So Great A Salvation
Part 6 – Repentance
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.” Philippians 2:12-13
This “working hard to show the results of your salvation” involves four things: Repentance, Faith, Perseverance and Discipline.
Repentance is a voluntary change in mind, in which the person turns from a life of sin to living a life of righteousness. This is done in three spheres:
- Mind (Intellect) – recognition of personal sinfulness and guilt before God (Psalm 51:3; Romans 3:20)
- Emotional (Heart) – genuine sorrow for sin – Godly sorrow… leads to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:8-10)
- Will – decision to turn from sin, self-pleasing and self-centredness to God.
The importance of repentance was central to the teaching of:
- Jesus (Matthew 4:17; Mark 1:15);
- John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-2)
- Apostles (Acts 2:38; 20:21).
Repentance was commanded by God (Acts 17:30). It was God’s will that all people should repent (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4)
Next week in this series, we look at the role of faith in the life of the Christian Disciple