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Understanding Repentance and Faith

May 11, 2018

“Not with our fathers did the Lord make this covenant, but with us, who are all of us here alive today.” Deuteronomy 5:3

As a new generation stands on the verge of the Jordan, which way will they go? Will they follow what is in them by nature, or will they receive what is theirs by grace?

Two great events that shape your life happened before you were born. What’s in you by nature goes all the way back to Eden. What can be in you by grace goes all the way back to the cross of Christ.

1. Owning what is ours by nature is what the Bible calls “repentance.”

We need to own what is in us by nature. We need to be clear about what we are up against in living this Christian life: “Lord, by nature I am a rebel who treats your kindness with contempt, blames others, resists your Word, refuses to believe, and deserves Your righteous judgment.” Owning what is in you by nature is where repentance begins, and that is how it continues.

2. Owning what is ours by grace is what the Bible calls “faith.”
You need to own what is yours by grace. You need to know who you are in Christ. You need to be clear about what this Savior has done for you. By grace, God has made a covenant for you. He has sent his Son to redeem you. He gives his Spirit to empower you. Faith says, “This is mine.”

Repentance begins when you own what is yours by nature. Faith begins when you own what is yours by grace.

Are you following what is in you by nature? Or are you receiving what is yours by grace? Which way are you going? Why?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.


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