Metanoeo – Repentance

“The predominantly intellectual understanding of metanoeo as a change of mind plays very little part in the New Testament. Rather the decision by the whole man to turn around is stressed. It is clear that we are concerned neither with a purely outward turning, nor with a merely intellectual change of ideas.” – Colin Brown, The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, Vol. 1 pg.358

Well, there certainly isn’t any idea of “invite Jesus into your heart” in that definition.  Repentance does mean a changing of one’s mind literally based on the Greek, but in its practical implications and usage in the NT it is much more than that.

For more on this, check out this article “Repentance Is Required


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