Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Does God Repent?

In 'Avoiding Current Errors Within Evangelicalism' preached on September 30, 2009, Reverend Maurice Roberts challenges the notion of open theism by biblically clarifying the idea of God's repentance found in the Bible.  He outlines the puritan view of repentance in terms of God:  Repentance in man is a changing of his will; repentance in God is His willing of a change.  Reverend Roberts states that the problems that sin creates in this world are all foreseen by God (Eph. 1:11).  Nothing takes the almighty God by surprise; He is never perplexed (Num. 23:19).   Therefore, the repentance of God is not the changing of His mind; it is His willing of a change in us so that the judgments we deserve are averted by the grace of God (Jonah 3:10).

"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, the he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?" (Numbers 23:19).