According to the dictionary, repentance is the amendment or correction of an opinion or action. Is the sorrow or remorse that we feel for doing something or not doing something. But the faith that takes us to accept Jesus as our savior must come with a genuine repentance of our sins, a biblical repentance, and this is the one that produces a real and radical change in us, an authentic modification in our behavior.
“Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;”
To repent is to confess and to separate from sin. The separation between God and us is our sinful nature, our own iniquity. Repentance and Faith are the result of listening and believing the Word of God. All the people are sinners and need the unforgiving love of the father, the redemption through Jesus and the renewal of the Holy Spirit.
The ones that truly repent look at sin in a different way than those who do NOT repent for real…Their change is definitive with no return. Is total abandonment of sin and they no longer find it attractive or fascinating, they see it as undesirable and shameful. He even wonders how he was able to do or desire something like that.
“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”
2 Corinthians 7:10
Repenting of our sins, is a Decision. Is the decision to recognize and acknowledge our faults, is a drastic change of opinions and feelings related to our sins. Is to make a U turn, a 190 degree turn in our vision for life. It is to stop doing the things that are against the commandments, is to turn our face to God and surrender our life to Him, so He can transform our way of thinking, to cleanse us, to purify us inside and to fill us with the Holy Spirit.
A lot of people repent but they fall back in sin because they did not gave their hearts to God. If we leave sin behind but do not turn our face to God, we will sin again…What is to turn our face to God?…Is to have a willing heart for God, is to Pray and read the Bible, is to ask forgiveness every day, is to fast, is to gather in a church…If we don’t do it like that, be sure that we will fall in sin all over again and then we are going to feel frustrated…
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7
Only God can cover us, fill us with power and give us the strength in our bodies and spirit to resist temptations, in order to be able to overcome our sinful nature and not to return to our old way of living. The true repentance makes us look at our own behavior like something censurable, that when we look back at our life we can express: How terrible! How could I have done something like that! Nevertheless, who doesn’t have a true repentance, can see that sin is destroying him, knows that it will destroy him and knows that God is going to punish him for following the wrong way, but, regardless of the consequences, feels pleasure for their sin, they like it so much that they don’t want to let go of it. They taste it and enjoy it. If the repentance is not real, there will be no transformation. The change is temporary and soon they will go back to their old ways.
“I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah” Psalms 32:5
Once we acknowledge our sins, we only need to repent and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior to be forgiven, because He die on the cross and resurrected for us, defeating sin and death, and with this incredible act of love, he establish a connection between us and God the Father.
The repentance of our sins involves a metamorphosis, a renewal of the condition of the mind. The way of thinking is transformed and we start seeing things in a total different way. Who truly repents from their heart, changes his life to a life surrender to God and his authority. A life that changed from wanting to receive to wanting to give.
1.-What is the Torah?
The Hebrew Word Torah means, basically, teaching and instruction. It can define a wise man teaching his son or God teaching the people of Israel.
Through the Torah (instruction) God demonstrates His interest in all the aspects of the life of man. It also reflects the care and love that God has for man.
“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord!.” Psalm 119:1
2.- Is the Torah holy?
The Torah is holy a blessing the people of God.
‘Therefore, the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.” Romans 7:12
3.- Does the Torah speaks about Jesus?
Yes, the Torah is a mentor that directs us to Jesus the Messiah.
“Therefore, the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” Galatians 3:24-26
4.- Does it help the Christians to read the Torah (Instruction of God)?
Of course, because the Torah talks about Yeshua (Jesus)
“Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures(Torah).” Luke 24:44-45
5.- Is the whole Scripture the Torah (Instruction of God)?
For the believer in Jesus the term Torah (Instruction from God) is wider. The Gospels, the book of Acts, the Epistles and the Revelation of John are also the Torah (instruction from God). The whole Bible is the instruction of God grounded on the Torah (The Law of Moses).