Christians and sinners alike may recognize Jesus as the Savior, who died for the sins of this world. The misunderstanding is that those who profess him as Savior may not acknowledge him as Lord. Sinners may understand there need for salvation and some may even acknowledge it takes accepting Jesus as there personal Savior. The ability to make him Lord is as equally misunderstood by sinners and some professing Christians. God has clearly outlined the prerequisites in the Bible to attain eternal life. Repentance is the necessary requirement involved in receiving a true conversion experience from God.
Faith and Repentance: The Requirements for True Repentance
God says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and he rewards them that diligently seek him” (Heb. 11: 6). We must believe that God is creator of the universe and He alone metes out salvation. Much of what is called salvation or the conversion experience in our time is not what Jesus or the Apostles proclaimed or taught. Simply acknowledging the Lord Jesus Christ is not enough to save us from eternal damnation, nor grant us eternal life. Merely placing our name on the church roll to say we have membership is just not enough for God to grant us access into eternity. We must have a change of mind, along with a change of heart towards God. In able for us to acquire the gift of salvation we must first realize that Jesus is God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made” (Jhn 1”1, 3). Grudem states, “Anyone who comes to Christ for salvation must have at least a basic understanding of who Christ is and how he meets our needs for salvation” (p. 694). What Repentance Is Not
God instructions are clear and precise regarding salvation. Man must understand that God’s way is greater and our belief system should align with the Bible. God revelation to man in commanding him to repent for sin was reiterated over sixty six times in the bible. God knows that man has a tendency toward disobedience and is inclined toward going his own way. Scripture tells us, “There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end is the ways of death” (Pr. 14:12). Repentance is not the act of feeling bad about what one has done and the sins that have been committed. It is also not rationalizing wrong to justify our actions. Repentance is not to be used as a bargaining chip to manipulate or coerce God to do our will. It is not a tool that can be used to make ourselves more appealing to get God to act or work on our behalf. Many sinners today are being told to merely ask the Lord into their hearts and salvation will be the final result. Romans chapter ten is quoted as the standard for receiving salvation, whosoever “believes on the Lord Jesus Christ” will be saved. It appears that all is required is to simply mouth a coached prayer by a minister or another Christian and all your worries are over. Yet the bible tells a different story. God requires true repentance, which is a godly sorrow for one’s sins in order to be saved. Repentance Equals Conversion
True repentance actually contains three separate parts or three different ideas in order to bring about true conversion. The dictionary defines the word as, “repent is to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life, to feel regret or contrition, to change one's mind”(Miriam-Webster). We might consider it as the Holy Spirit touching the intellect according to Evans and Coder, (1988), p. 140, said, “It is thought of as a revolution touching our attitude, and views, toward sin and righteousness”. Repentance is godly sorrow for the sins that one has committed toward God. The Holy Spirit initiates the process on our behalf. “As touching the emotions, it is to cause one...