The Bible says in John 3:5: “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from David Jeremiah. He said: “Saving us is the greatest and most concrete demonstration of God’s love, the definitive display of His grace throughout time and eternity.”
Our topic today is titled What is Repentance About? (Part 4) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.
The lordship/discipleship/mastery teaching apparently makes repentance and faith two distinct and necessary requirements for salvation. Note, for example, this statement: “The demand is for repentance as well as faith. It is not enough to believe that only through Christ and His death are sinners justified and accepted…. Knowledge of the gospel, and orthodox belief of it, is no substitute for repentance…. Where there is no realistic recognition of the real claims that Christ makes, there can be no repentance, and therefore no salvation.”
However, Luke’s rendering of the Great Commission uses repentance in the same sense as believing in Christ. “And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” Clearly, repentance for the forgiveness of sins is connected to the death and resurrection of Christ.