I’ve been thinking, odd I know, Evan thinking, outrageous! 😉 yes indeed turning to Christ involves true repentance and faith (trust).
These however are not to be thought of as two separate things. They are really two sides to the same coin. You find out how despicable, corrupt, and hopeless you are before an all holy God, realize the true nature of sin (pure evil, disobedience, resulting in death), how God hates it, will indeed punish it, the Lord Jesus Christ being the sole, only means of reconciliation to the Blameless Father.
We turn from this corrupt world, its ways, its lusts, its pleasures, its “ruler” (satan himself) and follow instead the true Lord, God, Ruler and King, believing His ways better than ours and this fallen-worlds. Trusting in His sacrifice as our only means of redemption.
I just get nervous in thinking or portraying it to be a “two-part system.” You can’t have repentance without faith, and you cannot have faith without repentance. They are married in the miracle of rebirth: moving from death to life.
Further, it is by God’s grace, power, and mercy alone we repent. Our flesh can do, and does nothing!
And further further, repentance and faith are not a “one time deal.” We live as believers in the Only Risen Lord Jesus Christ by constant faith (trust) and continual repentance. We sin (we sadly do still even as we are actively undergoing sanctification), it is revealed to us something by the Spirit that dishonors the Lord. We come before the Lord confessing our sin, asking forgiveness, trusting the absolute grace and mercy of the Savior.
No, “well I’m glad I got that whole faith and repentance thing out of the way.” Our lives are to be constant growth in the Lamb, constant dependence, constant focus, constant trust, constant communion. We live in and from grace-to-grace, growing, learning, and following daily.
In the end ALL glory, honor, praise, power, and authority are the Lord’s and His alone!
Sigh *wipes-brow. I’m happy I got that off my chest lol. I pray you all have a fantastic weekend: the Lord bless, strengthen, and keep you brothers and sisters!
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:8-10).
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. Test and prove what pleases the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8-10).
“The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you–they are full of the Spirit and life” (John 6:63).
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar, and His word is not in us” (1John1:8-10).