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.
And this we will do if God permits," Hebrews 6'1-3.
“... repentance toward God,"
The first thing to notice about these first two elementary principles of Repentance from Dead Works and Faith towards God is that they are linked together.
This pattern follows Jesus' proclamation: "Repent and believe in the good news," Mark 1'14-15.
During His time the Kingdom of God was at hand, today it's here. And His two-fold call is the same.
When considering the things of Christ and the Kingdom it has to be kept in mind that two things are always present: the mercy of God and the grace of God.
Their presence is shown right at the start of these principles in the interaction of repentance and faith. It is by His mercy and grace that the Holy Spirit enables unbelievers to repent by faith.
Acts 11'18 relates Peter telling the apostles and brethren in Judea what had happened when he preached Christ to the Roman centurion, Cornelius, and his household.
"When they heard these things
they became silent; and they glorified God, saying,
'Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life'" .
This was a historical moment. The apostles and brethren realised from what Peter had reported, that Gentiles had been given exactly the same gift from God they had received.
The Holy Spirit's mercy-grace gift of repentance by faith is offered to all who will hear the word of Christ.