Salvation is after repentance
What is ‘repentance’? We covered this in depth last week (see last week’s teaching), but I want to expound on it. Does it mean sorry —desperately sorry, perhaps —for what we have done? That is remorse, and it is a commendable feeling, but it is not repentance. Most of us are sorry about consequences of our sin: the punishment, the damaged relationships, the recriminations and the scandal. Repentance, as a schoolboy once said, is being sorry enough to stop. Martin Luther put it slightly more theologically: ‘the truest repentance is to do it no more’. A well-known evangelist used to make his appeal at the end of a meeting in these terms: ‘Don’t come out to the front to accept the Savior unless you’re prepared to leave your sins on your seat.
That is what repentance is all about: being willing to let our sins go. It shows we really want to be saved. What is quite impossible is to have our sins and have salvation. The two are mutually exclusive.
Take a moment to meditate on these verses and see it God speaks to you.
Biblical Accounts of Sin!
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Have you forgiven or do you need forgiving?
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. Have you allowed Jesus to remove your sin?
14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. Are things getting worse? You still sinning? Yes you!
7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Are you still pointing the finger, instead of dealing with you own sin?
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. Who is really your master?
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? It’s not even about you! Are you stopping God’s work from manifesting because you won’t deal with the sin?