What is Repentance?
Some would say it is “to turn” but toward what. Without an encounter with Christ I find many who just continue to turn. The power of repentance is not the confession and we will talk more about confession later but in the beholding of Christ. Christ isn’t looking for you to confess all you sins at salvation but He desires you to confess the one sin and that’s your unbelief. That is the one sin that keeps the blood and grace of God from empowering us to overcome our sins. Sin as defined by Paul is anything that is not faith. In other word forgiveness comes when you know you’re forgiven! I am not repenting to be forgiven but I am repenting (beholding) to believe I am forgiven.
John the Baptist said “here comes the Lamb of God who will wash away the sins of the BELIEVES no the WORLD.”
He has washed the sins of the world away. So are you telling me that God is pleased with self-righteous rebellious state? No! Without faith it is impossible to please God. The only thing that is going to make an unbelieving world believe is the goodness of God that leads people to behold Him. It the signs and wonders that point to a loving savior that will remove the heart of stone. God’s wrath in not set toward men but men’s sin that separates them from a loving God.
That’s why the cross is the measuring stick of God’s love. Yes God does love the world but it’s the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life that makes us enemies of God in our minds through wicked works. We need greater manifest works of God’s love presented to a dying world. They need to see the Jesus we proclaim but does your life display a transformed heart?