REPENTANCE TOWARDS FAITH
Hebrews 6:1-3 So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely, we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God. 2 You don’t need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And so, God willing, we will move forward to further understanding.
i. It’s essential to lay the foundation
ii. Once you lay the foundation don’t keep laying the foundation go on to complete the building.
THE SIX DOCTRINAL FOUNDATIONS FOR THE CHRISTIAN
1. Repentance from Dead Works.
2. Faith towards God.
3. Doctrine of Baptisms.
4. Laying on of Hands.
5. Resurrection of the Dead.
6. Eternal Judgment.
i. If you don’t have a vision that takes you beyond this life, and to eternity, your condition is pitiable and you will suffer many disappointments.
ii. because time is the fulfillment, the fulfillment comes in eternity.
1 Corinthians 15:19 NLT
And if our hope in Christ in only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.
REPENTANCE FROM DEAD WORKS
i. Are anything we do without Faith in God.
i. Is not an emotion, it is a decision? It doesn’t spring from the emotions its springs from the will.
ii. If we can reach peoples will and turn their will towards God we will see permanent conversions.
Until a will is turned, it cannot go through the test of time. Same way until a decision is made one cannot accept a responsibility to change.
There are two main languages of the Bible
1. Greek – The New Testament
2. Hebrew- The Old Testament
Each of the above languages has a specific word for repent
1. Repentance in Greek is Metanoeo. It means to change your mind, change the way you think.
2. Repentance in Hebrew is Teshuvah. It means To Turn Around ¬– in our context turn back to God
Faith comes only after repentance; hence the whole massages of the bible comes in this order;
i. repent and
There are a lot of people struggling for Faith, but the truth is they are not struggling for faith but they have never met the condition of repentance. Because it is the first of the SIX (6) foundational doctrines for the Christian faith and if you don’t have that foundation stone in place you building will always be unstable.
A true repented heart does not think about what he/she will benefit from a deed but how it will glorify Jesus.
Points For Reflection.
1. How do my thoughts and deeds glorify God?
2. Have I ever truly repented are am I still double minded in pleasing God?
Nature of Repentance
Luke 15:17-20 17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”‘ 20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.
i. He made a Decision
ii. And he turned back to the father
That’s how God is if we truly repent God will accept us with a joy.
Matt 27:3-5 3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and the elders. 4 “I have sinned,” he declared, “for I have betrayed an innocent man.” “What do we care?” they retorted. “That’s your problem.” 5 Then Judas threw the silver coins down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself.
i. This comes through remorse: Judas had remorse but never changed.
ii. People can in this life pass the point when it is impossible to change
iii. The most significant point in human life is when God start dealing with you to repent and if you decide not to respond at your own convenience, there is no guarantee that God will ever deal with you again.
The critical point in a human life the moment God tells you to repent
Despising the Grace Makes God Angry
Hebrew 12:14-17 Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. 15 Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. 16 Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birth right as the firstborn son for a single meal. 17 You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears.
1. Without holiness, no one can please God
2. From the passage, we have no record of Esau committing fornication but for despising his birthright for food, He was termed a fornicator.
3. Rom 9:13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
Without true repentance, there can never be true faith.
A decision of the will to turn away from self-pleasing and turn back to God saying God here I am tell me what to do and I will do it is true repentance
i. Repentance must go before faith
ii. There is no true faith without repentance
Repentance is the only way we can prepare for the Lord to come into our lives
Mal 3:1-4 “See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,
Mark 1:14-15 14 Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News.* 15 “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”
You cannot truly believe unless you first repent
The first command the came out of the mouth of Jesus was not believe but repent