True Repentance

Posted by on Oct 30, 2008 in Rev. Serven

Text: 2 Corinthians 7:8-11
Guest Preacher, Pastor Yelton.

Since we sin against God every day, we must repent of our sins. True repentance brings life. However, we must repent in a way that pleases God—not in a worldly way. This is sometimes difficult, because it is easy to confuse true repentance with a false, worldly repentance. So, we must study what the Bible says about repentance. The Holy Scriptures say a great deal about repentance. In the Bible, which is the only rule of faith and practice, we discover what repentance truly is, and we learn how to distinguish it from every counterfeit. We can find a good definition of repentance in the Westminster Shorter Catechism:

    Q. 87. What is repentance unto life?
    A. Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, doth, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience.

Since true repentance brings salvation from death, we must repent in a godly way, not in a false and worldly way.