My Best Learning so far this Eastertime (that i was NOT aware of before) came from the Documentary: ‘Life of Jesus’ shown on TV Good Friday.
Narrrator/Writer John Dickson said the message of Repentance that Jesus brought to mankind, when referenced in a Greek original text, used the term ‘Metanoia‘, which was translated to mean’ Repent’ (as in: earnestly seek to change your ways).
But the word used in Greek was Meta-noia, not meta-morphosis…
Literally: Change your Mind, not Change your ‘form’ or thoughts.
from Wikipedia: “The Greek term for repentance, metanoia, denotes a change of mind, a reorientation, a fundamental transformation of outlook, of man’s vision of the world and of himself, and a new way of loving others and God. In the words of a second-century text, The Shepherd of Hermas, it implies “great understanding,” discernment. It involves, that is, not mere regret of past evil but a recognition by man of a darkened vision of his own condition, in which sin, by separating him from God, has reduced him to a divided, autonomous existence, depriving him of both his natural glory and freedom. “Repentance,” says Basil the Great, “is salvation, but lack of understanding is the death of repentance.” Repentance thereby acquires a different dimension to mere dwelling on human sinfulness, and becomes the realization of human insufficiency and limitation. Repentance then should not be accompanied by a paroxysm of guilt but by an awareness of one’s estrangement from God and one’s neighbor.“
Today, the term to ‘Change one’s mind’ has such a weak and indecisive connotation to it… “Oh, I just changed my mind – i won’t do that, i’ll do this instead”.
The intent, spiritually though, is of infinitely far greater importance for each one of us than a simple re-think.
To live IN Jesus is to completely, permanently and irrevocably change the way one thinks about ALL things from the way we have learned to live ‘in’ – in ‘our’ own way.
It can not be done through solely our own efforts but requires Him to instill us with the ‘gift’ of our New Companion, the Comforter, The Holy Spirit, that is to live within each one of us who truly seeks Him in our life on this Earth. We are then to learn how to live IN this Spirit so that we can follow only the Will of the Father over our ‘own’ way.
That is how i see i am to ‘Change my Mind’ – to be truly ‘Repentant’, that Salvation be assured, provided i do not bring myself down through error or temptation to turn away again from the Redeemer, or from the Father of my soul.
It requires me to undergo a completely new way of existence, beginning with acceptance of the most precious Gift (in Grace) and requiring perhaps a lifetime of patient, diligent effort (Works) in order to accomplish the process of metanoia, ‘moving’ my consciousness from my earthly mind to His Spiritual mind contained within this ‘temple’ of the body.