Most people are quite shocked to find that it does not appear in the Scripture. Nowhere does the Scripture use the phrase, "repent of sin" to be saved. Scripture does say in Acts , "repentance toward God" change of mind , and "faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. The literal meaning of "metanoia" is "a change of mind". So, therefore, "metanoia" means a "change of mind".
What is repentance? Is repentance required for salvation?
Repentance for Teens Study — HAMPTON ROADS CHURCH
A lot people misunderstand what "repent" means. It's not just about stopping or "turning away" from your sin. Repentance is actually a change of mind and heart. When we had once been set on rejecting Jesus, we change to recognizing and having faith in Christ. Every single one of us needs repentance in regards to salvation.
Truth Brings Light
Just as it takes time to properly prepare a field, so it also takes time to come to repentance—time to come to understand how the Bible applies in your everyday life, to recognize and admit the ways that you have sinned or disobeyed God, and for you to turn your life around. The apostle Paul refers to a godly sorrow that produces genuine repentance and a worldly sorrow that does not produce the right result 2 Corinthians 2 Corinthians For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death. More than just turning away from sin, repentance requires that we turn toward God, that we do our best to live as He expects us to live.
Are you troubled with doubts about your salvation? Perhaps you have gone forward in a meeting, prayed, and asked Christ to come into your heart, and yet you are not sure about your salvation. You can be sure! God does not want you to go through life wondering whether or not you are a true Christian. First of all, we need to find out what a Christian really is.