The Impenitent Heart
Impenitent: Not repenting - someone who does not repent; a hardened
Unfortunately, in these days of the Laodiciean church there are so many
false doctrines floating about the christian community, that there shall
be a wailing and gnashing of teeth when Jesus has come and taken His Church
away, and those left behind now realise that it's too late. . . .too late.
There will be no more repentance:
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans
write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the
beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither
cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm,
and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou
sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;
and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind,
and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou
mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that
the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve,
that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous
therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man
hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with
him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me
in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in
The tragedy that's played out is that most of the people of these traditional
churches do not realise that they are not going to be with Jesus Christ
one day. They haven't taken the trouble to find out the Truth for themselves.
Many still think that they "only have to believe".
The following was written by Paul to the Christian church in Rome:
Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest:
for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for
thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the
judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things,
and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest
thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not
knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after
thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against
the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will
render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance
in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey
unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every
soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew
first, and also to the Gentile:
The judging that Paul writes about here is obviously condemnation.
Another example, that is fully documented is that of Job:
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that
man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil
However, when things went against him he started complaining and feeling
sorry for himself (just as you and I would).
He needed a wake-up call.
Elihu was a young man who knew God and respected his elders. After many
hours of hearing Job complaining about his circumstances, he told Job and
his companions the following:
Elihu also proceeded, and said, Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee
that I have yet to speak on God's behalf. I will fetch my knowledge
from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. For truly my words
shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is
with thee. Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is
mighty in strength and wisdom. He preserveth not the life of the
wicked: but giveth right to the poor. He withdraweth not his eyes from
the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth
establish them for ever, and they are exalted. And if they be bound
in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction; Then he sheweth
them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded. He openeth
also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity,
and their years in pleasures. But if they obey not, they shall perish by
the sword, and they shall die without knowledge. But the hypocrites in
heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them. They die in youth,
and their life is among the unclean. He delivereth the poor in his
affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression. Even so would he have
removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there
is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should
be full of fatness. But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked:
judgment and justice take hold on thee. Because there is
wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then
a great ransom cannot deliver thee. Will he esteem thy riches? no,
not gold, nor all the forces of strength. Desire not the night, when people
are cut off in their place. Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast
thou chosen rather than affliction. Behold, God exalteth by his power:
who teacheth like him? Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou
hast wrought iniquity? Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.
Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off. Behold, God is
great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years
be searched out.
At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place. Hear attentively
the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth.
He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends
of the earth. After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of
his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard. God
thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we
cannot comprehend. For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth;
likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength. He sealeth
up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work. Then the beasts
go into dens, and remain in their places. Out of the south cometh the whirlwind:
and cold out of the north. By the breath of God frost is given: and the
breadth of the waters is straitened. Also by watering he wearieth the thick
cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: And it is turned round about by
his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face
of the world in the earth. He causeth it to come, whether for correction,
or for his land, or for mercy. Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and
consider the wondrous works of God. Dost thou know when God disposed them,
and caused the light of his cloud to shine? Dost thou know the balancings
of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?
How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south
wind? Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong,
and as a molten looking glass? Teach us what we shall say unto him;
for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness. Shall
it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed
up. And now men see not the bright light which is in the
clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them. Fair weather cometh out
of the north: with God is terrible majesty. Touching the
Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and
in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict. Men do therefore
fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart.
Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, Shall he that contendeth with
the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer
it. Then Job answered the LORD, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall
I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken;
but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further. Then
answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Gird up thy
loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest
Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing,
and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he
that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I
understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I
beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou
unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye
seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and
his sons' sons, even four generations. So Job died, being
old and full of days.
The words of God through His servants:
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he
meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers
of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall
not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are
not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore
the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation
of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the
way of the ungodly shall perish.
Scorn: Hot or extreme contempt.
*A Psalm of David.* Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither
be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be
cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD,
and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt
be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires
of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he
shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness
as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait
patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his
way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from
anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For
evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall
inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall
not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall
not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight
themselves in the abundance of peace. The wicked plotteth against the just,
and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him: for
he seeth that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn out the sword, and
have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay
such as be of upright conversation. Their sword shall enter into their
own heart, and their bows shall be broken. A little that a righteous man
hath is better than the riches of many wicked. For the arms of the
wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous. The LORD
knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they
shall be satisfied. But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the
LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke
shall they consume away. The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but
the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth. For such as be blessed
of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall
be cut off. The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and
he delighteth in his way.
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Should you feel that the above concerns you and you wish to aspire to a
better life; these verses read in context will help you:
Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather
grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth
forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will
have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous,
but sinners to repentance.
Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O
generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say
within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto
you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore
which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he
it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father,
and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him
But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is
accepted with him.
Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward
God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God
imputeth righteousness without works,
And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of
the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be
the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that
righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to
condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came
upon all men unto justification of life.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants
ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed
from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then
made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin;
but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness,
have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish
their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity,
I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though
I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all
knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains,
and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to
feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have
not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and
is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed
up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily
provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in
the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things,
endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be
prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall
cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we
know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is
come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child,
I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but
when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through
a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall
I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these
three; but the greatest of these is charity.
(1 Corinthians 13:1-13)
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved,
we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the
heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with
our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not
be found naked.
(2 Corinthians 5:1-3)
Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance:
for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage
by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not
to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
(2 Corinthians 7:9-10)
(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor:
his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the
sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed
sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
(2 Corinthians 9:9-10)
Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which
is in the law, blameless.
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the
law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which
is of God by faith:
And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and
are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly
in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded,
support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render
evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good,
both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without
ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ
Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance
of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God
your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Thessalonians 5:12-23)
Beseech:To entreat, to implore; to ask or pray earnestly.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his
mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless
afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which
are exercised thereby.
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end
for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus
Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the
former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy,
so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be
ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect
of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your
sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed
with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation
received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood
of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was
foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these
last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from
the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit
unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another
with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed,
but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for
ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the
flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which
by the gospel is preached unto you.
(1 Peter 1:13-25)
I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because
ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
(1 John 2:21)
If you should think that the above is taken out of context, or perhaps
that in some other way you are saved already:
What goes around comes around:
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall
enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father
which is in heaven.
Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered,
that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell
you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the
ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which
kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which
is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall:
for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten
contrary to the law?
Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that
ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all,
when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among
you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you,
that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. When ye come
together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's
supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper:
and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to
eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that
have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise
you not. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered
unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed
took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said,
Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance
of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped,
saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as
ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread,
and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore
whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord,
unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let
a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink
of that cup. For he
that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself,
not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and
sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves,
we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the
Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
(1 Corinthians 11:17-32)
And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word
in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
(1 Thessalonians 1:6)
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And
make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out
of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men,
and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently
lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing
up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be
any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat
sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have
inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance,
though he sought it carefully with tears. For ye are not come unto the
mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness,
and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of
words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should
not be spoken to them any more: (For they could not endure that which was
commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned,
or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that
Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) But ye are come unto mount Sion,
and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an
innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the
firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and
to the spirits of just men made perfect,
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and
whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their
part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second
If you have been touched by the hand of the living God through this writing,
go to the teaching "Trust in Him" on this web site for further blessings.
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- But I would have you know, that the head of every man
is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of
Christ is God.
- (1 Corinthians 11:3)
- Please study the implications.
- One of the great difficulties we have in the Christian
life is trusting the divine wisdom.
- God uses His wisdom to help us become holy, because without
holiness we shall not enter the Celestial City.
- That He makes us happy on this earth might be very nice
but is of no lasting value.
- How much do I trust Him? How much do I know Them?
God is good! God is perfect!
- All things God gives us are for His good pleasure,
and the first of these is repentance:
- For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent,
though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you
sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that
ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made
sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of:
but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
- (2 Corinthians 7:8-10)
- Following Spiritual conviction, a search was made on this
web site1 for teachings that concern the subject of repentance
and it was discovered that no clear explanation was given even though the
above passage of Scripture was used more that once.
- Few Christians realise that Paul's ministry - that which
was divinely given to him - was repentance towards God, and faith towards
our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21). First comes initial faith, with
reaction to that faith resulting in our repentance, the granting of repentance
by God resulting in conversion, then growing in faith over time as a result
of learning what the Holy Trinity did and is doing for His elect, with
resultant broadening Spiritual wisdom and loving obedience.
- Also, because of the international nature of the internet,
not everyone has an English dictionary.
- Therefore, a list of words and their meanings has been
extracted from Chambers Dictionary and included in these following teachings,
and linked together.
- Making You Sorry.
- God Gives Repentance
- The Lord Gives Repentance.
- The Impenitent Heart.
- Sorry: Regretful, apologetic, miserable, wretchedly
bad, contemptible, expressing apology.
- Remorse: A feeling of regret and guilt for past
wrong doing, but not asking for forgiveness from God.
- Penitence: Suffering pain or sorrow for past sin
and feeling a desire to reform - contrite. Undergoing penance - a worldly
action to obtain God's forgiveness.
- Repentance: To regret what one has done or left
undone, to change from past evil or misconduct - to feel contrition. Regret
with action (change moral outlook to acceptable Godly standard.)
- Repentance is recognition by the sinner of the magnificence
of God, of his guilt, and confession of his need of deliverance by his
Creator, turning from his sinful way, earnestly desiring to be cleansed
from the filth of his sin; on his knees, believing that the ever-present
all powerful God who made him can hear him: opening his heart and pleading
that the Living Loving merciful God will forgive him.
- And then, only then, will our Heavenly Father, in His
lovingkindness, mercy and grace forgive the sins of the contrite heart
and grant repentance, converting the sinner into a new Spiritually aware
- 1 www.hosanna.org.za.