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In 2005, I wrote blog post on repentance. I thought it is worth reposting as a reminder of what it actually means to repent.

Heb. 6:1 (KJV) Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works,

The literal definition of the word repent is “to perceive afterwards.” I may have developed a sinful habit before I came to Christ. The opportunity to repent came once I understood that the habit was sinful. If, however, I commit that act again, now knowing that it is wrong, there is no further opportunity for repentance, for I knew that it was wrong before I committed the act. At that point, I must ask for forgiveness. Consider the author’s statement: “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” The process of renewing is not repetitive. The need is not for the Lord to have to renew us again and again; the need is for us to live a renewed life once He has touched us. Each time I knowingly transgress, I make His crucifixion of no effect. So, then, I must ask a question each time I must choose between satisfying God or satisfying myself: Which is more important – to satisfy myself, or to prevent Christ from being put to an open shame? The key to living a Spirit-filled life lies in the answer to this question.

renewedmindRomans 12:Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

This is a passage that is much easier said than done.  It requires asking and answering hard questions.  One such question is this: how has my mind been renewed if I believed the same things all of my life?  If my mind has truly been renewed, I cannot look at things the same way I did in the past.

Another hard question that must be asked and answered is this: Am I willing to put everything I have been taught to believe on the altar of sacrifice?  For how can I have the faith of Abraham if I am not willing to do what Abraham did – that is, put obedience to God before everything else, including the son of promise that he loved?

The truth is, Jesus alone doesn’t unite us.  Jesus was a man that everyone saw while he walked the earth.  What unites us is the faith of Abraham – the faith that what God promised he fulfilled in Christ Jesus, whom God raised from the dead.  The faith that we must have is not believing that Christ died, but that He was raised from the dead.  Christ’s death and resurrection was symbolic of what is to occur in us: the old man, the old understanding and the old way of thinking must die, and the new man, the new understanding and the new way of thinking is to arise within us.  This is why Paul wrote that if any man is in Christ he is a NEW creature; old things have passed away, and all things have become new.