"I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me." Galatians 2:20
Faith Alone Won’t Save You: Repent Before It’s Too Late!

Will a parachute save your life if you are 10,000 feet in the air and the airplane is about to go down? The answer is yes and no.

If you put on the parachute the right way, it will save your life. If you put on the parachute the wrong way, it will kill your life. The same way it is with our salvation in God. If we believe in the grace that God offers, then we will be saved. But if we believe in the grace that God never offered, we will not be saved.

And unfortunately, the devil wants to deceive the church today, so that those who want to enter heaven could actually be led astray. Jesus says even the elect. (Matthew 24:24)

Is It Enough Just to Believe?

And so may we look into our lives in this blog post to make sure we are walking on the path that God has called us to live. And so this is the question. Is repentance necessary for salvation?

If you grew up in the denomination that I grew up in, they will emphasize a lot of things about the grace of God. They will quote scriptures like Romans 10:9,

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

And praise God that is the word of God. But it is not the entirety of the word of God. Because if you look through the entire New Testament, you hear from Jesus, hear from John the Baptist, hear from Peter, they all preach this message. What is it?

When Jesus first opened His mouth and preached, He said, “Come and believe in me.”

Come and just claim to believe in Me and follow Me, accept Me into your heart. Did He say that? No, He didn’t. He says, repent for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand. John the Baptist said the same thing. And on the day of Pentecost when Peter preached a great sermon and people were cut to the heart.

Is Repentance Necessary?

How many sermons today you hear in the church actually cut to the heart, give you conviction to turn from your sin and turn to the living God? And that is what Peter did on the day of Pentecost. He says you repent and be baptized for the remission of sin.

Why is repentance necessary? Because Jesus says in Luke 5:32,

“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Repentance in the word metanoia, which means “change of your mind.” What does change your mind mean? It means that you know that your life in the past is wrong and you don’t want to live that life anymore.

There is No Salvation Without Repentance

This is such an important topic because, without repentance, there is no salvation. And this is why people oppose it the same way that the founder of the Salvation Army, General William Booth says that the danger in Christianity in the coming years is that there’s forgiveness without repentance.

Of course, people want to receive forgiveness from God, “God, please forgive me.” But they don’t want to change their lifestyle. They don’t want to repent.

But if you know that the bible says in Hebrews 5:9 that Jesus has become the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. If you don’t obey Jesus if you don’t obey God, and you don’t obey His words, it doesn’t matter how much you claim to believe in God, you don’t have salvation.

And this is why you go to Sunday service and you see people dozing off, sleeping when the preacher is talking about grace. It’s because they’re like, “Well why do I need the grace of God? I’m already forgiven. “There’s nothing I can do to lose it.”

All the while, so many people who go to church are trapped in their sin and their secret addictions. It’s a big pink elephant in the church that no one talks about. And yet people struggling whether it’s alcohol, lust, pornography, adultery, fornication, greed, lying, stealing, all these things that people need deliverance from in their lives. And no one is there to help them and they suffer in silence.

Confess Your Sins and Repent

And the thing you have to understand is that the bible promises that in order to be free, to be delivered from your old life and from your sins, you have to confess them and repent and turn away from them.

If you conceal them, you don’t talk about them, and you just act as if they’re nothing and that God will cover it anyway whether you change or not, then of course you’re going to be in bondage. You can’t receive the life that is from God. Peter said in Acts 3:19,

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.”

You have to repent in order for your sins to be blotted out. Acts 20:21, Paul says that we are to have repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. The same author who wrote Romans 10 says we are to confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts. But that’s not the only thing. In Acts 17:30 Paul says,

“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.”

And so as we look at the disciples of Jesus and the New Testament of how they preach the gospel. We hear that they call people to repentance, not just a simple “believe all come to Jesus, just believe Him, just accept Him.” There’s nothing like that in the new testament Church.

Does the Goodness of God Lead Us to Repentance?

And whenever we talk about repentance, inevitably, someone will say, “Oh, you know, don’t you just know that it’s the goodness of God that draws us to repentance?” Stop preaching works, stop preaching legalism. And so we’re gonna look at the scripture that people called about the goodness of God, and here it is.

“Do you despise the riches of His goodness forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?”

Romans 2:4

Hallelujah! It is the goodness of God that draws us to repentance. But do you know what is the next verse? People stop right there, just like so many bible verses. People stop there and make a doctrine out of it. It says in Romans 2:5,

“But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart, you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.”

(Romans 2:6-7) “Who will render to each one according to his deeds: eternal life to those who, by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality.”

(Romans 2:8) “But to those who are self seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath.”

Did you hear that? It is the goodness of God that draws us to repentance. Hallelujah! But there are many people who, because according to the hardness of their heart, their impenitent heart storing for themselves, treasuring up for themselves wrath.

May that not be you or me. Because Jesus says,

“Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

Luke 13:3

God Doesn’t Want Anyone to Perish

It is not the will of God for anyone to perish. But we have to understand. Without repentance, there is no salvation. Sometimes pastors talk about, “I don’t know why it’s hard to motivate people to come to church, come to bible studies, pray, serve God, and tell other people about their faith. I wonder if it is because of this reason. It is because they don’t even know they themselves are in need of a Savior.

And do you know why I know that? Because I was one of those persons until I start reading the bible, reading the word of God, confronting it, saying that these sort of things that Paul says the people who will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Go and read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.

“The unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”

And yet these are the sins and the patterns of lifestyle that so many “Christians” today keep on practicing. And I was one of them. But praise God for His mercy that He has delivered me. As I continue to walk with Him and I seek His face, He gives me victory. And His heart is to give you victory, give me victory, give the whole world victory through Jesus Christ and through His blood.

The question is, will you come to Him and receive it? And the only way to receive it is through repentance and say “God, I don’t want to live my old life anymore. I surrender myself wholeheartedly to You.” And this is something that you don’t just do one time. You do it every single day.

And so right now I want to give you a non-traditional altar call. You have to listen to this. I’m sure you’ve already gone to church and a lot of pastors and preachers have told you, just come to Jesus accept Him, believe that He died on the cross and then everything will be okay.

Repent Today

I’m not going to tell you that today, because that is only part of the truth. Let me tell you this. You cannot come to receive the grace of God until you do this one thing. It’s called repentance. Repentance means if you’ve been going east, you’re now going to go right. If you’ve been going south, you’re now going to go north. That your life will have a change that today you say, “God, I change. Today, I repent.”

And if that is something you decide to do, not just today, but every day of your life. There’s no need for me to ask you a prayer after me because Jesus never did that, Peter never did that, disciples never did that. He just says live with God and that’s what Jesus says, come follow Me through the disciples.

Today, the way that we follow God is every day, come to a secret place, and read the bible. Pray. If you can pray in tongues, pray in tongues. Pray to the Holy Spirit. Fellowship with God. Commune with Him, hear His heart, put on worship music as you seek Him, and follow Him. You will find that God, one after another, has been breaking off shackles of sin in your life. And you will start to experience the grace of God in your life. The true grace that God has offered is that those who repent of their sins love God, trust in Him. They’re the ones who are washed clean and will enter into the eternal kingdom.

Go ahead and share this with friends. Share the Gospel with people who need to hear it.

Until next time.

God bless you!

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