Metanoia

by David Cook

 

For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved,
In quietness and trust is your strength.”
But you were not willing,

Isaiah 30:15 NASB

 

Metanoia is an ancient Greek word (μετάνοια) that means “changing one’s mind”, as in repentance.[1]  God invites us to have a change of mind and to enter into His rest and find salvation.  To be still, and know that He is God.  And to trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and not to rely on your own understanding.

Yet so often, we are not willing.

 

Metanoia Definition

So where are you on your spiritual journey?

Have you come to a point of metanoia?  Have you had a change of mind, a change of heart and discovered a new way of life?

metamorphosis-monarch-butterfly

Monarch caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly – by Renee Dawson

Have you experienced a metamorphose and been transformed into a new creation? Have you been transformed from a larva crawling upon the earth to a butterfly who can now spread your wings and fly empowered by the Spirit of the Lord?

“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away,
in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord”
Acts 3:19 NASB

God’s ambassadors invite us to repent and return to the Lord so you can find forgiveness and peace with God and be refreshed.  The early apostles, “solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.” [2]

Baptism

Baptism is a visual representation of our transformed life.  As we go under the water it demonstrates a death and burial to our sinful self and our sinful ways.  As we come up out the water it reminds us that we have been given a new self that loves to please God and walk in new life in Christ.

The apostle Paul wrote about this to believers living in Rome;

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.

Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts,13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.  Romans 6:1-14 NASB

The apostle Peter reveals God’s heart towards the people He created;
The Lord is not slow about His promise,
as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,
not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.  2 Peter 3:9 NASB

[1] Metanoia an ancient Greek word that means “changing one’s mind”.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metanoia

[2] solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.  Acts 20:21 NASB

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s