Thursday, March 19, 2009

On repentance

Royce Ogle has been posting some powerful essays on the basics of Christian doctrine. His essay on repentance is, as usual, spot-on:
Only when the Holy Spirit has done His blessed work will a sinner trust Christ and change his mind about the direction of his life. Repentance and faith are so closely joined together that they can’t be understood well apart from each other. No person can fully trust Christ without a change of mind about how he is living. And, no person can fully repent who does not place his trust in Christ.

Repentance is no more than a divinely enabled choice to do a mental U-turn. Repentance is to change one’s mind and thus the direction of one’s lifestyle. It is impossible to turn to Christ and not turn away from sin. And it is impossible to turn from sin without turning toward Christ.


Blogger Royce Ogle said...

It is very kind of you to post some of my stuff and I really appreciate your encouragement.


10:23 PM, March 19, 2009  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

My pleasure, Royce. Our Lord continues to bless me through your writing. Peace.

12:29 PM, March 20, 2009  

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