Repentance and Faith
"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 teaching of immersions,
of laying on of hands,
of resurrection of the dead and
of eternal judgment ...," Hebrews 6'1-3.
“... repentance toward God,"
One thing about repentance from dead works and faith towards God is that they are joined together. In practise they are one two-fold principle that is intertwined.
They form the experience of everyone who has ever received Christ after hearing the Good News.
Having said that, beside them the greatest things involved in a sinner receiving the Lord is the mercy of God and the grace of God. They make repentance and faith available in the first place.
They form a mercy-grace relationship which enables sinners to repent, believe and be saved.
Titus 3'5 says that it's "according to His mercy He saved us" and Ephesians 2'8 says: "For by grace you have been saved".
This was emphasised when Jews heard that Gentiles had received the Good News (Acts 10 and 11). At the end of considering this unexpected phenomena, Acts 11'1 says:
"Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God".
Peter had preached to Cornelius, a Roman centurion, and his household, so he had to explain what had happened to them. Which he did.
"When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, 'Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life'," Acts 11'18.
Repentance was granted. God's mercy-and-grace gift of repentance and faith is offered to all who hear will hear the word of Christ.
The call is: "repent!". On the Day of Pentecost all those who had gathered for the Feast heard it from Peter:
"Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, 'Men and brethren, what shall we do?'
Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be immersed in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call'," Acts 2'37-39.