Torrey - Man -9.1- The Importance of Repentance

I. THE IMPORTANCE OF REPENTANCE. Matthew 3:2 — "And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 4:17 — "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Mark 6:12 — "And they went out and preached that men should repent." 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."

First Proposition: The keynote of the preaching of John the Baptist, Jesus, the disciples on their first missionary tour, and Peter at Pentecost, was "Repent." Acts 20:21 — "Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." Acts 26:20 — "But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance."

Second Proposition: The sum and substance of Paul's testimony to Jew and to Gentile was repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Luke 24:47 RV — "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name unto all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem."

Third Proposition: The heart of Christ's parting commission to the twelve was that "repentance and remission of sins' should be preached unto all the nations. 2 Peter 3:9 RV — "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

Fourth Proposition: The Lord's supreme desire concerning all men is that they should come to repentance. Acts 17:30 — "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent."

Fifth Proposition: God's one command to all men everywhere is "Repent." Luke 13:3,5 — "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."

Sixth Proposition: The only door of escape from perdition for any man is repentance.

The universal call of Old Testament prophets was repentance. There surely is not the emphasis laid upon repentance in modern preaching that there is in the Bible.