Originally Posted by glorydaz
I realize I'm butting in here, but I can't see that repentance TOWARD GOD has a single thing to do with repenting from sin
. We simply cannot believe unless we change our mind about God. We can't believe until we TURN TO GOD from unbelief to belief with faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Jews had to change their mind about Jesus being the TRUE LIGHT of God. "Turn ye, Turn ye, Turn ye" means to repent.
We see it here.....turning from idols (including SELF and whatever else we may be serving before we "turn to God"). Therefore, repent cannot be separated from belief. They really are two sides of the same coin.
1 Thessalonians 1:9
For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
Gentiles repenting during the Acts provoking ministry (Paul's first sending Acts 26:16-20 KJV) would have led them to a synagogue of the Jews where they would then hear the good news Paul preached (Acts 13:26 KJV, 13:42-44 KJV).
That is not a necessary step for us to hear the gospel today!
We trust the Lord for salvation after hearing and believing the word of truth; that Christ died for our sins was buried and rose again the third day and are saved and sealed (1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Ephesians 1:13-14).
Today, God gives repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.
2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
2 Timothy 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.