Salvation without true repentance is a fake salvation that doesn’t stay for a long. Use this article to check your salvation and to preach salvation to someone in your family or to your friend.
1. Realization of the sinful nature:
Realization of sinful nature comes by the conviction of the Holy Spirit as the Word of God is heard.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 20 For there is not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.
2. Knowing the eternal state of sinful living:
The wages of sin and the eternal condemnation of living in sin is preached by the Word.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment (today many religions believe reincarnation of soul again and again in many bodies in many forms and passes through many births and deaths-just as a man discards worn out cloth and puts on new clothes the soul discards the worn out bodies and wears new ones)
Matthew 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
3. Realization of the helpless condition and the need for a savior:
A need for forgiveness of sin is urged by conscience. We will be judged according to God’s Law on the Day of Judgment. We must measure up to these standards or else be found guilty on the Day of Judgment.
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Romans 5:6-10 – Though sin deserves punishment, God loves us so much He sent His Son to bear our punishment so we could be saved.
4. Awareness of the provision made at the cross:
An awareness of the work on the cross and the forgiveness of sins by the blood of Jesus Christ come from the Word of God.
1 John 1:7 and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
5. Willingness to turn back:
A willingness to turn back (repent) from the old sinful life and pleasures of this world is a decision taken in the mind. A step of faith an individual has to take.
Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
Luke 15:7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
6. Confession of sins & receiving forgiveness:
A feeling of guilt and shame together makes the person to confess his/her sins to the Lord and ask for forgiveness. As the sins are confessed and washed by the blood of Jesus, the burdens roll away and an unspeakable joy fills the heart
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
7. Confession of the Lordship of Christ:
Now the mouth confesses the Lord Jesus is the Lord of the life and the heart believes that God has raised Him from the dead.
Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
True conversion comes after repentance.
Acts 3:19 19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
Conversion comes after repentance, we cannot convert people by providing food, not by making promises, not by starting schools..true conversion is only after repentance.