{Going to heaven or hell over the issue of repentance}

Good mornin to you,

Scripture teaches us that sincere regret, contrition, & remorse over sinning against God frequently leads to repentance in salvation, but those feelings aren’t “repentance” itself.

2 Corinthians 7

8 “For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.

9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”

Repentance in salvation is the actual change of your mind from not believing on Christ…
to believing on Christ as your sole justification before God.

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Here now is an example from scripture of someone having remorse over their sins and repenting of their sins, (and yet they were not saved).

Matthew 27:3-5

3 “Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.”

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Repentance in salvation isn’t a work, because you’re not “doing” anything.

Repentance in salvation is “the changing of your thinking” about believing exclusively on the risen Lord Jesus Christ to save you.

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Turning from sin is definitely a “work,” because it’s something that you proactively “do.” (And no one is saved by their works).

Jonah 3.10

“And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.”

Romans 4.5

“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

Romans 11.6

“And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”

Galatians 2:16 

“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.”

Galatians 3:26

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

Ephesians 2.8-9

8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

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To bring any of your works to God to be saved (repent “of your sins”), is to spit in the face of God.
It is to exalt your imagined, filthy, morality to the level of God’s sacrifice of His only begotten Son, the Lamb of God.
It is (to put it plainly) to regard Jesus’ suffering & death as insufficient to cleanse you of your sins.

God has to first freely justify someone apart from their filthy works (righteousness by the obedience of one, Romans 5.18-19)…
And then the regenerate saint does works that are pleasing to God.
(Which is the fruit of the Spirit that God does through a saint).

Get the order of things right, and everything’s good, you’ll go to heaven.

Get the order of things wrong…
And you’ll join Cain and Judas in hell.