For salvation to occur, repentance is required.
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13: 3
Salvation, yasa in Hebrew means to save, help in distress, rescue, deliver, set free.
This includes salvation from eternal death and anything that a believer needs saving from.
In particular, salvation refers to being saved from sin.
Sin is defined as “transgression of God’s law.”
In other words, violation of the law of God as set out in both the conscience and the Bible.
To be saved from our sins we must repent. In the Greek language, this word is, Metanoeō which means to think differently, reconsider, and feel moral compunction. (That is to feel guilty for doing something wrong)
True Repentance, according to the scriptures has several steps or parts.
For repentance to occur in our life we must recognize our sins.
Romans 7: 7-25 tells us that God’s law shows us our sins. When we see that we have failed to live up to God’s expectations as put forth in our conscience and in the word of God, we need to, first of all, recognize we have sinned against God. If we lie to ourselves, disregard the scriptures, and hide our sins we will not prosper. Also, if we do not listen to God’s word, eventually our sins will find us out. They will be exposed. Sometimes publicly, to others.
People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy. Proverbs 28:13
But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the Lord, and be sure your sin will find you out. Numbers 32: 23
Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Luke 12:2
For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Luke 8:17
After we acknowledge our sin then we must confess our sin. That means owning up to our stuff. We can confess to God alone, or sometimes it is good to also confess to a friend we trust or a church leader we trust. This is so we can have prayer support.
Acknowledging our sins means taking accountability. We come to the realization that we messed up. The onus is on us, not the other guy. Even if they had a part in our sin. Our responsibility is to confess for our part in the matter.
In Psalm 32 David acknowledges his sin. That is he saw his sin for what it was. He recognized his failure to live up to God’s law. Then David said that he did not try to hide his sin. He looked at his failure well and called it for what it was. Breaking God’s law.
Many of us have failed to take a good look at our actions, our thoughts and our motives. We justify our sin.
“Well, you know they did such and such. They said such and such. I’m in the right. I had just a little slip.”
Failure to own up to our sins will cause us to reap many consequences. Some of us think we are going through trials because God is proving us or it’s appointed for us to suffer, when in actuality, we have unconfessed sin in our hearts and we are reaping the results of our sins!
Now I’m not saying there isn’t persecution for the righteous but trials we are going through many times are to deal with our stuff! Our bad attitudes, our justifications for wrong behavior, our slothful diligence in spiritual matters.
Jesus told us that Satan came to him but he couldn’t find anything in him to accuse him. That’s because Jesus had no sin.
I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world comes, and he has nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father commanded me, even so I do. Arise, let us go from here. John 14: 30,31
Peter went through the fire. His heart was exposed. Peter denied Jesus three times. He failed many times in his faith, but he repented and became a mighty man of God! (Matthew 16:22-23)
David Committed adultery, lied, and murdered, but he also repented, and God used him to write the beautiful Psalms. 2 Samuel 11, 12
David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 2 Samuel 12:13
Paul persecuted Christians and even sanctioned their death. (Acts 9)
Just about every Bible character found out through their trial what was in their heart.
Even righteous Job found out he was not so righteous because God challenged him about it. (Job chapter 39)
When our sin is revealed to the light by God then we need to own up to it.
We must recognize our sin as sin against God’s word, then we must confess our sin.
What does confess actually mean? In Hebrew yâdâh means to bemoan or be sorry for. That is having intense regret. To toss away as bad.
In Greek confess is homologeō which means to acknowledge, but also to make a promise not to do the wrong behavior again. The word actually means making a covenant agreement.
We agree with God that our sin is wrong. We agree we broke God’s law. We are sorry to the point of changing our behavior. Then we agree in a covenant or promise with God not to continue in that sin.
Some sins, however are so ingrained in us that we need supernatural divine intervention. Addictions are like that, but so are some cultural practices that differ from the word of God. Sometimes it’s our upbringing or training in violation of scriptures or our many years of thinking a certain way.
Whatever the sin issue is, if we acknowledge that it is against God’s word, if we are sorry, if we want to change then we can work with the Holy Spirit to bring down the strongholds of sin in our life.
Not everything is a quick deliverance fix. Some things need action from our decision and will. We then cooperate with Holy Spirit to be delivered entirely. This repentance fruit may take a process of time. It is up to us to make that first step.
Renouncing our sin makes the demonic powers who have had their hand in our sin somewhere know we mean business with God.
Renounced is apeipomēn in Greek. It means to disown or refuse to have a connection to.
In other words, stop the sin, disconnect from the sin, or any demonic powers associated with that sin.
Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” John 8: 10,11
Finally, we must bring forth fruits of repentance. This means that if we are genuinely repentant, our lives will begin to reflect it. We will walk in the light of the Lord. Then those old sins will not have a hold on us anymore.
Bring forth, therefore fruit worthy of repentance. Matthew 3:8
God’s blessings flow into our lives when we genuinely repent of our sins. The darkness will have no more control over us. Obedience to the word of God always brings blessings with it!
If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit. Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your food to the full and live securely in your land. Leviticus 26:3-10
If only you had paid attention to My commandments!
Then your well-being would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Isaiah 48:18
He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Luke 11:28