“I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
(a) Sinner. If the original language did not lack punctuation marks, the word “sinners” would be in quotation marks. Religious people called them sinners; Jesus called them lost sheep (Matt. 10:6, 15:24).
(b) Repents. To repent means to change your mind. In context, it means changing your mind about Christ and the goodness of God (Rom. 2:4). See entry for Repentance.
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