One of the major teachings that Jesus Christ gave while He was on earth was regarding true repentance and how to repent from one’s sins.
“Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). “And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Revelation 22:12).
Jesus said that to enter heaven one must achieve true repentance and that those who don’t repent will undergo much weeping and gnashing of teeth.
What is Repentance?
Many believers feel that if they pray and confess to the Lord, be humble and patient, spread the gospel, and do good deeds, then they have repented. Is it true? Let’s read the word of God to know more about true repentance and how to repent.
God said, “[Y]ou shall therefore be holy, for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:45). And in Revelation 22:14, He prophesied, “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
God is holy and he hates sin and when we refer to true repentance it means no longer sinning and being pure and being transformed and getting rid of selfishness, deceitfulness, arrogance, evil, greed, and more.
Even if we confess and repent to the Lord and do good deeds, we are still prone to sin and thereby resist God. So how can it be called true repentance?
How to achieve true Repentance
Now that we have understood what repentance is, the next step is to attain true repentance.
Jesus said, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come” (John 16:12–13).
“He that rejects Me, and receives not My words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).
And the Bible says, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17). “Sanctify them through Your truth: Your word is truth” (John 17:17).
These verses tell us that “the Spirit of truth, is come,” “Sanctify them through Your truth,” and “judgment must begin at the house of God.”
These are the end days and we are seeing a surge of people from all religions and denominations longing for a deeper and more meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ.
The wise virgins are getting ready to be raptured before God’s throne and are accepting the judgment and purification of God’s word.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20).