Quote from: Michael2012 on Wed Aug 08, 2018 - 10:45:02WHAT AM I MISSING??
who were granted repentance by God and, repented towards God and faith in Christ Jesus.[/b]"
God does not "grant" repentence. IF somehow I missed that word in connection to repentence in the Holy word... please give me line and verse.
According to Merriam Webster: granted means
Definition of grant
granted; granting; grants
1 a : to consent to carry out for a person : allow fulfillment of grant a request
b : to permit as a right, privilege, or favor luggage allowances granted to passengers
You DO NOT ask God to grant you permission to repent..... YOU REPENT because it is commanded of you to do so..... It is not a permission it is an order.
https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/thoughts-on-jesuss-demand-to-repent ( note it says Jesus' demand to repent)
and this has some points to my thinking.
You can definitely repent of any sin and not be saved and not even be a Christian but your conscience can tell you it just isn't right.
But all Christians should turn from their sins as demanded by Jesus if for no other reason then to show God their love and respect.
God does not grant you permission to turn from your sins
Acts 11:18 When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”
2 Timothy 2:25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,
The Greek word translated grant is:
didómi: to give (in various senses lit. or fig.)
Original Word: δίδωμι
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (did'-o-mee)
Short Definition: I offer, give
Definition: I offer, give; I put, place.
Other Bible translations goes:
KJV In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
ASV in meekness correcting them that oppose themselves; if peradventure God may give them repentance unto the knowledge of the truth,
The Greek word translated "repent" is:
metanoeó: to change one's mind or purpose
Original Word: μετανοέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (met-an-o-eh'-o)
Short Definition: I repent, change my mind
Definition: I repent, change my mind, change the inner man (particularly with reference to acceptance of the will of God), repent.
The word repent means to change one’s mind.
It is fundamentally tied to the mind or heart. In terms of salvation, it denotes a turning away from unbelief, mistrust and rebellion against God and toward complete reliance upon God's forgiveness and favor. And that, on account of Christ.
Clearly so, repentance, is a change of mind or heart, toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. That is why, we can understand and see that when one is said to have come to repentance, that he turns to God and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. It must then be realized that believing in Christ is an inseparable part of repentance preached by John the baptist and the apostles.