BIBLE REPENTANCE: Feb 28, 2021
REPENT OF YOUR SINS TO BE SAVED How it effects the doctrines of Salvation, Eternal Security and Enduring To The End
THE WAY OF SALVATION
If you are reading this letter and you do not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, it is important for you to understand that you are a sinner, God in heaven is going to judge you, you will be found guilty of sin which is the transgression of God’s law and be punished for eternity in a lake of fire, with Satan, the one responsible for the sin and fall of mankind. The good news however is contained in the rest of this message. Please read it with a humble heart and desire for truth.
The way of salvation, or the way to heaven when one dies is not by anything we have done, can do or can do in the future. It is about who Jesus Christ is, what he has done and what he will do in the future. The bible says in Titus 3:5: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, came into the world, died, was buried and rose from the dead to pay the penalty for the sins of the world. That’s the mercy of God that saves a lost sinner who believes the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news, the word of God preserved in a book called the Holy Bible. Have you heard, have you read, do you believe?
To simplify “works of righteousness which we have done”, here is a short list of things God commands man to do and not to do: taking God’s name in vain, loving your neighbor, dishonouring parents, murder, stealing, adultery, envy, fraud, pride, impatience, wicked imaginations, love of money, cursing, malice, sowing discord, deceit, baptism, church membership, tithing…and the list goes on. In Luke 18:11,12 “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.” This is a man who believes in God and is trusting in his righteousness. I would dare to say he is saying “I have repented of my sins.” And if he is a really good Pharisee, he may have repented not in mind only but in word and deed. Is he saved? No! On the other hand the publican who did not claim to repent of his sins but trusted only in the mercy of God was justified: And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
Biblical repentance means to change your mind, which leads to a change of heart which leads to change in words and deeds. Many Bible teachers confuse the meaning of repent by not rightly dividing the word of truth and rightly defining words. They confusingly define repentance as both change of mind and sorrow for sins. God’s word rightly divides and defines sorrow and repentance in 2 Corinthians 7:10 as follows: “For godly sorrow WORKETH repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” I’m no expert but sorrow to me is an emotion and emotions are real. The emotion must fit the situation which is a lost sinner realizes they are without hope, unable to do anything but cry out: “And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me…” Luke 18:38-43
When a lost sinner hears the word of God it condemns them, they have no hope, they are dead in trespasses and sin, they have godly sorrow and they repent/believe on Jesus to save them. Those who have the sorrow of the world either repent of their sins and get religious, live a life of depression or commit suicide. Either way all of them are lost and without hope. A saved child of God, one who repented from unbelief to belief in Jesus will eventually piece together a personal salvation testimony which lines up with the Bible as follows: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God…Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin…He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God…For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord…For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death…And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:17, 3:20, John 3:18, Romans 6:23, 2 Corinthians 7:10, Acts 16:31, Romans 10:10. Believing on the Lord Jesus Christ is an act of repentance, repenting from the sin of unbelief to belief in Jesus.
Jesus told the Apostles in John 16: 8 that he would send the Holy Spirit into the world to ”…reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:…”. In verse 9, the Lord clarifies what sin: “Of sin, because they believe not on me;” Let that sink into your mind and your heart! What must a lost sinner do to be saved, what does the Bible say? Lets look at this work that is so special, so unique that it is not considered a work of self righteousness like the others as stated in Titus 3:5. In John 6:28,29 Jesus was asked and answered the following question: “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” Jesus makes it absolutely clear, the way of salvation is to believe on him, no more no less. Those of you who think this message is teaching saved people can go out and live like the devil are passing judgment to soon. The commandment to repent from sins, plural, and walk in the Spirit is to the church, saved born again believers. However for the lost who are without hope, dead in trespasses and sin God requires only one thing: “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” and also: “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;” Acts 16:31 and Romans 4:24.
Changing the mind from unbelief, “…with the heart…”, to belief in Jesus Christ is the most beautiful example of repentance one could find, it is a beautiful and marvelous work of the Holy Spirit. This cannot happen in a lost sinner who adds their own works of righteousness to the work of the Holy Spirit and the word of God. The Bible says: ”…God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” If one studies, honestly and humbly one could not find enough evidence to conclude repenting of self righteous deeds is God’s way of salvation for mankind. Also keep in mind that the commandment to believe on Jesus is a commandment to repent, repent of one sin and that is unbelief.
To conclude the Bible teaches two kinds of work(s) which lead to two kinds of righteousness. One is believing/trusting on Jesus Christ and his righteousness for salvation: John 6:29, 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 2 Thessalonians 1:11… The other is believing/trusting in self righteousness which moves God to anger resulting in condemnation.Titus 3:5, Ephesians 2:8,9, Romans 4:5… So now you have heard and read about the way of salvation according to the Bible! Will you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved? We hope and pray you will! “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3: 18.
ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER
If one believed/believes on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation and commits a sin(s) of works of righteousness, will God take away the gift of salvation?
If one is trusting in works of self righteousness, “repent of your sins to be saved”, for salvation it is clear they never got saved in the first place. God does not save a soul who depends on their own works of righteousness. Those who trust in their own works of righteousness would believe they could loose it because that’s what they are trusting in. Those who trust only in Jesus Christ and the Word of God are confident and sure they will never loose salvation and God will never take it away, according to the scriptures: …scriptures to follow…
ENDURING TO THE END
If one believed on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation and after a while does not believe, will God take away the gift of salvation?
This is a question that raises suspicion towards the one asking. At the end of the day only God knows who is saved and who is not. The best a church can do is to get a doctrinally sound salvation testimony of faith in Jesus Christ, works of righteousness and a humble spirit willing to repent of sin when confronted . If a person says they believed and now they don’t believe the church should treat them like an unbeliever who needs to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, according to the scriptures: ……..scriptures to follow…..
ON BREAK, MESSAGE WILL RESUME LATER!
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