REPENTANCE THAT LEADS TO SALVATION
What is repentance?
Repentance as a prerequisite to salvation is a word which recognises as well as shows a Godly remorse or sorrow for wrong doing and which begins the process of aligning oneself to the true will and purposes of God. It is a conscious decision of the mind to accept the change.
Why do we need repentance?
Repentance is necessary because of sin – the consequence of man turning his back on His creator and walking away into doom.
Will repentance get rid of sin?
No. Repentance is not salvation. Repentance is the part that man plays towards his salvation which is purely an act of God. Man makes the decision to turn away from sin and God gives the grace to be set free from sin. The two must work hand in hand. There can be no true salvation without repentance.
2 Corinthians 7:10 says “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”
What do we know about the origin of sin?
It will help to read the whole of Genesis 3. Sin came about as a result of the disobedience of the first man, Adam and since then, all humanity has been born into sin- with severe consequences ever since.
Does sin affect our relationship with God?
The unequivocal answer is yes.
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear”. Isaiah 59:2
This implies a separation from God our creator! Sin is enmity with God which means that it is both in opposition and repulsive to God. It does not just stop God from hearing our prayers or making other peoples lives a misery, it also leads to spiritual death.
What role does Salvation play?
The word salvation implies what Christ has freely accomplished in order to forcefully snatch us away from the penalty and power of sin. Salvation is a three-fold free gift that affects our past, present and future. Sin manifests itself in the form of disease, sickness, poverty, death, murder, hatred etc and it is all these unrighteous acts that Christ”s saving work has dealt with.
Repentance brings the desire for reconciliation with God and to be freed from the enslaving nature of sin. This is where salvation comes in. Many people think that there are many paths leading to God, but the bible tells us that this is not so. Someone had to pay the price and that person was Jesus Christ.
How hard do we have to work to receive salvation?
Salvation does not come through works, it is a FREE GIFT because Jesus paid the price.This is what we call the gift of grace – God”s ability to reach out to us at the cost of the life of His only Son. Really it is an undeserved favour of God.