Repentance Is Needed to Keep Us on the Path to New Jerusalem

The prior post presented repentance as our first step in cooperating with the Lord on the path to “New Jerusalemprepared as a bride” (Revelation 21:2). Repentance and believing are the first two actions God asks of men. They are in Mark 1:15, “Repent and believe in the gospel,” Acts 20:21, “repentance unto God and faith in our Lord Jesus,” and Acts 26:20 “repent and turn to God.” The result is that our sins are wiped away (Acts 3:19) and we receive eternal life (Acts 11:18).

Acts 5:31 and 11:18 declare that God has given repentance to us. He requires that we repent and He also gives us the strength to repent. Likewise, in Romans 10:14-15 we learn that faith is given to us by God through those He sends to speak the gospel to us. Thank Him for His wonderful provisions!

Our initial repentance and believing put us on the path to New Jerusalem. In addition, repentance is often needed during our Christian life. Peter’s words in Acts 8:21-22, “…your heart is not straight before God. Repent therefore…” were spoken to a man who had believed and been baptized (8:13). Similarly, in Revelation 2 and 3 the Lord told Christians in the churches in Asia to repent (e.g. 2:5; 3:3). While pondering the writing of this post I had to repent of something I did the day before. We often need to repent in order to straighten some part of our heart.

In 1 John 1 God is light. When we walk in the light our sins and shortcomings are exposed, then we confess and He is faithful and righteous to forgive us and to cleanse us. This restores us to the fellowship of life for more growth in life unto New Jerusalem. Lord, keep me in the light and grant me repentance for straightening everything in my heart.

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  1. Amen, Lord, may every path in our being be straightened and may our heart be a good ground for Your word, Your life, and Your growing in us!

    I have never thought of repentance being a prerequisite for us to be in the process of becoming the New Jerusalem! In this light, when the Lord Jesus came and proclaimed, Repent – for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near! – He meant, Repent for the New Jerusalem!

    O, Lord… keep us in this process of becoming and living out the New Jerusalem!

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    • Good observation. “Repent for the kingdom” is a clear word in the NT which also implies “Repent for New Jerusalem” which is the ultimate step of the kingdom.

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