would have said, confess early because it leaves more time to repent. I’ve always struggled with the concept of Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday? Why tempt yourself? Aren’t we told to resist the devil, and he will flee from you? Fear of the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom? If one fears the Lord, wouldn’t it seem natural to avoid sin? But since the flesh is so weak, (even though we’ve been shown it can overcome the world), it’s easy to fall back on 1 John 1:8, and make excuses for ourselves and the weakness of the flesh? Personally, I know grace abounds, not giving me more freedom to sin, but empowerment to avoid sin.

  2. Jesus Labs says:

    Repentance not something we do, but rather something God does for us. The key to understanding it is in the origin of the word. It is the translated Greek word μετανοέω (metanoia). The literal meaning of “metanoia” is “a change of mind.” “Meta” means “change” and “Noia” means “mind.” So, therefore, “metanoia” means a “change of mind.”  

    Repentance is, therefore, the Spirit of God coming within and upon us to supernaturally tune us into the frequency of Heaven. It is a shift from being carnally minded, to spiritually minded in Christ.  

    The phrase “repent of sin” does not actually occur in the Scriptures. Nowhere does Scripture use the phrase, “repent of sin” to be saved. Scripture does, however, use a similar but different phrase in Acts 20: 21, “repentance toward God” (change of mind), and “faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    The repenting for sins concept is really based on works that are not the result of faith, but on human effort. We have a similar word used in Scripture 3 times by the Holy Spirit: μεταμορφόω (Metamorphoo). This is the word translated as transfiguration and transformation of the mind.

    Repentance is again, related to the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit to change our thinking to align with the mind of Christ. This is important because we cannot have faith in Jesus Christ unless we have changed our thinking about Him being Lord. Some have trusted in Him as Savior, but have they really changed their mind about His Lordship?

    “Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12: 3

    It is a fact, that the goodness of God can cause us to feel sorrow. This is a relational issue. There is a difference between being sad about suffering consequences and being sorry we hurt someone we care about by our actions.

    “We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

    “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans 2:4

    Believing is another way to see repentance. When we move from unbelief to belief, it is a supernatural shift from the natural to the supernatural. We should present ourselves early each day for the Lord to work repentance in us. Our part is to turn to the Lord and ask Him to work His mind and nature into us. His part is to transform us inwardly to be conformed to the image of Christ.

  3. Miguel says:

    Jesus Labs,

    Thanks for your well thought out post. I knew I should have taken some time to discuss “repentance” by way of definition, but it was outside of my target audience which includes people from faith and people without.

    That said, when you say, “Repentance not something we do, but rather something God does for us.” I think it’s too extreme. I understand where you are going, but perhaps it would be better stated that “repentance isn’t something “we do” unaided.

    On several occasions Jesus tells others to repent μετανοεῖτε – metanoeite (present imperative active, 2nd person plural) The very greek construct of the word is “something you must do.”

    When Peter told the crowd in Acts 2:38 to “repent” and “be baptized,” they were both imperative verbs (something they must do)

    again, repentance is something we do, just not of ourselves…

  4. David Woods says:

    To me the whole concept goes right back to OT law mentality. Go to church once a week and repent for the sins of the week. With the veil ripped wide open, and the very Spirit of God dwelling with us, and in us, it seems to me that all attempts to avoid sin should be made at the time of the sin, and if not avoided, repented of immediately. It’s kinda like stealing from the company with the boss looking over your shoulder, and hoping you don’t get fired before having a chance to pay it back unnoticed. God’s Son suffered and died so that we may go free. To take advantage of that, to me, is too egregious to think about.

    That’s my take on it anyway.

  5. Jesus Labs says:

    That is well stated. We do have to agree to change our minds as transformation requires our participation. I think a good way to look at it would be that as we obey, the repentance works in us.
    How many people are in the religious cycle of sin, repent, repeat?

    John 7:17 “If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know…..”

    If our minds have truly been affected by the Spirit, it will produce the behavior to prove it.

  6. Laurie Norris says:

    I didn’t know that is what repent meant. How is that possible? Is there a bible translation that translates “μετανοέω (metanoia)” as “change of mind”. I thought that my feelings on the subject were “extrabiblical”.
    My way of thinking needed a major overhaul which is still proceeding. I have since become willing to release any idea or habit of mind that doesn’t sit well with love. Thanks for the translation Jesus Labs!

  7. Jesus Labs says:

    The closest translation for repent/metanoia is the Common English Version. Here is an example of how they render it:

    Mark 6:12 “So they went out and proclaimed that people should change their hearts and lives”

    That still seems one-sided. Miguel accurately stated this is two-sided operation.

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