Good mornin to you. 😃 This article is written from a heart of love that only seeks to help people. I have no desire to insult or judge anyone. Because many people are just temporarily in error about this subject as I once was. (In many cases, this false doctrine is believed because of wording in corrupt bible versions).
I’ve already written an entire article that is solely about the meaning of repentance, so there’s no need to rehash that here. If you want to read it, just read my article that’s entitled “repentance.”
The phrase “repent of sins” isn’t in the bible, (KJV). But for the sake of discussion in this article, we’ll recognize that we’re talking about turning from sin.
Understand this: Sin repentance is law-keeping, (do this, and don’t do that). Every aspect of repentance of sins can be directly linked to obeying some aspect of the law. Which makes the following truth so vital to understand…”Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Gal. 2.16
Sin repentance, is the byproduct of having been saved. We don’t bring our efforts to the table when we believe on Christ. Some people are delivered from some sins immediately by God upon salvation, and that’s great. But our war against sin is a lifelong struggle, not a component of our justification. And our “sin repentance” occurs as an ebb and flow of our cooperation with the loving inner-prompting of God’s indwelling Spirit. NOT as a religious mandate, or religious coercion.
I’ve been in churches where they’ll flat out tell you that one must repent of sins as a necessary component of salvation. While I’ve been to other churches that will deny it, but in reality they believe it.
About the churches that deny it but believe it…The dead giveaway is this: You won’t hear being promoted… “rest in Christ’s finished work.” They’ll mock the true gospel as “easy believism.” Instead, the majority of preaching and doctrine will be focused on you measuring up. Christ is preached, but the focus is in reality on you. Both in bad performance, and in good performance.
Should we behave according to the leading of the Spirit, and should we be exhorted to live in a way that’s pleasing to God? Yes, of course.
But the vital distinction to understand is, Christ is our rightness with God. His perfection is our perfection. Our sin repentance has nothing to do with our being justified before God.
Our sin repentance is nothing to take any comfort in anyway; our sin repentance is a joke. We can clean up what we show people. But how many sins do we hide from public view? How many sins of the mind do we commit every day? They’re incalculable, you know it as well as I do.
But some say, “well you’ve got to at least try, or be willing to repent of your sins to be actually saved.”
Really? So now it’s Jesus’ atonement plus our efforts to try and act right to be saved? Do you see the folly of this way of thinking? It saves no one, and it marginalizes Jesus’ finished work as being insufficient to save us without our contribution to try and act right.
And we shouldn’t be going around judging who’s not saved anyway. I can show you some tie-wearin, long-dress wearin Christian looking cults whos behavioral standards are off the charts, but that doesn’t prove they’re saved. Anyone can discipline their behavior with enough peer pressure.
And I can show you a genuine born again Christian who struggles with addictions, and has all kinds of fleshly sins that are ongoing, (Just ask Paul, Romans 7.15-25).
So why go about trying to judge who’s not saved? Let God handle that. Yes there’s a new heart and new spirit in new spiritual birth, that’s absolutely 100% true, but our flesh isn’t born again.
If you want to know who’s saved, I’ll tell ya who’s saved…
It’s everyone who’s trusting ONLY in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ as the totality of their salvation.
That’s who’s saved.
And that’s fantastic is it not?!
Just rest my friend, rest in the finished work of Christ and be overjoyed about it. 😃
“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans 4.5
“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10.14