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Re: Why is the word, 'repent' not used in the book of John?
« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2017, 11:18:07 AM »
Just a further thought.

The mosaic law was given to reveal what sin is (Rom. 3:20), so as Gentiles were never under the Mosaic law they would not have a consciousness of sin, would they?  Except of course for the law of conscience which all men have. Also sin is not imputed where there is no law (Rom.5:13).  So how could they be called upon to repent of something that they had no consciousness of?

In Titus 2:14 it does not say that Christ gave Himself to redeem us from the law, but from all lawlessness, for gentiles were never under law that they should be redeemed from it.

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Then how could Paul say, "First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds." (Acts 26:20) He must have called upon Gentiles as well as Jews to repent! They didn't need to repent from disobedience to the Law, of course, but from idolatry.
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Re: Why is the word, 'repent' not used in the book of John?
« Reply #17 on: October 14, 2017, 12:46:09 PM »
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Then how could Paul say, "First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds." (Acts 26:20) He must have called upon Gentiles as well as Jews to repent! They didn't need to repent from disobedience to the Law, of course, but from idolatry.
'And I said, Who art thou, Lord?
And He said, "I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
But rise, and stand upon thy feet:
for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose,
to make thee a minister and a witness
both of these things which thou hast seen,
and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
Delivering thee from the people,
and from the Gentiles,
unto whom now I send thee,
To open their eyes,
and to turn them from darkness to light,
and from the power of Satan unto God,
that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance
among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me.

Whereupon, O king Agrippa,
I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:
But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem,
and throughout all the coasts of Judaea,
and then to the Gentiles,
that they should repent and turn to God,
and do works meet for repentance.
'

(Act 26:18-20) 

Yes, indeed, @Deborah, thank you.

Eyes are opened, the entrance of God's Word brings light, and that light leads to the acknowledgement of Jesus Christ, His person and His Work, and repentance follows.  The Gentile's former ignorance regarding idolatry God, 'winked at' in Acts 17:29-31, However, with the entrance of light there is knowledge, and where there is knowledge there is responsibility, and with responsibility the prospect of judgement, so repentance both in word and deed should follow.

I still believe that John 20:30-31, is the required response to the reception of the light of God's Word, and that it, in itself, is sufficient for the believer on the Lord Jesus Christ, to have life through His Name.  John's gospel is made up of a series of witness accounts, all testifying to the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, isn't it?  From John the Baptist and Nathaniel, to that of Thomas following the resurrection of the Lord.  That is the witness: and the response required was based on that 'light' given.

'And many other signs truly did Jesus
in the presence of His disciples,
which are not written in this book:
But these are written,
that ye might believe
that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of God;
and that believing
ye might have life through His Name.
'
(John 20:30,31)   

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Cariad