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Repentance and Faith

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"Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ,

let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation

of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,

of the doctrine of immersions, of laying on of hands,

of resurrection of the dead and of eternal judgment.

And this we will do if God permits," Hebrews 6'1-3.

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"... testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks,

repentance toward God

and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ,"

Acts 20'21.

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REPENTANCE

FROM DEAD WORKS - TOWARDS GOD

Jesus came "preaching the good news of the kingdom of God and saying, 'The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the good news',” Mark 1'14-15.

Then the Kingdom of God was at hand, now the Kingdom of God is here - but the call is the same: repent and believe!

The Holy Spirit puts repenting and believing together in first place through the writer to the Hebrews in the elementary foundational principles of the oracles of God (6'1-3).

Together Repentance from Dead Works and Faith Toward God form the foundation of the foundation.

The fact is, a sinner cannot believe without repenting and repenting is only possible by faith. In His grace God overrides this impossible situation.

So it is helpful to teach them somewhat separately in order to consider the individual characteristics of each.

Unitedly they are of great benefit to Believers in everyday life for keeping a good Kingdom relationship with our heavenly Father.

He offers, and ministers, the grace-gift of faith that allows unbelievers to repent and to believe - and, in the first instance, be saved.

The Holy Spirit is called "the Spirit of grace" (Hebrews 10'29) for a wonderful reason!

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Believers need to bear in mind that this repenting and believing is done once only to be saved.

Sadly, to some traditional religious people repentance is a constant ongoing situation with no real resolution

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