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Repentance and Salvation

Repentance and Salvation

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This document uses the Bible to prove what true repentance is, and how it brings about true Bible Salvation.
This document uses the Bible to prove what true repentance is, and how it brings about true Bible Salvation.

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CONDITIONS FOR SALVATION.The mission of Christ was “to save his people from their sins” (
Matt. 1:21
). We haveseen that man is universally lost in sin, but that a way of restoration to holiness has been provided through Jesus Christ, and that it rests upon his atonement. But thus far our attention has been directed mainly to the divine side: there is also a human side to therealization of redemption blessings. Man was not lost unconditionally; thereforeredemption is not unconditional. As man was originally a responsible agent under law,which he voluntarily transgressed; so also the plan of restoration is made to agree withhis responsible agency, so that he must of his own volition accept the law of Christ if hedesires to receive the benefits of the atonement.It is the uniform testimony of the New Testament that salvation is a matter of individualchoice. All its offers and promises are addressed to the individual himself for decision,and all the blame for its neglect or rejection is laid upon him. “Come unto me, all ye thatlabor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” are the words of the Savior (
). “If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink” (
John 7:37
). “Behold, Istand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him” (
Rev. 3:20
). “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (
Rev. 22:17
).“Ye mill not come to me, that ye might have life” (
John 5:40
). “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem‘how often would I have gathered thy children together..., and ye would not! Behold,your house is left unto you desolate” (
Matt. 23:37, 38
). “How shall we escape if weneglect so great salvation?” (
).Salvation is the most important subject in the world. It should concern every one of us,for without it our souls will be lost through a never ending eternity. And since it is offeredto man conditionally, how important it is that we understand these conditions in order thatwe may approach God in an acceptable manner and receive this greatest of gifts!A SPIRITUAL AWAKENING.Sin produces spiritual death to the soul. “Your sins have separated between you and your God” (
Isa. 59:2
), and this separation is represented as death (
Eph. 2: 1; Col. 2:13; 1Tim. 5:6
, ete). Men become “hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb. 3: 13).“Even their mind and conscience is defiled” (
Tit. 1:15
). They sink into the darkness of asinful night, until, in many cases, there seems to be “no fear of God before their eyes,” or until they appear to lose all consciousness of “the exceeding sinfulness of sin.” How sad!Yet it is true, nevertheless, that many reach the state where sin does not appear to them sovery bad, and righteousness s does not appear very good. Their standard of conduct is notdetermined by God’s revealed law, but is regulated wholly by the terms of humanexpediency. If they can succeed in keeping at least a fair reputation among men, or inconforming to the general standard of conduct observed in the particular circle of societyin which they move, they seem entirely satisfied; as though there were no God in heavenwho takes account of their sinful actions, thoughts, and desires. Such people must become awakened now from their sleep of sin, or else ere long the thunders of judgmentwill arouse the stupid soul when too late. “AWAKE to righteousness, and sin not” (
1 Cor.
). The true preaching of the gospel of Christ is designed to produce this desiredeffect. “For the word of God is quick and powerful, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, andis a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that isnot manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him withwhom we have to do” (
Heb. 4:12, 13
). When an individual becomes awakened to the factthat the law of Christ is laid upon the soul itself, so that even its secret purposes of evilare recorded against him in the book of God, and that for all such evil intentions, as wellas sinful acts committed, he must suffer the pangs of torment— the guilt, the remorse, thehorrors of hell itself—he will then realize what an awful thing sin really is in God’s sight.DESIRE AND DECISION.The individual thus aroused as to the condemnation resting upon his guilty soul is in agood condition to cry, as did the jailer, “What must I do to be saved? “ (
Acts 16:30
). Hemust desire salvation in order to obtain it, and he must decide to pay the Bible price, inthe way of meeting the required conditions as set forth in the Bible. Mere knowledge of the nature and extent of sin is not sufficient; there must be in the soul genuineGODLY SORROW.The sinner must give up the love of sin, despise s in because God does, and feel keenly asense of sorrow for all the sins he has committed, “for godly sorrow worketh repentanceto salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death” (
2 Cor. 7:10
). Here godly sorrow is contrasted with the “sorrow of the world.” Under certainconditions men guilty of sin feel very sorry, but it is when they are caught in their sinsand are about to suffer the just consequences of their wrong doing. Thus, the robber sentenced to imprisonment may weep, yet if he were free and knew that he could committhe same deed again without being found out, he would do so. This kind of sorrow doesnot produce heart repentance. But godly sorrow does not proceed from human exposureof wrong conduct, but is an internal realization of the soul’s guilt in the sight of Godaccompanied by a deep sense of regret for the wrongs committed. This kind of sorrowworkethREPENTANCE.The term “repentance” includes also a sense of personal guilt, of grief over sin, hatredtoward it, and a resolute turning from it; hence all the conditions of salvation may properly be termed the way of repentance. But the most prominent idea is that of theforsaking of sin “Repent ye therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out”(
Acts 3:19
). “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: andlet him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for hewill abundantly pardon” (
Isa. 55:7
). This includes evil habits of every description, nomatter of how long standing, as the drinking of intoxicants and lustful indulgences of amore secret nature. All unnatural, filthy, and evil habits must be utterly forsaken; thenGod will deliver the individual from their power. People who think that they have
received the divine favor without the forsaking of their sins, are deceived. It does notmatter if they have prayed every day and asked for forgiveness, they are not saved whilecontinuing to do the works of sin; and unless they come to the point where they actuallyturn from every wrong, and are saved from the past, they will be lost in hell with all of the non professing sinners. Listen to the Word: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lordwill not hear me” (
Psa. 66:18
). If we excuse sin in our hearts and lives and expect tocontinue in it, we may pray as long as we live, but God will pay no attention to our  prayers. In
Mal. 2:13
we read of some people who were “covering the altar of the Lordwith tears, with weeping, and with crying out,” and still he would not regard them, for their hearts were not right. But the “broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart”— thetruly penitent heart—God will not despise (
Psa. 51:17
). When men become so broken inspirit that the hot tears of remorse and sorrow flow freely, when they realize their lost andundone condition without Christ, then there is hope for them in God. Bless his name!CONFESSION.But confession also is required. “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whosoconfesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (
Prov. 28:13
). Many people trembleunder the Holy Ghost preaching of the Word and realize their lost condition in sin, but areunwilling to confess their sins as the Bible requires. But to whom must confession bemade? First, to the Lord. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins” (
1 John 1:9
). Why should confession be made to him? Does he not know all aboutus before we confess? Yes, he understands us altogether. But here is one reason: God hass et his own standard of right and wrong, thus defining sin; but sinful men set their ownstandards and attempt to justify themselves accordingly. Often we find people who areliving in open violation of God’s Word on some point, and yet they excuse themselves,affirming that their conscience does not condemn them, etc. Now, if such people seek for salvation from God, while setting their own standard as to what constitutes sin, God willnever hear them. They must acknowledge the standard God has set. For example, some people possess a violent temper and frequently manifest it in outbursts of anger. Now, if such a one excuses these acts as not sinful, he can not obtain salvation, for such God hasdeclared to be sinful, and he says, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger…be put awayfrom you, with all malice” (
Eph. 4:31
). If this person hopes for Bible salvation, he mustconfess his sins as sins— on this line as well as on other lines. He must come to thedivine standard. In the second place, confession must be made to men when our sinsinvolve them. This requirement is like bitter medicine to some who have been doing thedark deeds of Satan by wronging their fellow men, and who are willing to acknowledgethese to the proper parties. As the object of confession of sins to God is that we may bereconciled to him, so also the object of confession to people whom we have wronged isthat a perfect reconciliation may be effected. God requires us, as say the Scriptures; “tohave always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men” (
Acts 24:16
).Such confession is plainly taught by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought againstthee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift” (
Matt. 5: 23, 24
). While this language is basedon the ceremonies of the law, it contains, nevertheless, a principle that no change of 

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