Key passage: Luke 24:44-49
Supporting Scripture: Isaiah 55:6-7 | Matthew 3:1-2 | Matthew 4:17 | Luke 5:32 | John 3:16 | Acts 2:38 | Acts 16:25-34 | Romans 7:15 | Romans 8:29 | 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 | 2 Corinthians 7:9-10 | Ephesians 2:8-10 | Colossians 3:8 | 2 Peter 3:9 | 1 John 1:7-9 | Revelation 2:5
Many of us have found ourselves repeatedly confessing the same sin to God, wondering why we can’t overcome it.
God forgives the sins we confess, but merely confessing won’t bring us victory. What’s missing? Genuine repentance.
Jesus told His apostles to proclaim repentance for the forgiveness of their sins in His name and to all nations. This was not the first time the message of repentance had been shared.
- John the Baptist began his ministry with the words, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
- In Matthew, Jesus repeated the same message.
Peter told the people to repent and be baptized.
- Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “You were made sorrowful to the point of repentance.”
- In Revelation, Christ admonished the church in Ephesus to repent.
What is repentance?
Repentance is heartfelt sorrow for sin followed by the renouncing of sin with sincere commitment to forsake it and walk in obedience to Christ.
Repentance is essential for believers.
God has predestined us to be conformed to His Son’s image. Ignoring or accepting sin not only offends God, but also hurts us.
Repentance is essential for salvation.
God made the way of salvation simple, yet there is so much confusion about it. Salvation is by faith and not works, but we need to clarify this. Saving faith includes an acknowledgement that Jesus is the Son of God who died for our sins, as well as the recognition of our sinfulness.
Repentance results in a changed life.
Although we don’t understand all that’s involved at that moment, the Holy Spirit works within us to convict us of sin, draw us to repentance, and guide us on a new path.
We are not perfect, but we are responsible for what we do.
After our salvation, we should desire to please the Lord and do the good works He has planned for us. If we are genuinely saved, we will never be happy or satisfied living in sin because we now have a new nature through the Holy Spirit who indwells us.
What does confession mean?
Confession means to agree with God that what we did was wrong. But that alone will not keep us from repeating it. That’s why repentance should always be a part of confession.
When we genuinely and prayerfully repent of our sins, we can overcome them, break the cycle of sin, and begin life anew.