Rebound repentance is exchanging my 'thumbs up' for God's 'thumbs down' on my sins

1Jo 1:8-10; Eph 4:30-31;Eph 5:18; 2Cor 7:1; 2Co 12:20-21.

ROMANS-82-100324 - length: 64:28 - taught on Mar, 24 2010

Class Outline:

This message includes teaching on the doctrine of rebound.   Since then Pastor Farley has come to understand that the doctrine of rebound cannot be supported by the Bible.  Please see Pastor Farley’s messages in March 2013 (March 3 - April 3, 2013) where he systematically refutes the doctrine of rebound based on the scriptures.

John Farley
March 24, 2010

Rebound repentance is exchanging my “thumbs up” for God’s “thumbs down” on my sins


Point 1. The true meaning of the Greek word metanoeo is to change one’s thinking, or to change the mind.

Point 2: The definitive use of repentance, JER 8:3-6, MAT 21:28-32 .

Point 3. Nothing can be added to faith or believing as a condition of salvation.

“Repenting” is used as a synonym for believing when dealing with the mechanics of salvation, as in ACT 17:30, ACT 20:21, ACT 26:20, ROM 2:4.

Point 4. Salvation repentance or Believing in Christ.

Salvation repentance is that change of mind that follows perception of the truth of the Gospel.

Faith in Christ and repentance are two sides of the same coin.
A change in mental attitude about the person and work of Christ equals repentance in connection with salvation.

Repentance results in the exhale of faith in Jesus Christ, salvation adjustment to the justice of God.

Point 5. Post-Salvation Repentance relates to a change of attitude away from evil (sin or human good) toward doctrine.
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Point 6. The second kind of repentance in the New Testament is a change of attitude about sin.

Repentance has its place in the life and experience of the born-again believer.

After salvation, we still sin.

Human volition is the source of all personal sins.

Personal sins result in:

a. Loss of the filling of the Spirit replaced by grieving and quenching the Spirit.
b. No fellowship with God
c. Sin nature having control over the soul

When we sin, we grieve the Holy Spirit.

to distress; reflexively or passively, to be sad:

to make sorrowful; to affect with sadness, cause grief; to throw into sorrow: in a wider sense, to grieve, offend

The cognate noun Lupe is a general term for “sorrow”.
It was commonly used to designate heaviness of heart.

It is also used of the general troubles of a steward.

It denotes sorrow over sin, both by the
Holy Spirit [EPH 4:30] and by the sinner who changes his mind about his sin [2CO 7:11]

When true fellowship is lost, and either party realizes it, it causes grief and sorrow.

Sorrow that is produced because the believer views his sin as God views it will lead to a change of mind toward that sin.

Paul shows that sorrow here is a prerequisite to repentance, but sorrow is not identical with repentance.

This is an anthropopathism signifying grief over a loss.

You have to ask yourself a question: loss of what?

What happened such that the Holy Spirit has the kind of grief associated with the human experience of losing a loved one?

Steward - a person who takes responsibility to make decisions and take actions today that will allow resources to be maintained in a healthy manner.

One who is in charge of the household affairs of a large estate, club, hotel, or resort.

The Holy Spirit can be seen as the steward of the spiritual life.

What troubles is the Holy Spirit having with believers?

Lupeo is used when there is deep sorrow, or impending loss due to death.
In the Bible, death means separation.

What loss is the Holy Spirit grieving?
What death has caused Him to be sorrowful?
What separation has occurred?

This cannot be spiritual death - that would mean loss of salvation.
This is not physical death either.

This is carnal death, and the loss is loss of fellowship between the believer and God.

How do we go from fellowship lost [our fault] to fellowship restored [our decision]?

W are COMMANDED in EPH 4:30 to not grieve the Spirit.
We are COMMANDED in EPH 5:18 to be filled with the Spirit.

Repent and confess.

Change your mind about your sins. And then confess your sins to God the Father.