Except You Repent!
Luke 13:3 says, “I tell you, nay; but, except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish.” There is no doubt that Jesus was referring here to the importance of repentance as a necessary part of salvation. Sincere repentance has always been the first step into the presence of God. Jesus taught repentance, and His Apostles confirmed His teachings throughout the entire New Testament.
What is Repentance?
Many people do not understand repentance. Repentance comes from the Greek word “metaneo,” and means to change one’s mind. The truth is, repentance is not merely asking for forgiveness, but it is a turning from sin. It’s a changing of the mind that comes when a person looks to Christ for forgiveness. “If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways (i.e. repent); then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). From this scripture, it is clear that prayer is the starting element of repentance, and that forgiveness is the result of prayer and change.
How Do I Repent?
Repentance is a personal experience and is the beginning of a journey with Jesus Christ. This being said, there is not a “right way” to repent, as long as it is sincere; sincerity produces a willingness to turn your back on sin and obey God’s plan of Salvation. It starts with a recognition of need, then sincere prayer to God. Deep in your heart, you will know what to pray. Ask the Lord to forgive you and apply His Blood to your life. He is just and He forgives sin. After all, He loves you beyond your wildest imagination.
Once I Repent Am I Saved?
Repentance is part of God’s Plan of Salvation and is the beginning of what Peter and Paul referred to as obeying the Gospel. The word Gospel comes from the Greek Euaggelizo or Euaggelion and means to announce a good news or good message. II Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “ … The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” Understanding that the Gospel is the Good News, and further knowing that is to be both heard and obeyed, leads to the question, “How?” Peter summed it up nicely in the second chapter of the Book of Acts when he said “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). Salvation comes from obeying the Gospel. Repentance, while necessary, does not in and of itself fulfill the whole Gospel of Christ in your life. The Gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Consequently, obedience to the Gospel is to die out to sin (repent), be baptized in His name (burial) and receive His Spirit (resurrection). To obey the Gospel is to apply it to one’s life through repentance, baptism in Jesus name and the infilling of the Holy Ghost. To further understand the rest of God’s “Good News” please follow our links to baptism and the Holy Ghost.
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