Repentance is a turning away from faith in either myself or something else e.g. the world, and turning toward God; placing my faith in Him. God gives to each the gift of faith, it’s a matter of where or in whom we place it. Without this turn around or repentance we have not exercised our faith toward God. This is really a change in our belief. Think about it. Branches that at one time were in the Olive tree Romans 11, were cut off for what reason? Paul says unbelief, but unbelief in what? These Jews refused to believe Jesus, but it goes deeper they refused to believe their own scriptures (they refused to believe the Holy Spirit), and thus were cut off.
We are grafted in why? Because of our own belief in Messiah. So Paul makes it clear that men (I use men generically) are added to God’s chosen or elect based on their believing Him or not. So what did Jesus mean when He said “the gate is narrow and the way is straight that leads to eternal life and few there be that find it”? Jesus also said that He is the “way”. Why do you think that early believers were called people of the way, before they were called Christians? It is without question that I can do nothing to pay for my sin except to spend my sentence in Hell and then I still have not earned eternity with God. Jesus paid it all. Faith in His finished work alone will gain me entrance through the gate, and trust in Him alone through life’s journey will keep me on the way.
Jesus said if you abide in me you will bear fruit. What does He say about those who don’t? Listen: John 15:1-2, 4 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
Is what Paul teaches about the Olive tree different? Listen:
Romans 11:19-21 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either.
Paul actually agrees with Jesus wholeheartedly concerning the nature of Salvation.
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. What if we begin at some point to reject His leading and decide to go off on our own and begin to produce fake fruit? Would that action not be the abandonment of the straight and narrow way that will led to eternal life?
Hear are some verses on repentance. Verses that when considered make our turn around a necessary part of God’s provision for our salvation.
Repentance what is it?
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.
with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,
2 Timothy 2:25
For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
2 Corinthians 7:10
Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,
Repentance Paul says in 2 Corinthians 7:10 leads to salvation. So no matter what anyone tells you you must repent, or change your mind, concerning the truth of the gospel. Repentance is a turning away from the flesh. Away from a confidence in flesh or men or governments or religion, an turning to a life in the Spirit, in Him (Christ Jesus).
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