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Will A Deathbed Repentance Be Received By God ? Yea or Nay

Updated on February 14, 2011

Behold, I come quickly

Recently, while reading the word of God, I was lead by the spirit to the 22nd chapter of the Book of Revelation. I began reading the verses, doing my very best to take in the meaning of the words. I began to imagine what being in the presence of the Lord and the holy angels must have been like for John. I began to wonder what it must have been like to see all that John was allowed to see from the very beginning of the book, up to this point, and to write all that was commanded of him.

As Christians, we believe and prepare ourselves for the Second-Coming of Christ. We take heed to his words, understanding that He will come quickly. Some scriptures remind us that no man knows the day or hour that the Son of Man will appear, that He will come suddenly, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.

In verse 12, Jesus says again, " And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.

Christ Gave His Life For The Church

As I Meditated on the words, I remembered the "Triumphal Entry" of Jesus into Jerusalem, knowing that He was on His way to be rejected of men, beaten, whipped, and crucified. Knowing that He was on His way to die for the sins of the world, while He knew no sin. Also knowing that those He had come to seek and to save, still did not believe, and were missing the opportunity for their redemption, forgiveness, and salvation. I remembered how Jesus had wept over Jerusalem, because they would not come unto Him. I remembered how He climbed down from the donkey He was riding, and made His way to the church, casting out the money-changers, and those who sold doves, and proclaiming that His House is a House of Prayer, even before He yielded His body to the Roman soldiers.

Then I reflected back to the beginning of Revelation, seeing Jesus in my spirit. Seeing Jesus, after His death, resurrection, and ascension, seated at the right hand of the Father in Glory. Still loving sinners so much, that before He would allow Himself to become comfortable in heaven, before He put on His crown, His Robe, and His slippers, He called for John to come up, and bring a pad and pen, to take a letter to the seven churches. Still wanting that none should perish, but repent, and receive eternal life. Still wanting those who were fearful and unbelieving, those who were idolaters, covetous, and adulterers, to turn from their wicked ways, and be saved.

I Was Arrested

I was arrested, when I again read the scriptures. Looking back at verse 11, it says, " He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still."

So, taking verse 11 into consideration, and realizing that when He returns, He is not coming for repentance, but with judgment, I pose this question: Will A Deathbed Repentance Be Received By God?

Let's be clear, there will be some who will remain until Jesus comes, but for the vast majority of us, our numbers will be called individually, and we will have to answer. Are we allowed to live like hell, refusing God, until we get a negative report from the doctor, and then decide we want to be saved? Can we call out to God in repentance, as the death angel enters our room, knowing that we have lived unjust and filthy lives?

Tell me how you see it..........


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      4 years ago

      They will be saved but their reward will be less

    • gingerka profile image


      5 years ago from Colorado

      Your question brings the thief on the cross to mind. Jesus told him that he would be in Paradise with Him. It's not the best way for sure to wait until the last minute. We might not get the chance to receive Jesus at the last minute. That is a very big gamble and not one I would choose.

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      6 years ago

      The scriptures let us know it is possible. I personally believe for myself I don't think I would have a clear conscience repenting on my deathbed. Repentance is true if I would live for Christ if God changed his mind and let me live. Fear leads us to repentance but its Faith that's saves us for we are saved by grace through faith. Although God wish that no one would perish.... faith with out works is dead. While fear of hell may give me the faith to repent I would never be able to prove that if I died. But God is merciful and knows all things including if I would really repent (turn away) should I live and not die. Time and chance is given to all... but God can also mock you in the days of your calamity. I'm just soooo glad I've made the choice to serve him in good health, the rest is left up to that Great Judge Jesus Christ!

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      I am in agreement as well ontil our last breathe. The problem is though we don't know when our last breathe may come, and might not have time and really mean it from the heart! Therefore I always tell people choose today and be sincere, for tommorrow is not promised. Voted-UP!!!! GREAT HUB!!!! AMEN!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      7 years ago

      Godpreacher, Thank you for this thought provoking message! I believe that death bed repentance is possible! As long as there is breath in the body the Lord can transform the heart. The Lord knows from day one who belongs to Him! As Cristina pointed out the thief on the cross is a wonderful example! “ The Lord told him today you will be with Him in paradise!” Luke 23.

      However I truly beleive it is far better to repent asap so you can spend as much time as possible REJOICING on this side of heaven!

      Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

    • godpreacher profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.


      I don't know if it were possible to state the facts any clearer. Well said. For indeed, as you said, a living dog still has hope.

      God Bless

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      Allen Werner 

      7 years ago from West Allis

      godpreacher, while we look at the thief on the pole who was promised salvation, we see the possibility that we can change and amend our ways at anytime and it is acceptable. In a world where so much emphasis is placed on what is fair and unfair, the worldly might think it is not fair that they strived so long for the same prize, but as Christ told the workers in the field who were upset at the eleventh hour when the employer hired laborers at that time for the same wage - weren't you happy with your promise, wasn't it enough before now? I think there is almost a jealousy that comes out when we think about people living riotous lives and then suddenly changing - but we should rejoice at that! A living dog is indeed better than a dead lion, for the living dog still has hope. Peace

    • godpreacher profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.


      Thanks for coming by.

      You are correct, according to scripture, it is not His will that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance.

      God Bless

    • Tamarajo profile image


      7 years ago

      I guess I believe that a sincere repentance is honored whatever the circumstance may be. We see it in scripture with evil kings who found themselves in dire straights which led to their desire to repent and God granted them that opportunity.

      Sometimes it is those very things that cause people to repent. "The fear of the Lord causes men to depart from evil"

      His judgment is always with the intentions of His last ditch effort to bring men to a place that they may reconsider their former attitudes and positions before Him because "It is not His desire that anyone would perish but that all would come to repentance"

    • godpreacher profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      JeanieR & His Daughter,

      Thanks for coming by. It seems that many have referred to the thief repenting on the cross, and being received by Christ. Yet, we read in Matthew's gospel where Jesus spoke to the heart of man saying, " These people draw near to me with their lips, and honor me with their mouth, but their hearts are far from me." God knows our hearts, even on our death bed.

      God Bless

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      His daughter 

      7 years ago

      I think the thief on the cross next to Jesus would answer that question (Jesus' reply). I don't believe that is God's best for us, but obviously a sincere repentance took this thief to paradise to be with Christ.

    • godpreacher profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      Dave & Cristina327,

      Wonderful point of reference. It was a repentance that was accepted by our Lord Himself in the dying hour.

      Still, as you said Cristina, as long as that repentance is a true and genuine repentance. What happens with those whose repentance is not true or genuine, only words uttered to escape the torment of hell?

      Thanks for the comments.

      God Bless

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      7 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA

      I agree with TreasuresofHeaven. God is love. He doesn't change. Love! But how sad to think of a life lived without a conscious experience of that Love in this earthly existence. I believe that those are some of the tears that will be wiped away in the great Bye and Bye.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Yes I believe deathbed repentance is acceptable as long as the repentance is genuine. The repentance of the thief at the right side of Jesus at the cross is accepted by no less than Jesus Himself because his repentance is for real.A sinner must realize first His utter depravity first in order to do a genuine repentance. Just merely accepting Jesus as a mean of escape without genuinely acknowledging his sinfulness and depravity will not lead to genuine repentance and is not acceptable to God. Thank you for posting this insightful hub. Blessings to you always and regards.

    • DavePrice profile image


      7 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      My comment would be yes, in light of the confession of the thief on the cross beside Jesus: This day you will be with me in paradise.

    • godpreacher profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.


      Thanks for coming by and leaving a wonderful comment.It is not pleasant for any of us to think of God turning anyone down, but Peter said, " Judgment will begin in the house of God, and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?

      I'm Loving all the comments.

      God Bless

    • godpreacher profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.


      thanks for coming by, and posting such a profound comment. I love that story about the workers, but they were workers. They heeded the call, and went to the fields before the reward was to come. What about those who remain unjust and filthy, who refuse to heed the call? Look at Matthew 25: 31- 46.....

    • godpreacher profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.


      Thanks for your comment and your encouragement. It really is too bad, when we wait until our dying day to receive salvation from God. So, the question may be posed, is a deathbed repentance a true repentance, or just our way, when we realize that hell is as real as heaven, and we may be on our way there, separated from God for all eternity.

      God Bless

    • godpreacher profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.


      God Bless you brother. I wholeheartedly agree with your comment. God indeed said, let everything that has breath, praise His name. But.

    • Treasuresofheaven profile image

      Sima Ballinger 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Just think how much the deathbed repentant one has missed out on being with God for the ride. I don't think Jesus turns anyone down.

      Good question, definitely worth discussing. Thanks!

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      7 years ago from Florida

      this is definitely a yes. God gives us every opportunity to get it right, if you genuinely ask for forgiveness, yes God is just to forgive. Remember the parable of the workers that Jesus gave work, everyone got the same pay and was welcome no matter the time they came in, the one that came first and did a lot of work got the same pay as the man that came in at the last minute.

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      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Godpreacher WOW You have a beautiful writing here. GOD is the creator of life and GOD of life. I agree with Unchained yes until our last breath we can be saved. Too bad one must wair that long. There is so much abundant life in salvation. Amen. Our treasures await us in Heaven. There will be much teaching 1000 years worth so yes I do believe that God so loves His creation He will accept repentance if it is heartfelt. God knows our hearts. Awesome read and I voted up and Up. Many Blessings. Keep on Godpreacher.

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      Unchained Grace 

      7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Very simply put, yes and here's why. God said let every breathing creature praise Him and spread His Word, did He not? Therefore, If He accepts our praises and ability and desire to spread His Word, He therefore also accepts our repentance and request for salvation which can only be made so long as we are a living thing with a breath.


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