Torrey - Man -9.3- How Repentence is Manifested

III. HOW REPENTANCE IS MANIFESTED. Luke 10:13 — "Woe unto thee Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented sitting in sackcloth and ashes." Joel 2:12-13 — "Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil." Job 42:5-6 — "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth thee: Wherefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes."

First Proposition: Repentance is manifested in deep sorrow for sin and in self humiliation and self-abhorrence. ( Luke 18:13 — "And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.") There is not enough made of this manifestation of repentance today. Hosea 14:1-2 — "O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips." Luke 18:13-14 "And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."

Second Proposition: Repentance is manifested in confession of sin and prayer to God for mercy. Matthew 12:41 — "The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here." (Compare to Jonah 3:5-8 — "So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For the word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed nor drink water: but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: Yea, let them turn every one from his evil way and from the violence that is in their hands.) Ezekiel 18:30 — "Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the LORD God. Repent and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin." Ezekiel 14:6 — "Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the LORD God; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations." Isaiah 55:7 — "Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon."

Third Proposition: Repentance is manifested by the sinner turning from his evil way, from all his transgressions, his idols, his abominations, and his thoughts.

This is the most important and decisive manifestation of repentance, the one upon which the Bible lays the most emphasis. Note the frequency and urgency of the use of' the word "turn" in the Bible. See also Acts 3:19 RV — "Repent ye therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that so there may come seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord." Conversion is the outward proof of the inward repentance. (Compare to 1 Thessalonians 1:9.) Acts 26:20 RV — "But declare both to them of Damascus first, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the country of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance." 1 Samuel 7:3 — "And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines." Matthew 3:8 RV — "Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of repentance."

Fourth Proposition: Repentance is manifested by two things: trusting God and bringing forth fruit worthy of repentance.

There are two sides to repentance: turning from, and turning to. Thessalonians 1:9 — "For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God."

Bringing forth fruit means not merely abstinence from evil, but performance of good. Compare to Luke 3:10-14 "And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. And the soldiers, likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages." Mark 1:4 — "John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins." Acts 13:24 — "When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel." 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."

Fifth Proposition: Repentance is manifested by baptism.

This is God's appointed and deeply significant way of publicly professing our repentance. What right have we to substitute some other?