Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Repentance & Faith Separate Stages?

Q: Is repentance and trusting in Christ two separate stages?

In short, the answer is no. With that said, let’s see about fleshing this out to get a better idea of what is going on.

There is a very tight relationship, which repentance and faith enjoy together. They could be thought of as two facets or sides of one singular action. Repentance and faith are inseparable in such a way that you cannot have one without the other. To put your faith in Christ encompasses a turning away (repentance) from an old and sinful nature.  Dr. Norman Geisler illustrates “Faith and repentance are inseparable in the same way that the command to come here cannot be fulfilled without leaving there.” Coming and leaving are two sides of one action. The command might go out something like this: leave your old ways (repent) and come believe (faith) in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (Acts 3:19)

Furthermore, when Jesus spoke of the First and Greatest Commandant: “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”  Does one conclude that heart/soul/mind or even strength (Lk. 10:27) are separate acts? Is this a list of chronological actions that one is supposed to check off or accomplish only part of the way? Do you put a check in the box for heart and soul, and then a side-note of “progress pending” in regards to the status of mind and strength? Certainly not, so please excuse the rhetorical questioning but, it does have a purpose: The Greatest Commandment is one command, one action and Jesus illuminated how profound such a command is by unwrapping the deep intricacies embedded in the action of loving God! To love God (singular action) according to Jesus is a multi-faceted action, which encompasses your heart/soul/mind/& strength. Just as belief in Christ (singular action), is not a mere intellectual ascent but a profoundly deep and multi-faceted action embracing and enveloping together repentance/faith. (Mk. 1:15; Eph. 2:8-9)

Repent & Believe the Gospel while you still have time!

Posted By: Chad Williams "Street Apologetics"