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Repentance.

In the wide sense, change from a rebellious state to one of harmony with the will of God, from trusting in human merit to trusting in the merit of Christ; embraces contrition* and justifying faith*; sometimes the fruits of repentance are included (Ap XII 28). In the narrow sense, faith and fruits are not included. The means to repentance is the Word of God. Cf. Jer 31:18; Acts 5:31. Sometimes taken as equivalent to penance* and penitence. See also Conversion.

K. H. Ehlers, “Repentance,” The Abiding Word, II, ed. T. Laetsch (St. Louis, 1947), 258–274.


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