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Why do we have to repent before we can receive salvation?

  1. We repent because we fear God. “Surely his [God’s] salvation is at hand for those who fear Him” (Ps 85:9). One of the criminals who was crucified near Jesus came under the fear of judgment and repented before the Lord. The result? The criminal received Jesus’ saving grace (Lk 23:39–43). Unfortunately, those who do not fear God will be hard pressed to receive God’s grace.
  2. We repent because we are humbled before God. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Pet 5:5). A tax collector, often viewed as extortionists in Jesus’ time, humbled himself before God and said, “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” Because of the tax collector’s humility in recognizing his own sin, he was fully justified by the Lord (Lk 18:13–14). “For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they [the Israelites] did not submit to God’s righteousness” (Rom 10:3). Because of the pride and status many Israelites held in the law, they were unable to see Jesus was the end of the law for righteousness (Rom 10:4). From the Israelites’ mistake we see how pride is the greatest obstacle among those who could have received God’s salvation had they been humble enough to accept it.

Publisher: True Jesus Church