Description: Many deceivers are in the world today saying that we do not have to repent to have eternal life in Christ. What does the Scripture say?
Brother Hicks Speaking: Hello brothers and sisters, today I want to talk to you about repentance unto life. There are many today that don’t believe God. They claim to believe God, but they say you do not have to repent to be saved, you don’t have to repent to have salvation. Nothing could be further from the truth. From the very beginning Jesus preached, “Repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). That was the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. To repent is first and foremost. Acts 17:30 says that God “commandeth all men every where to repent.” It is a command! You MUST repent to be saved.
Let’s look at Acts 11:18, “When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.”
Repentance unto life! You cannot have life, eternal life through Jesus Christ, without repentance. It is impossible. As long as you have sin and you do not repent you have the wages of sin which is death (Romans 6:23). You must have repentance unto life. If you haven’t repented of your sins you do not have eternal life. You simply do not.
2 Corinthians 7:10, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”
Many people have the sorrow of this world. They are sorry they got caught for their sins, they are sorry for the consequences of their sins, but they are not actually sorry for their sins. They don’t actually turn from their sins. That is what repentance is, you turn fully from sin. You do change your mind about it, but it is a change of mind that makes you turn from it. You don’t continue on in sin anymore. Proverbs 28:13 says that if we confess AND forsake our sin then we will receive mercy. You must have godly sorrow, and it says “godly sorrow worketh repentance TO salvation. It is not salvation then repentance, it is repentance to salvation. In Acts 11:18 it is “repentance UNTO life.” You do not get eternal life first and then repent. You can’t repent AFTER getting salvation, [rather] you must repent to get salvation.
There is no such thing as an unrepentant believer. The reason you do not repent is because you do not believe. So today I am pleading with you to repent, turn from all sin, and turn to Jesus Christ. Cease from sin today. Let the glorious grace of God come into your life. Let the blood of His Son cleanse you from all sin. Let the Holy Spirit regenerate you and make you a new creature in Christ. Do not let another day going by [where] you are living in your sins and deluding yourself, telling yourself that you are saved when you have not repented. Repent ye, and believe the gospel!