Prov. 1:23 (TNIV):
23 Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.
It is only as we repent from our sin – our evil thoughts, words and deeds that we can receive the word of God in to our lives.
Once we have acknowledged our basic sinfulness and received Christ in our lives we should continue to pray that the Holy Spirit shows us areas where we need to repent so that we can open up more to God’s word so it will transform us and conform us more to the image of Christ.
Also we should pray that non-Christians should be moved by the Spirit to come to an understanding of their sinfulness and repent from evil – first then will Scripture truly make sense to them, and the very thoughts of God will be revealed and make sense to them.
John the Baptist called for repentance at the outset of his ministry in Matt. 3:1-2:
1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Jesus too started his ministry by preached repentance in Matt. 4:17:
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
The ‘kingdom of heaven’ is being saved by grace from the punishment our sinfulness deserve and living with Jesus as King, letting his thoughts and teachings shape you to become more like him.
And this will happen if we repent at his rebuke.
What an awesome promise!