By: Robert Serreyn
Question? I have heard many preachers from different churches say that in order to be saved a person MUST repent of their sins. Is that true?
Answer: Depending on the context, and the verse, the word,REPENT, can have different meanings.
Those that preach you must repent of your sins, usually, mean you must turn from sin, or be sorry for sin, which is NEVER the case when it comes to salvation.
To say you must turn from, or be sorry for sin, is to add works to salvation, and make a person do something that God NEVER made as a CONDITION to be saved.
The word, repent, in the greek, when in reference to any verse dealing with salvation, is the word METANOIA which means CHANGE OF MIND.
God wants us to Change Our Mind from what we once thought gave us eternal life, to believe, trust alone, in his way of getting eternal life, which is ONLY through believing, personally, that Jesus Christ went to the cross, and shed his blood as the complete payment for our sins.
The ABC’s Of Salvation:
A. Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8
B. Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:24
C. BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4,
“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell & the lake of fire); but the GIFT of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
IT IS THAT SIMPLE – THE GOSPEL TRUTH