What Is Repentance Unto Life?
Repentance Unto Life is a grace of the Holy Spirit, whereby a sinner, under a true sense of his sin, and an experimental acquaintance with God’s pardoning mercy in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of sin, turn from it unto God with full purpose of heart, and to serve the LORD in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
“Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.”
“But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”
“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
“Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”
“When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorifed God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.”
“Or dispisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth to repentance?”
“Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”
(2nd Corinthians 7:9-10)
“For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.”
(1st Thessalonians 1:9)