Repentance is about much more than confession of sin. In fact, the focus of repentance is not our sin, but worship.
When we think of the word repent, typically our next thought is of sin. We say or hear things like “Repent of your sin” or “If you want to go to heaven, you must repent of your sin” or “Salvation requires men to repent of their sins.” There are at least two problems with such an understanding of repentance.
The concept of repentance is so common in our language and so integral a part of our concept of salvation that the meaning of the word has become blurred and even skewed from its original meaning.
Joseph Case 3: A Baffling Dream
A third point put forward to strengthen the argument concerning Joseph’s prideful character was his decision to share his dreams with his family. There seems to be a consensus among preachers that Joseph erred greatly in sharing his dreams with his family.
Joseph, Case 2: A Beautiful Coat
The second item of evidence offered as proof of Joseph’s pride was that he wore the splendid coat gifted to him by Jacob (Gen. 37:3). Much has been written about this coat of Joseph’s, with too many commentators, preachers, and Bible scholars giving Joseph a bad grade for wearing the coat.
Joseph Case Study #1: A Bad Report
The first proof some commentators have offered as evidence of Joseph’s pride was the “bad report” he made concerning his brothers. But what was it that made this report bad or evil?
Joseph & the Sin of Pride
Too often our interpretation of a biblical text is skewed by tradition, by the authorities we listen to, by our own misunderstanding of a text, or because we did not apply ourselves to greater diligence of study. In most cases, such errors in interpretation are made quite innocently and do not necessarily create a problem with the overall message of a lesson or sermon.
Salvation is the means by which fallen humanity, separated from God by their sinful nature, are set free from the bondage of sin, reconciled to God the Father, and made qualified to serve in the ministry of the kingdom of God.