and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15
The message of Jesus ministry was, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” The same message was preached by John the Baptist as well as Peter. Today people like to “water down” this message. People get offended when we talk about their sins, therefor they don’t want to talk about repentance.
But can you truly be saved without repentance? Absolutely Not! So what does Repent mean anyway? The original Greek word is “Metanoeite” which means to think differently, a spiritual transformation. Repenting is not just confessing your sins, its changing the way you think and behave about everything
Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
This is what Jesus means by saying become “Born Again” Nicodemus, a religious leader, was perplexed as Jesus made this statement. He said how can someone become physically Born again? Nicodemus misunderstood that this was a spiritual rebirth and not a physical.
So as you see, Repentance and becoming Born Again go hand in hand. To become Spiritually Reborn we need to become transformed in our minds and actions. The original Greek for Born Again is “gennethe anothen” Gennethe means a regeneration Anothen means New
Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
Repent and become Born Again, this is about making a transformation to follow and live like Jesus Christ. If you are still doing the same things BEFORE you got saved, then you haven’t become Born Again. How is all this possible, its all possible because of the works Jesus Christ has fulfilled on the cross.
Trust in Jesus and allow him to make you a new creation, Repent of your sins and receive the Holy Spirit Amen!