Repentance is far different from being sorry or confession time when we list our sins. We are still blind when we only confess. When we pray a sinners prayer some falsely think they are saved. God hasn’t revealed the truth to most who repeat a prayer. They are still blind. They’re given a false sense of security.
But when God calls us out of darkness, reveals our depravity to us, and transforms our heart of stone to flesh than we truly repent and are born again. Old things pass away, the new life comes. We have a new life. This is a life dependent upon Him. God is glorified.
“The sinner cannot quicken his own soul, but he is to use the means of grace;
The believer cannot sanctify himself, but he is to lay aside every weight and hindrance.
We cannot convert our relatives and friends, but we should instruct, warn and invite them.” – M. Henry
“We are not the object of our own faith. Christ is!” Soli Deo Gloria
“We are often tempted to confuse feeling sorry or confession with repentance.
Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting are essential to true Christianity.
Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish.” J.C. Ryle
This is why many return to prison or fear leaving; there has been no true repentance, transformation or one being born again. They’ve just been going through the actions, motions, playing the part and relying on their own strength and not upon Christ Jesus.
In our Sunday Worship service’s and weekly Bible studies we have the opportunity to teach the Gospel. We do not have alter calls or ask them to repeat a sinners prayers. One reason is; this isn’t Biblical. Jesus never did it. He called people to follow Him, believe Who He was and repent. We are to be born again and this only is done by a spiritual act of the Holy Spirit.
“A man must first recognize and consider what his sin is, and know the plague of his heart before he can be duly humbled for it. ” -T. Watson
2 Timothy 2:25 & 26 God grants repentance…leading to knowledge of the truth.
2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
“You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you shall ask of the Father in My Name, He may give it to you” (John 15:16).
“For having been drawn to Him , a Living Stone, indeed rejected by men, but elect, precious with God…” (1 Peter 2:4).
“As it is written: There is none righteous, no not one; there is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. They are all gone out of the way, they have together become unprofitable, there is none that does good, no, not one” (Romans 3:10-12).
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
“But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love with which He loved us (even when we were dead in sins) has made us alive together with Christ (by grace you are saved), and has raised us up together and made us sit together in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God m ” (Ephesians 2:4-8).
“A man must first recognize and consider what his sin is, and know the plague of his heart before he can be duly humbled for it. ”
“Repentance is a grace of God’s Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed.” ~ Thomas Watson
Faith and repentance have brought us salvation, the greatest gift of all. The gift of salvation gives us God’s presence in our life, the gift of Jesus’ daily guidance and the blessing of the Holy Spirit. This means we are given peace amidst our storms, struggles and fallen world. Christ Jesus is our Joy everlasting, our Hope for the future of things to come and our everlasting peace and eternal life.
May you be blessed this season, and all year, with His joy, hope and peace. To God be all the glory.
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