Full text of Bible teacher Derek Prince’s teaching on ‘Repentance’. In this Bible study, Derek teaches beautifully on what is repentance and why all need to repent, based on Scriptures.
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Derek Prince – Bible teacher
This week I’ll be talking to you about one specific form of spiritual experience, which is a must in the life of every one of us…. a must that is, if we’re ever to know true and lasting peace of mind and to lead the kind of life that God intends for each one of us. It’s an experience which we cannot get around, and for which there is no substitute.
And yet, for all that, it’s an experience which is not understood by most people today and which is seldom explained by most preachers.
If I were to offer you several guesses as to the form of spiritual experience I have in mind, I doubt whether many of you would come up with the right answer.
It’s summed up in one powerful scriptural word: Repentance. So that’s going to be our theme today and through this week: the theme of repentance.
WHAT IS REPENTANCE? What Did Jesus Teach About Repentance?
No one in Scripture ever placed a greater emphasis on the need for repentance than Jesus Himself. Listen for instance to what He says in Luke Chapter 13 verses one through five.
Luke 13:1-5: ‘Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.’
The people here speaking to Jesus were describing incidents that were apparently fresh in everybody’s mind at that time of dramatic disasters that had come to two groups of people. The first was a group of Galileans about whom the record says that Pilate had mingled their blood with their sacrifices. I don’t believe we have any further details available. But apparently these people were engaged in a religious act of sacrifice, and for some reason, Pilate, the Roman governor, had them executed while they were actually sacrificing, so that their own blood was mingled with the blood of the animals that they’d offered in sacrifice.
This must have appeared a very terrible form of death to the people of the time to be actually engaged in a religious act of sacrifice and to be executed while performing it.
And so the people that were talking to Jesus, asked Him, ‘had these Galileans done something especially bad that this special disaster came upon them? And Jesus answered no, not necessarily.
And then He turned the question around, and said to the people who asked Him, ‘but unless you repent, you too will perish.’
And then the second incident was apparently a disaster in which a tower in Siloam had fallen on a number of people and killed them. Siloam is just south-east from the old city of Jerusalem as we know it today.