The Bible’s Final Words
on Repenting

A word search on Biblegateway of the 2011 NIV translation of the Holy Bible reveals that the word repent appears seventy-eight times in all of Scripture. Fifty-four of those times are in the New Testament, and of those fifty-four, ten are in the final book of the Bible: The Book of Revelation. While in some of those ten verses, God is addressing sinners, in others He is straightforwardly addressing saints in the churches. 

To repent is an act of humble submission that realigns our wrong thinking with God’s perfect knowledge. It is an attitude that gratefully says, “You’re right and I’m not, God. So thank you, God, for caring for me, for correcting my thinking to bring us closer together in greater agreement forever.”

So now, in reading those ten verses that are listed below, try to imagine our God, whose goodness is so great that He wants that same kind of relationship with each one of His children in the same kind of right way forever. That is why, in the Book of Revelation that tells of the end times that God assures us are coming, the word repent is used more times than in any other single book of the Bible.

I may not know much, but I do know this:  Keep on repenting; you’ll never regret that you did.  


Revelation 2:5
Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

 Revelation 2:16
Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

 Revelation 2:21
I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.

Revelation 2:22
So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.

Revelation 3:3
Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

Revelation 3:19
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.

 Revelation 9:20
The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.

Revelation 9:21
Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Revelation 16:9
They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.

Revelation 16:11
and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.


[New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. . May 2020]

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