Sunday, October 03, 2010

Confess and Repent

Some may say: "O well, just accept Jesus as your Saviour, and you're fine." Such people bring an incomplete Gospel, with confusion as a result. They have not studied God's word and present an effortless way of salvation, but not what Christ teaches.

Yes, salvation comes free and not by works, but by Grace and by faith in Jesus Christ. Nevertheless salvation needs to be maintained, which is not effortless. One needs to repent from a previous sinful lifestyle, habits etc.

Salvation is just the beginning of one's walk with God.

The Scripture teaches to WORK OUT our own salvation with fear and trembling. I am not saying that one has to earn his/her salvation.

Ours is the daily sacrifice of the sinful self on the cross of Christ. Romans 12:1

According to the dictionary, repent means:

1. be sorry: to recognize the wrong in something you have done and be sorry about it
2. change ways: to feel regret about a sin or past actions and change your ways or habits.
3. ask for forgiveness, be remorseful, atone.

Of course, with confession of sin comes repentance. Turning away from past sins and its temptations is unmistakably necessary. We cannot keep on repeating the same sin. Jesus Himself says to the adulterous women: "Go and sin no more." The word of God speaks for itself.

Luke 13:3...
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Acts 3:19...
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

1 Timothy 6:11b-12
and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

You are expected to respond to the Scriptures. Prayer alone is not enough, your walk and confession have to run parallel with your prayer.

For more detail on the subject see
Confess and Profess

In the service of the Master,

Minister dr. Trudy Veerman

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