The Salvation Equation

A (Your Part)  +  B (God’s Part)  =  C (Eternal Life)


3. Repentance FOR Forgiveness of Sins



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Repentance FOR Forgiveness

Well, there you have it … the two Biblical parts “A” & “B” to obtaining “C” (eternal life) in the Salvation Equation.  Pretty cool, huh?  And it’s real easy to understand, right?  So here’s how the equation works: If you do NOT do “A” (your part) which is to “repent of sin” by willingly striving to live each day by God’s 10 Love Commandments, then you will NOT receive “B” (God’s part) which is to “forgive your sins,” and thus, you will NOT obtain “C” (eternal life).  But on the other hand, if you DO willingly choose to do “A” (repent of your sins) you WILL receive “B” (forgiveness for your sins) and thus, you WILL obtain “C” (eternal life).  The Bible has a simple way of saying this — “(Your) Repentance FOR (God’s) Forgiveness of Sins”.

Did you notice the word “FOR” in the phrase?  It means this … a person must repent of their sins in order to receive the “forgiveness for sins” God made available to them through Christ Jesus, and thus eternal life.  But remember, repentance is NOT just some one time decision!  It is a continual lifestyle of fighting and conquering sin in one’s own life (which means to live by God’s 10 Love Commandments).  Here now are some verses where the Bible confirms “repentance” AND “forgiveness of sins” are the two necessary components of salvation, with special emphasis on the fact that REPENTANCE is OUR DUTY in obtaining salvation (eternal life).

“Repent, and turn yourselves from ALL your transgressions (sins); so iniquity shall not be your ruin … make you a new heart and a new spirit” (Ezekiel 18:30-31)

“They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Mark 2:17)

“And they (disciples) went out, and preached that men should repent” (Mark 6:12)

“And he (John the Baptist) came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance FOR the remission (forgiveness) of sins” (Luke 3:3)

“Except ye repent, ye shall ALL likewise perish” (Luke 13:3)

“Likewise, I say unto you there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15:10)

“And that repentance AND remission (forgiveness) of sins should be preached in his name among all nations” (Luke 24:47)

“Repent … FOR the remission (forgiveness) of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38)

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, THAT your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19)

“Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God … (He) commandeth all men every where to repent: Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world” (Acts 17:29-31)

“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they MAY receive forgiveness of sins … they should repent and turn to God” (Acts 26:18-20)

“The Lord is … not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9)

 

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