Repentance And Faith
One of Nazi Germany’s prominent leaders, Doctor Robert Ley, came from a truly Christian family. On May 1st, 1936, he announced through the public press and radio that people should rejoice in the rebirth of nature and cast aside the pessimistic view that this life is a vale of tears and woe, adding that none but fools would speak of sin, repentance and grace. This declaration caused a wave of indignation amongst the Christian community.
Contrary to the declaration of Doctor Ley, the Bible teaches that the way of blessing is “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). Simply put, it is realizing that we are helpless sinners and turning to the One who died for us, in faith and godly sorrow. It is to recognize that what God says about our condition without Christ is absolutely true, and then to realize that He has a remedy for sin and that remedy is through the death and the shedding of the blood of His Son.
Thus the jail keeper in Philippi was told, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Today, the message is still the same.
Have each of you availed yourselves of it?