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    So far we have discussed the following areas in the process of repentance written by David and contained in Psalm 51:1-12: (a) A plea or cry for MERCY; (b) A plea for clearing the RECORD; (c) A request for CLEANSING; (d) A recognition of SIN. We need to take a further look at the following areas in David’s repentance over his sin:

    (1) A realization of his DEPRAVITY;
    (2) A plea for a SOLUTION
    (3) David’s Psalm contains his request of renewal for: (a) A CLEAN Heart; (b) A GOOD Spirit; (c) The PRESENCE of God, and (d) The RESTORATION of his joy and motivation.

    (e) A realization of his DEPRAVITY

    Psalm 51:5-6, Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

    Why does man commit sin and rebel against God? The truth explained by David - man is a sinner by nature and he was no exception. Man is sinful from his very beginning to say nothing about the thoughts, words, and works that follow. His mother bore him into a world of iniquity. In contrast with his perpetually sinful condition, in verse 6, David presented the high standard God applies. God wants men to be upright. “Ye shall be holy” is God’s will. God loves the inner truth, not the outward piety which may really be a deception of what is in the heart of man. Wisdom or the fear of God is what is humbly desired. This is not to be an outward change, but in the part of man that is hidden, where no human eye can penetrate. God’s requirements reach far into the unseen parts of a man, far beyond the human standard of outward conformity. Such a deep problem as the inherent sin nature (v. 5) cannot be solved by treating only the symptoms. Its solution can be accomplished only by changing the heart.

    Mark 2:10, "The Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"

    A man with a nagging cough tried all the over-the-counter remedies he could find, but none worked. Finally he went to a doctor, who quickly discovered he was suffering from pneumonia. The man was trying to ease the symptoms when what he needed was a cure. The doctor treated the deeper, more serious problem and in a short time the cough was gone. When Jesus was in Capernaum, a large crowd came to the home where He was staying. As He was teaching, some men made an opening in the roof and lowered a paralyzed man on a mat. Jesus initially responded not by healing the man but by saying, "Son, your sins are forgiven". The deepest need of the man was not physical but spiritual. Then, to show His authority to forgive, Jesus healed the man and sent him on his way – not only with legs that moved but with a heart that was forgiven. The world is full of pain and problems. It's tempting to spend a lot of time and resources to treat the surface symptoms and feel we have done our part. Like Jesus, however, we need to deal with the heart issues. We need to tell people that their sins can be forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ. The gospel holds the cure for our deepest need. Sin is the disease Christ is the cure.

    Ezekiel 26:26, "I will give you a new heart"

    It was the first time I met my neighbor, who had just moved in a few days before. He told me he had heart trouble and had sold his business on the advice of his doctor. He seemed quite surprised when I said, "Yes, I know, and I understand you were born with a bad heart." Emphatically he replied, "Oh no, I had a heart attack just a year ago! Before that my heart was perfect." " But I added, "I read just this morning that you were born with heart disease." I referred him to what God says about the sinful human heart and the need of a new heart. It was the first time he had heard the real diagnosis of his heart condition. My good neighbor had physical heart trouble, but his spiritual heart condition was a much more serious problem. We all have this problem because Adam introduced sin into the human race - Romans 5:12-14. The prognosis for this heart trouble is more than physical death - it is spiritual death as well - Romans 6:23. My friend, there is only one remedy. The Great Physician, Jesus Christ, must supply a “new heart”. He does His work in us as we acknowledge our heart trouble and let Him operate by His grace and give to us eternal life.

    (f) David’s plea for a SOLUTION

    Psalm 51:7-9, Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

    Having shown the contrast between his deep-seated problem and God’s high demands, David cried out to God for three things that would rectify the situation.

    (1) In Psalm 51:8, David requested that he hear the sounds of joy and gladness again. His sin had dulled his spiritual senses. His entire world was painted in shades of blue and black and darkness. His soul, burdened with sin, could not hear the songs of gladness. David recognized that his sin was of the worst kind and needed that which had the greatest cleansing power. This is equally true of all sinners who are in need of that great cleansing power of Christ’s blood. No other power will do, for that alone can thoroughly cleanse. Wash is a word which includes vigorous pounding, stamping, and rubbing in order to get all the dirt out and thus make white. By the blood of Christ a man stands before God truly and thoroughly cleansed.

    David wanted to hear joy and gladness so that the bones that God had “broken” might rejoice once again. Bones is a figure of speech which refers to the whole, in this case the entire man. Spiritually these bones had been broken. David had been totally crushed by Nathan’s conviction, “Thou art the man!” Once the sinner has heard, “Your sins are forgiven”, deep joy follows. A joy which produces a calm and peace in the heart. Washed and cleansed by the hyssop of God’s grace, this sinner is raised from his knees to a height that only a repentant man can fully understand.

    (2) In verse 9, David asked God to hide His holy face from his sins. David was poignantly aware that God had seen every horrible activity of his past. The first part of this verse is a prayer that God would totally disregard what the sinner is guilty of before Him. David desired for God to cover His face so that He would not see the things he had done. But even more, the second part stresses that God would do away with these sins so that they are as completely disposed of as is the writing on a slate that has been gone over with a wet sponge; and

    (3) In the last part of verse 9, David asked God to erase, to blot out, all of his iniquities. To have them blotted out was to have them removed from the record. Only God can do this delicate operation. A clean heart, empty of all sin and love of sin is the work of the Creator and His divine power.

    Which part of this process is the most difficult and why? I would say it is the recognition of sin.

    THE REQUESTS OF RENEWAL - (Psalm 51:10-12)

    (10) Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (11) Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. (12) Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. In his prayer of renewal, David asked for four specific things. They form a pattern for anyone who desires to be equipped again for service to God.

    (a) A CLEAN Heart

    Psalm 51:10a, Create in me a clean heart, O God

    The Old Testament characterizes the heart as the center of thinking and planning. In effect David asked, “O God make the center of my planning clean once again so that when I am thinking, planning, and preparing to live my life, I will do so without defilement.” He thought that if his plans were right, his life would be right as well. Psalm 19:14 uses the term “the meditation of my heart.” None of us can contemplate, plan, or even daydream evil and still lead a life that glorifies God. David’s great son Solomon, who was born sometime later to Bathsheba, addressed this issue when he wrote, “Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” Proverbs 23:6, 7.


    Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence”

    You're up at dawn, doing your exercises. You're not going to let your heart get weak! You've trimmed the fat from your diet. You get regular cholesterol checks. And you're exercising four times a week to keep your cardiovascular system in peak condition. However, you've let your spiritual heart turn to mush. Preoccupied with the temporary, you've neglected the eternal. You seldom read the Bible anymore. Your prayers are lists of requests to God to make your life more comfortable and pain-free. By the time you reach the church door after the sermon, you can't recall what the pastor said because you were thinking about something else. If this describes you, it's time to get into a spiritual heart-care program. It begins where David (a man after God's own heart) was in Psalm 139, by acknowledging that God knows all about your heart. It continues in Psalm 51:10, "Create in me a clean heart, O God.” And it results in the prayer of Psalm 19:14, "Let . . . the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord." Taking care of your body makes sense, but it makes even more sense to gain spiritual fitness by walking with the Lord. That's an exercise program with eternal value! To keep spiritually fit, keep walking with the Lord.

    (b) A GOOD Spirit

    Psalm 51:10b, and renew a right spirit within me.

    The word “right” in the term “right spirit” is the Hebrew word for “steadfast.” The sinful king requested the renewal of a steadfast spirit within him. He had planned and carried out his dreadful sin because he had first entertained sinful thoughts toward another man’s wife. He desired to be moral and clean on an enduring basis. He did not want to be ambivalent in his relationship to God and people. On several other occasions David had responded to trials spontaneously and unwisely, no doubt because his heart had not been steadfastly fixed upon God’s truth (v. 6). In one instance David wanted to kill Nabal, Abigail’s husband, in the heat of anger (1 Samuel 25. On another occasion he ordered the Ark of the Covenant to be transported on an ox cart, which led to the death of Uzzah 2 Samuel 6:1-11. In an act of pride, David numbered the people in his kingdom 2 Samuel 24:1-7. Recognizing his leaning to such rash behavior, David asked God for a steadfast spirit.

    (c) The PRESENCE of God

    Psalm 51:11, Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

    As a part of his renewal, David called for the continuing presence of God with him. He knew that God had rejected Saul because of his sins of rebellion and disobedience (2 Samuel 13:13, 14). As David contemplated the severity of his own sin, he was smitten with the possibility that God might also cast him away. In David’s heart, forgiveness was not enough. Continued fellowship was his compelling desire.

    (d) The RESTORATION of joy and motivation

    Psalm 51:12, Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. In his prayer of renewal, David asked for four specific things. They form a pattern for anyone who desires to be equipped again for service to God.

    David asked God to restore to him the joy of his salvation. The word “restore” means “to give back” or “to cause to return”. David had experienced no joy since the terrible days of his secret sin with Bathsheba. The word “salvation” means “deliverance”. David longed for deliverance from bondage. David was bound, not in sin, but by the condemnation of his sin. He pleaded for the joy that would result when God granted deliverance. In no way was David implying that God had snatched away his joy. He knew that he alone was responsible for its destruction. God had not taken it. David had lost it, and in his miserable condition he asked God to tenderly rebuild joy in his life. In verse 8, David had asked God to make him hear joy and gladness.

    God had undoubtedly opened his ears, but David had not yet experienced the thrill of fully restored joy because of God’s forgiveness. David went on to request that God would grant to him a willing spirit that would further help him keep the resolutions he would make in verses 13-19. Sometimes a believer who possess heavy feelings of guilt may refuse to work or witness for God. He isolates himself and becomes unwilling to give or to serve. He often finds fault or makes feeble excuses as he shuns the responsibility of serving God. Just so, David was broken by his sin. He had no confidence in himself; he could not stand as a witness for God against the enemies of God. David needed joy and motivation to return to full service to God.

    2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”

    A woman who restores valuable paintings says an expert can save many works of art that seem hopelessly damaged. Rebecca McLain has brought color and life back to dulled oil paintings by carefully removing dirt and discolored varnish. However, she has also seen the damage done when people attempt to clean their own soiled art with oven cleaner or abrasive powders. Her advice? If you value the art, take it to an expert in restoration. The same need exists in lives soiled by sin. Our efforts at ridding ourselves of the guilt and defilement of sinful actions and attitudes often end in frustration and despair. In our attempts to get rid of guilt, we sometimes blame others. Alternatively, we simply give up, thinking that we cannot be any different. However, Jesus our redeemer is the expert who can restore the most damaged, defiled, and discouraged person. Christ died so that anyone who by faith receives Him can be completely forgiven and restored. With His own blood He will cleanse us (1 John 1:7) and make us a new creation, God's own "workmanship" (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:100. When it comes to cleansing the canvas of our souls, we cannot do it ourselves. Only God can transform a sin-stained soul into a masterpiece of grace.


    (1) Do we extend our request for forgiveness to include a request for renewal, even for the necessary changes to live differently going forward?

    (2) Do we realize that the quality of our witness and service to others is affected by the consistency, or lack there, in our walk, that we’re “steadfast” for others as well as ourselves?

    (3) What is the degree of our sincerity in the course of asking God’s forgiveness? Does it start with a changed heart and continue with seeking to sustain the changes going forward?

    (4) As we go through this process of repentance and renewal, are we seeking to be wholly and devoted to Him or merely seeking temporary protection from our bad feelings and emotions?

    (5) Do we see the need to continue with the process of sanctification as the completing act of God’s forgiveness?

    (6) Lastly, are we truly repenting or just “venting”?


    Those who do not preach repentance or who make light of it or who claim it is the same as faith or who redefine it so that it has nothing to do with sin are not following the Bible pattern for evangelism. They are following a manmade program. The bottom line is that Bible prophets, apostles and Christ Himself proclaimed repentance. If faith is the same as repentance, this would make no sense. Those who follow the Bible will preach repentance and will require evidence thereof. When Christ and the Apostles preached repentance it involved a change of mind toward God, toward sin and resulted in a changed life, wherein a person’s affections is changed from earthly things to heavenly things. The gospel message preached by Peter on the day of Pentecost, by the Apostle Paul after Pentecost required repentance, and defined that as a mindset to turn to God from evil works.

    The gospel requires that the sinner exercise repentance toward God and faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Biblical repentance is a change of mind toward God and sin, which results in a change of life. To say that it has nothing to do with one’s attitude toward sin is to throw away the Bible and the many centuries of Bible-believing preaching. When the very Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, appeared upon the scene in His public ministry, He came preaching the narrow and exclusive doctrines of repentance and faith. Mark 1:14-15, Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." If Jesus Christ, God’s only Son felt compelled to preach such a message before a lost and dying world, so should we. Galatians 1:6-9 teaches that there is only one gospel, and if any gospel message leaves out the doctrine of repentance or faith or both, you can be assured it is a false gospel.

    (1) Repentance preached by John the Baptist - “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. In addition, the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and the entire region round about Jordan, and were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire” (Matthew 3:1-10).

    (2) Repentance preached by Paul - “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30); “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:20-21); “But showed 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” (Acts 26:20). There is no Bible example of people being saved who did not evidence a change in their lives. The Apostle Paul, reviewing his ministry before King Agrippa, noted that he went about preaching to Jews and Gentiles “that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance” (Acts 26:20). This is exactly the message we are to preach today.

    (3) Repentance preached by Peter - “And they went out, and preached that men should repent” (Mark 6:12); “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” (Acts 2:38); “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19); “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:31); “Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity” (Acts 8:22-23). The Bible says that God is “longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

    (4) Repentance preached by Jesus Christ - “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17); “But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Matthew 9:13); “Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! Woe unto thee, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes” (Matthew 11:20-21).

    “And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:2-5); “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. … Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15:7, 10).

    “And said unto them, thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:46-48); Christ’s goal in dealing with men was not merely to lead them in a sinner’s prayer, but to bring them to repentance and genuine salvation. He described salvation in terms of coming to repentance.

    F. SCRIPTURAL PASSAGES THAT TEACH REPENTANCE - Exodus 13:17. “And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt.” God led Israel through the wilderness rather than through the land of the Philistines ‘lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt.’

    God knew that their change of mind would result in a change of action. In this instance, a change of mind without the resulting change of action would have been meaningless. Repentance is defined in this verse as turning.

    1 Kings 8:47-48. “Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying we have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness; And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name.”

    God promised that if captive Israel would repent He would hear them. He defined repentance as acknowledging their wickedness and turning to God with their whole heart.

    Ezekiel 14:6. “Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.”

    God defined repentance as turning from sin and idols. Surely, no one thinks that God would have been satisfied if they had merely changed their minds without changing their actions.

    Matthew 3:1, 8, “And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. ... Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.”

    John the Baptist defined repentance as a change in life. He demanded ‘fruits meet for repentance,’ which obviously meant that he wanted to see some evidence that they had repented, before he would baptize them. The specific changes of action are listed in the parallel passage of Luke 3:8-14. The various kinds of people had to show different changes of action, because their particular sins had been different. In Matthew 9:13, Jesus defined repentance as a sinner changing his attitude to sin.

    Matthew 12:41. “The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.” Jesus stated that the men of Nineveh ‘repented at the preaching of Jonas.’ Jonah 3 shows that they heard the Word of God, believed God, fasted, put on sackcloth, and turned from their sin.

    Christ considered their actions to be a result of their repentance. Would He have approved what they did if there had been no change of action? The answer is obvious.

    Matthew 21:28-29. “But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard. He answered and said I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.”

    The son’s repentance was witnessed by his change of mind and his obedience. A mere change of mind without a change in action would not have satisfied the father’s command.

    Luke 5:32. “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

    Christ’s objective was not merely to bring men to a mental belief in the Gospel but to bring them to repentance, which, as we have seen, means a turning from sin, a change of mind that results in a change of life.

    Luke 19:1-10. “And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, this day is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

    Zacchaeus repentance was a change of mind that resulted in a dramatic change of life. The evidence of his repentance was that he gave half his goods to the poor and restored five-fold that which he had stolen through his tax collecting business.

    Acts 3:19, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”

    Repentance is God’s requirement for every sinner who will be saved. Repentance precedes and brings conversion and forgiveness of sin.

    Acts 8:21-22. “Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.”

    Peter warned Simon to repent of his covetousness, which meant he was to turn from it, to reject it, to change his mind about it and to stop it.

    Acts 11:18, “When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.”

    Note that the disciples described salvation as repentance. They thought of salvation commonly in these terms. Note, too, that repentance is a work of God in the heart of the responsive sinner.

    Acts 26:20. “But showed 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.”

    Paul preached the same message as John the Baptist, so no one can limit this to the dispensation of the law. The words of this verse, ‘that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance,’ show that repentance is not a work! When we preach repentance for salvation, we are not preaching a works salvation, as some have charged. When we say that repentance produces a change of works, it would be ridiculous to say that the two are one. Food produces energy and strength; labor produces sweat; but they are different things, so repentance and works are two separate things. Repentance produces and results in good works, but repentance itself is not works salvation. The bottom line is this: Paul preached repentance and required that repentance produce a change in the life. We must do the same today. Those who accept a mere prayer as salvation and who baptize people who demonstrate no change in life are not following the Bible pattern of evangelism.

    2 Corinthians 7:9-11. “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.”

    (1) Repentance is the product of God’s Word (v. 8; Jonah 3:5; Acts 2:38-41).

    (2) Repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of life. The Corinthians’ repentance produced a great change in their manner of living: ‘carefulness ... clearing of yourselves ... indignation ... fear ... vehement desire ... zeal ... revenge.’

    (3) Repentance is not the same as reformation or other forms of “the sorrow of the world.” Repentance has to do with God and sin, whereas reformation has to do with other people and with conditions and things in this world. Many people, when they get into trouble, are sorry for the trouble and they determine to change certain things in their lives that produced that trouble. This is not repentance, because it does not deal with one’s wickedness against Almighty God and does not result in a change of attitude and action in relation to God.

    (4) True repentance is permanent (v. 10).

    Revelation 2:21-22. “And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.”

    Christ required that the people ‘repent of their deeds.’ He surely would not have been satisfied with a change of mind without a change of action.

    Revelation 16:9, 11. “And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.”

    These passages say that tribulation sinners will not repent ‘of their deeds.’ Their lack of repentance is connected with their refusal to turn from their evil doings. Repentance is a turning to God from sin, a change of mind about sin that results in a change of action.
    "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil" - Proverbs 3:5-7
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