Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Repent and turn away from your idols and turn your faces away from all your abominations.” Ez.14:6 (Ezekiel)
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matt.3:2 (John the Baptist)
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matt.4:17 (Jesus)
“repent of this wickedness of yours”..Acts 8:22 (Peter)
“repent and do the deeds you did at first”..Rev.2:5 (Jesus)
One time I heard a pastor teach that we don’t have to repent, that repentance is something we did back way back when we became Christians. He actually disparaged the idea of repenting again or continuously. But way before Jesus sent His disciples to the pagan nations with the gospel, God was continuously sending messages to His own people to repent. Isaiah’s message to God’s people was repent. Ezekiel told God’s people to repent. John the Baptist’s message to God’s people was repent. Jesus said to God’s people, repent! Repentance is not just for those who are hearing the gospel for the first time, repentance is for God’s people too. Repentance is for the house of God. That would be us. God wants us to live the gospel and repentance is a huge part of the gospel. God calls us to repent because we need to. God wants us to turn onto the narrow road if we find ourselves wandering on the wide road. (The way is difficult; we have to repent to keep on the narrow path.) He wants us to change our mind from false beliefs to Truth. He wants us to turn from sin to Him with all our heart. Repentance is required for entrance into His kingdom. Repentance prepares us for His coming.