Matthew 3:1 IN THOSE days there appeared John the Baptist, preaching in the Wilderness (Desert) of Judea 2 And saying, Repent (think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. AMP
Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, crying out, Repent (change your mind for the better, heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. AMP
Repent - change your mind - for the better
Regretting your sins - abhor you past sins
Change your conduct - amend your ways
Mounce Greek Dictionary: to undergo a change in frame of mind and feeling; to repent; to make a change of principle and practice; to reform
Primary Reason for Needed Change
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand
The Kingdom of Heaven has come near
The Kingdom of Heaven is touchable
God’s way of doing things is attainable
Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. NKJV
Paul was speaking to the Church at Philippi from a perspective of where he was going…not where he had arrived.
Paul had a goal, a target, a mindset that was always forward.
Paul said he forgot things that were behind.
Note: One of the hardest things for the Church and Christians to do is let go of the past and move toward the future. Move from what God “has done” to what God “is doing”.
Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. KJV
Set a fixed point on the horizon
A place to move toward
Point of Demarcation
Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. KJV
To be sent out from a point demarcatioN
Always moving the horizon
Always looking for something more
Never feeling they have come to a point of demarcation
Colossians 1:19 For it has pleased [the Father] that all the divine fullness (the sum total of the divine perfection, powers, and attributes) should dwell in Him permanently. AMP
Colossians 2:9 For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature]. 10 And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power]. AMP