Mark 1:4b

“John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”

Repentance, a basic doctrine of the Christian faith, but what does it mean? The Greek word for repentance “metanoeó” means to change ones mind or purpose, and the interpretation of scholars means to change ones mind about our direction or path, to turn away from sin. A better interpretation of the meaning of repentance is found in the Hebrew word “teshuvah” which means return to, or be restored to a former condition.  In Romans we see Paul describing this results of Christ restoring what Adam lost in Romans 5:17-19

“17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”

Christ has restored what was lost, that is fellowship and friendship with God, we can now walk with God, as Adam did before the fall, without shame, condemnation and death. The final restoration will be completed in Revelations 21 : 1-5

“21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

The results of being “teshuvah”, restored, made new, born again, made Sons of God, as the original Adam, by Christ, for Christ and through Christ is ” “metanoeó” a turning away from, changing of mind about sin, we are restored, made one with God in Christ, no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to righteousness, so we can serve righteousness not sin.  The results of our restoration in Christ is walking as Christ, pleasing God. May we live our lives pleasing to God in Christ Jesus.

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