Conclusion on Repentance
Contrary to the Roman Catholic view, the performance of works is not a condition for salvation. The extreme Reformed view, in the final analysis, has no conditions for receiving the gift of salvation. And, in opposition to the view of many Churches of Christ, there are not four conditions for salvation (justification). Soterioloically, true faith and repentance are part of one and the same act; confession and baptism are results of (not conditions for) salvation. Those who truly believe will have the natural desire to openly confess Christ and follow His command to be baptized.
Not just baptized with water, but baptized with the Holy Spirit. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. Mark 1:8 Repentance of sins leads to being baptize with water. This baptism is an outward appearance of our wiliness to change our lives, a new way of thinking, and a conversion. This prepares us to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. This baptism is an inward manifestation that empowers us to resist the enemy. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Temptations come into every believer’s life—no one is exempt. Temptation is not sinful; the sin comes when the person gives in to temptation. Believers must not be shocked or discouraged, or think that they are alone in their shortcomings. Instead, they should realize their weaknesses and turn to God to resist the temptation.
God’s plan for our salvation (being SAVED) includes the obedience of repentance, which is a voluntary act (something we must do) turning away. His plan also includes us allowing the Holy Spirit to manifest within us (something we must do) staying in prayer and His Word. This leads us to live a saved life, which Jesus Christ died for without question.
Since saving faith is an act of trust in and obedience to Jesus Christ regarding the gospel, it is evident from its very essence that saving faith (which involves repentance) will naturally tend to produce good works—a nominal, noncommittal, purely intellectual-type faith will not. Therefore, whereas we are saved by faith alone, saving faith is not alone but is inclined to produce good works.
I pray that this study will bring you to a deeper understanding of your salvation in Christ. Far too often we try to understand Scripture without using Scripture. This has leaded us to a Christianity which will accept a faith without or before repentance.
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.
Once we are determined to live for Christ as a follower of Jesus no one has the ability to shake us from the covering of the HAND!