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Questions and Answers: In practical terms what does true repentance involve in daily life?



In practical terms what does true repentance involve in daily life?


To repent is to have a new mind. God's intent is that you change your mind or, literally, have a new mind. Repentance is having a new mind.

Romans 12:2 You Will Be Transfigured [metamorphoo] Just As Jesus Was

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed [literally: transfigured] by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

This word, transformed, is the Greek word, metamorphoo. From it, we get the English word, metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is a change from one type of thing into another type of thing. We apply this word to caterpillars turning into butterflies.

God is very careful about the use of this word in Scripture. It is only used in three places. It is used here and it is used in 2 Corinthians 3:18 to explain the same process from a different angle. Here, Paul explains that we are to take away the veil from our faces (the veil is a reference to the flesh). He says that, as we behold the glory of the Lord without the veil in front of our faces, we behold the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, and we are transfigured [metamorphoo] into the same image from glory to glory... and all of this is performed by the Spirit of the Lord. Notice that God is telling us the same thing from a different angle.

The other place where this word, metamorphoo, comes up is in the transfiguration of Jesus. This is the secret coming of Jesus.

Notice also that this is by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:1-2 Be Transfigured By The Renewing Of Your Mind

This is in passive voice. That means that you don't do it. You are not being told to renew your mind. Your mind is being renewed. By whom? By the Holy Ghost. This happens as we yield the members of our bodies to the flow of the anointing, the Holy Spirit.

The battle is clearly for the mind. The enemy of our souls is using every trick to keep our minds captive to himself. He does this by lying. The Truth is what sets us free. There is a process by which God uses Truth to set us free. First, He speaks, He utters His words to us. Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by an utterance of God [literal]. Faith gives us access to grace. Grace does the work in us--that is the fruit of the Spirit or righteousness. Righteousness prepares the ground of our hearts and plants the good seed. God causes the good seed to grow. The evil in our heart dies in the process. This is what it means to die to self and to live to God. This is how righteousness leads to holiness. At any time that we think that we can do good works, we spoil the process. We become self righteous. God must do the work. We must enter into His rest and submit to Him. We rest in Him and stop trying in self-effort. We dwell in the presence of the Almighty in the wonderful flow of His anointing and He does His work in us. He gives us both the will and the power to do His good pleasure. Yet not us, but Christ dwelling in us does His good pleasure. Read much more about this here and at the links found on this page:

The English word, repent, means to turn around and proceed in the opposite direction. Repent is not an entirely accurate translation from the Greek.


3341 μετανοια metanoia met-an'-oy-ah

from 3340; TDNT-4:975,636; n f

AV-repentance 24; 24

1)a change of mind, as it appears to one who repents, of a purpose he has formed or of something he has done


3340 μετανοεω metanoeo met-an-o-eh'-o

from 3326 and 3539; TDNT-4:975,636; v

AV-repent 34; 34

1) to change one's mind, i.e. to repent

2) to change one's mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one's past sins

3338 μεταμελομαι metamellomai met-am-el'-lom-ahee

from 3326 and the middle voice of 3199; TDNT-4:626,589; v

AV-repent 5, repent (one's) self 1; 6

1) it is a care to one afterwards

1a) it repents one, to repent one's self


The distinction often given between these is; 3338 refers to an emotional change, 3340 to a change of choice, 3338 has reference to particulars, 3340 to the entire life, 3338 signifies nothing but regret even amounting to remorse, 3340 that reversal of moral purpose known as repentance; does not seem to be sustained by usage. But that 3340 is the fuller and nobler term, expressive of moral action and issues, is indicated not only by its derivation, but by the greater frequency of its use and by the fact it is often used in the imperative.


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