As the Holy Spirit illuminates and washes us with the TRUTH, our erroneous thoughts and feelings can be seen and understood. One must be brave to stop what they are doing and drop the conventions of this world to see the reflection and complexity of the lie we have consumed. Few enter there, into His exposure of TRUTH and His required adjustments, for it is a narrow passage. Our minds may not comprehend and even recoil as it sees itself in light of His TRUTH, but our spirits welcome the freedom the TRUTH extends to us.
The fresh waters of His revelation are always seeking to cleanse us from the fallacies of this world, the stench of the toxic ooze that infiltrates our hearts and clouds our minds. Christ and the Spirit, forever live to make intercession for us, to continually bring the living water to cleanse our hearts and renew our minds. This is where the passage becomes narrow because the lies we have consumed are pervasive and huge.
In this missive I am revisiting His revelation on repentance and His intercession that proceeds all Godly states in our souls. I hope you will track with Him on this because what we think about a word or words do shape the direction of understanding in our hearts and directly affects freedom.
The point of focus is the propagated understanding of repentance in our culture and more specifically the word REPENT itself. The English dictionary defines REPENT this way:
feel remorse, regret, be sorry, rue, reproach oneself, be ashamed, feel contrite; be penitent, be remorseful, be repentant.
Flatly, this definition is man centered and wrong. In light of all Glory belonging to God and the first call of Jesus in His earthly ministry to repent, repentance can’t be about us. It must be about the Father, because that’s why Jesus came, to do the will of the Father.
Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. John 14:10
Feeling that cleansing water of His Spirit? The definition is coarsely warped and skews our understanding of the Father’s purpose in Jesus because it’s all about us and our feelings and not the Father. Do you see the reflection of the lie?
This definition steals Their glory and makes it about us. The definition carries the stench of the lie the serpent has continually brought forward since creation. It’s all about you, not the Father. This definition has become our “programming” subtle as it may be and it inhibits the Holy Spirit’s effectual conduction of Jesus through us to this world.
FYI: Nothing in this life is about us, It’s all about the Father.
…but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. John 14:31
Here is the Greek definition of the word REPENT found in most concordances:
to change one’s mind, i.e. to repent
to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins
This definition is flawed as well. It does brush up against an understanding that our minds get changed, but the focus of the work rests on us, not the Author and Finisher of our faith. It also sheds light on how the English dictionary came away with it’s embellished self-centered and loathing definition.
The prescribed definitions are anathema to the sentiment of God’s intent in sending Jesus to call us to repentance. But true insight, the heart of the Father for us can be found in the two roots of the compound word meta-noeō.
Theologically speaking if Jesus was calling humanity to repentance then the definitions are diametrically opposed to 2 Cor 5:19 that says, “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting humanities sins against them… Secondarily, if we’re all in for sin and are wretched, do “we” really change our minds for better? Do “we” heartily amend? I’ll just tell you, No we don’t.
Even the Greek definition infers it’s “your” work with a need to come to Him feeling badly about “yourself”, loathing with shame and remorse. Flat out, I dare anyone who is reading this to point to a passage where Jesus was calling us to remorse, guilt or shame. Jesus never required, expected or asked for what the Greek or English definitions presume we should carry.
Straight up! What we have been told to believe about repentance is a flat out lie. It is mind control, programming and spiritual abuse. It is a big pile of #Serpent Squat!
Maybe this is why Jesus said, be wise as serpents and innocent as doves?
So why do the current definitions of repent, both Greek and English lead us to an understanding of the first call of Jesus that have nothing to do with the words or actions of Jesus? It’s because these definitions are man-centered, repugnant programing of the serpent. The definitions are a lie of the serpent that is enforced by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil [TOTKOGAE], not the tree of life.
Plainly, Jesus Christ was not walking the Earth saying, “Feel badly about yourself, the Kingdom of God is at hand!” “Show regret and have remorse, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” Proving once again, the definitions of repent are erroneous, self-centered, serpent inspired programming that have caused us to misinterpret the living intercession of God.
We must allow the voice of the Holy Spirit, the intercession of God unrestricted access to the recesses of our hearts and minds if we are going to understand His call to repentance.
Let’s break this Greek word metanoeō down to the two roots of the word:
with, after, behind
to perceive with the mind, to understand, to have understanding
to think upon, heed, ponder, consider
As I was led to state before in, “What Am I Doing Right Now?”, how in the world did our current English dictionary definition cobble together it’s “understanding” when nowhere in either of the two root words is their any affirmative inclination to their assumptions?
I’ll tell you how, the serpent capitalizing on the consumption of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil [TOTKOGAE], inspired this “understanding” of the word repentance in man. The result has produced a dreadful bitter taste in the mouth instead of the Father’s intent for us to lean into the trust of His voice. The leading in His Word of life that isn’t counting our sins against us.
It is no coincidence there is no record of the any of the disciples being called to the current denotative understanding of repentance by Jesus. He just said follow me and they did. Repentance. Jesus didn’t tell them to view their sin or even think of an action or omission with deep regret or remorse. If repentance meant what we’ve been told, Saul “the persecutor” of Tarsus would have been the perfect candidate to act it out. But he wasn’t told to repent either, do you wonder why?
It’s because repentance does not mean what we have been told it means. The current definitions are serpent inspired man centered lies!!
Because of the discrepancy between the Greek and English definitions and the two root words in the Greek the Holy Spirit has led me to call a foul here. The TRUTH is, the devil himself has perverted the first words of Jesus in His ministry to our wondering souls and we’ve erroneously bought the perversion of this term. The Spirit of TRUTH is exposing it right here, do you perceive in your mind?
This perverted definition is the same thing that took place in the Garden of Eden, the Father’s first words to Adam were perverted by the serpent. We were formed from the dust in repentance; to listen for His voice and His voice only.
The Holy Spirit has fixed it and brought revelation of the Fathers desire in Christ, The question is do we have ears to hear what He is saying? Let the Holy Spirit renew your understanding and cast off the serpent inspired interpretation of man. Then when we read or hear “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” we will begin to hear the true intent of the Father in Christ Jesus.
This is what Jesus was and is saying:
With, after and behind what I am saying to you and forever interceding for you, think upon, heed, ponder, consider, and understand with your heart and mind. This is the Kingdom of God, this is the Kingdom of heaven. To hear the voice of God and follow with after and behind what He says and only what He says.