why do we need to repent of our sins
Could you please explain how if we are saved by grace that we need to repent. Isn't repentance a work? Repent is the first word of the gospel, but I am struggling with how the two compliment or coincide with each other. Thanks. Scripture is clear that we are saved by faith and faith alone. A careful examination of New Testament passages reveals that at least
and nothing more. If repentance and baptism are so essential for one to have eternal life, why are they not included more often? Repentance is mentioned only once in Acts 2:38 and baptism is mentioned four times. A careful study of the passages reveal that when repentance and baptism do appear they are mentioned as things that accompany true salvation. For example in 2 Corinthians 7:10, repentance leads one to salvation, but it is not something that earns one salvation or eternal life. For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. 2 Cor. 7:10 (NASB) Here we are told that repentance provides sorrow or regret. In response, the person will seek forgiveness from God and it will eventually result in salvation. Repentance is not a work but it is part of saving faith. Since Jesus Christ died to forgive our sins (1 Cor. 15:3), it is contradictory to think that God would forgive anyone who was content and at peace with their sins and unrepentant. That was Jesus message in the parable of the tax collector and the Pharisee. In that parable Jesus contrasted a religious leader, a Pharisee, who thought he was a godly man and ready for heaven with a tax-collector who was mourning his sin and begging God for mercy (Luke 18:9-14). The tax-collector was in sorrow and repentant. Jesus went on to say that the tax-collector was justified or forgiven because of his attitude but not the religious leader. Two other passages that mention repentance are Romans 2:4-5 and 2 Timothy 2:25. Both passages reveal that repentance is necessary in order to bring a person to truth.
God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Tim. 2:25 (NASB) The four passages that mention baptism in conjunction with salvation, especially Acts 2;38, have been singled out by some claiming that one must be baptized in order to be saved. that baptism is a symbolic act that declares that one is repentant and has given their life to Jesus Christ. If baptism was essential why is it hardly ever mentioned in connection with salvation? The answer is that it is not essential. It simply reflects a heart of obedience that says, I have believed in Jesus Christ. Repentance is a response of the heart, a response of sorrow that leads one to salvation. One who really sees themselves as sinners needing God s forgives is going to be overwhelmed with sorrow and repentance just like the tax-collector. That will lead them to seek forgiveness from God Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). That is an act of faith where they believe that He will forgive their sins. Baptism is an act of obedience that comes after saving faith that screams to the world, I have believed in Jesus Christ. Neither repentance nor baptism saves a person. One comes before faith and the other follows faith. Iвm enjoying reading Joe Thornвs at the moment. It is not just gospel that we need to preach to ourselves, but law and gospel. the believer [cannot] grow in grace apart from the preaching of both law and gospel. What does he mean? Well we preachВ law to ourselves in the sense that law is Godвs revealed will and standard of righteousness Essentially, the law shows us three things: it shows us whatвs right, whatвs wrong, and whatвs needed. In preaching the law to ourselves we see and admire Godвs will and way, while exposing and confessing our sinfulness. This leads us toward the gospel where we find our only hope of redemption and restoration. Preaching the law to ourselves breaks our pride, leads to humility, and calls us to cry out to God and depend on his mercy.
And as we do so we find that it drives us to the gospel and to Christ himself. We find our only hope in him because he alone is our righteousness, our forgiveness and our victory and so as we preach law and expose our own sinfulness so we cling ever more tightly to him. If Christians are forgiven should we confess our sins? Once we understand that we confess our sins not to secure our justification but as a means to sanctification the answer has to be a вyesв. The aim in confession for the Christian is not the desperate seeking out of every sin as a form of penance. В But secure in our standing before God it is a means to holiness as we continue to preach law and gospel to ourselves. So we confess because Jesus tells us to confess our sins regularly. The Lordвs prayer is our pattern for prayer. Jesus introduces it by saying to his disciples в This then is how you should prayв Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation. So a crucial aspect of the Christian life calls on us to ask Godвs forgiveness for our continued sin and to seek his enabling power not to sin. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. We donвt just confess our sins вonce for all timeв The present tense of the verb calls for an on-going practise of confessing rather than a once and for all. Colin Kruse notes in his commentary how authentic Christian living involves в honest and ongoing acknowledgement of oneвs sins. Confessing sins needs to be specific David Jackman in the It is important here to notice the plural, sins, which implies a detailed and specific confession of our wrong thoughts, words, actions and attitudes. It includes the good which we omit, as well as the evil which we do. Confession of that sort is of course really repentance. It is identifying what is wrong (sin) and who is responsible (us) and asking God in his mercy and grace to deal with both, through the work of Christ.
A true confession of sin asks for and anticipates forgiveness The Christian who is in a secure relationship with God through Christвs perfect life and death for us can confess humbly yet confidently because we know that В в God is faithful and justв Faithful, Jackman says in that в he will carry through on his commitment to forgive and purify those who confess their sins Just in that God is acting rightly in forgiving the guilty because we are those whoвs sins have been punished through the death of his sins. Why is it important to confess our sins? в There are many warnings in Scripture about the danger of concealing our sins. And many promises of blessing if we confess them. в в Moreover, what is required is not a general confession of sin but a particular confession of our sins, as we deliberately call them to mind, confess and forsake them (cf. Ps. 32:1-5; Pr. 28:13) The deepness and consistency of your repenting will have a direct impact on the liveliness of your faith and the brightness of your confidence. This is not because you repent so well, but because in repenting you know the darkness and trouble of your own sin, and the great work of grace in Jesus that overcomes it all. What might it mean for you to confess your sins? It means making the time to preach the law to yourself so that you know Godвs will in every area of life. It means you need to examine your life It means seeking out sins youвve committed in breach of Godвs law where you have done what you ought not to have done. It means seeking out sins of omission, those very things we have failed to do that we ought to have done. It means being specific. It means looking at all of life. Church, family, work, as well as our relationship with God. It means a true repentance. Not just saying sorry but seeking Godвs transforming grace to change. What is the result of confessing your sin? Quite simply the daily recognition that I need Jesus more
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