Effects of Repentance – Believe
Having recently examined the causes of repentance, now let’s investigate the effects of repentance.
At the start of Jesus’ ministry, according to Apostle John, Jesus preached saying: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15).
I have invested much time and effort in exploring this before; therefore, read more on believe as a consequence of repentance by clicking on the link. Then return here and let’s move to the next benefit which is acknowledging the truth.
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient” (2 Timothy 2:24).
“In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth” (2 Timothy 2:25).
Effects of Repentance – Acknowledging the Truth
Often times when you face opposition to the Gospel of Jesus Christ or any component of it, this mostly stems from unbelief and ultimately an unrepentant heart.
That is no disregarding the probability that Satan may have direct influence on such opposition, but held in ignorance by the same.
On the other hand, when a heart believes the Gospel, and the Lord God “give[s]” it repentance the “acknowledging of the truth” comes easily and effortlessly (2 Timothy 2:25).
Such was the case with Saul of Tarsus. Only after he repented and believed then, the Lord gave him the recognition of Christ: the truth.
Listen to him as he acknowledges Jesus Christ as Lord.
“And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks” (Acts 9:5).
Therefore, we read that “grace and truth” come only by Jesus Christ, (John 1:17). If you have not Christ you are unable to recognize much less to acknowledge the truth.
Effects of Repentance – Salvation
The truth is: Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is the Saviour of the world. And he is the only route to the Father and eternal life, (John 14:6). That is truth. Jesus is the truth.
Having repented, believed, then you could enjoy the salvation of the Lord. However, not everyone will enjoy salvation because not all believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Nevertheless, salvation is available and accessible to all: Jews and Gentiles or Hebrews and Greeks.
As a result, Apostle Paul confesses:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to [everyone] that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
Salvation is only for Believers. And to believe in Jesus Christ we must repent and turn to God through him.
Effects of Repentance – Eternal Life
Having done all these things your reward is eternal life with Christ Jesus our Lord.
“That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:12-13).
However, eternal life is not contingent on what we do. We can do no “good thing” to qualify for eternal life, (Matthew 19:16).
“And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16).
Eternal life is an inheritance, (Mark 10:17; Luke 18:18; 10:25). Consequently, Jesus gives us eternal life (John 10:28 & 17:2)
Effects of Repentance – Rejoicing
On earth when one person repents there is a party in heaven. This is how important repentance is to our eternity with Christ.
“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15:7, 10).
To conclude, repentance is crucial. If you never repented you never will believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Repent then believe!
“For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him” (Matthew 21:32).
Many “Christians” serve God and never get to acknowledge the truth. Satan affects their hearts through the workings of religion.
They hear the truth of Jesus Christ but they never repent. Consequently, they never believe it.
However, they believed the words of some other person. Such a one may not have gotten his or her understanding of Jesus from the Bible. But from another, who similarly, had gotten his knowledge of Christ from someone who didn’t repent and the cycle repeats itself.
A Repentant Person is a New Person
A person who has not believed the Gospel cannot acknowledge the truth of it. No wonder so many are contradictory and confused. It’s clearer now.
No repentance means no believing in Christ. This equals no acknowledging of the truth and that means no salvation. Our salvation is bundle up in Jesus Christ. And if you fail to accept and believe that he is the Son of God, there goes your salvation, through the window.
No wonder there is joy in heaven when one person repents. And there is joy and rejoicing here on earth too. The person who repented experience joy. The people of the assembly where such a one is a member also experience joy. Even the people at home are happy. A repentant person is a new person. New in Christ.
Bonus Effect of Repentance
If you don’t repent you will perish, then those who repent survive. And this is one of the keys to the success of King David’s life. He had a contrite heart and could easily repent.
How is your heart today? Are you at that place where you can easily forgive? Sometimes it’s easier to repent of the “big sins” but forget the small and seemingly unimportant ones like forgiveness and pride.
But the reality of it is that those are issues of the heart. They could prevent us from enjoying the benefits of repentance.
David prayed: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).
Memorize this verse. I’m serious. Memorize it and its reference. Then “pray” it every day for a week and see how it changes your life. Share your outcome in the comments below. Bless!