The Trouble with Confession and Repentance Part 2

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Identity

The Trouble with Confession and Repentance Part 2

The Gift of Repentance What does ‘repent’ mean? It used to mean crying out, fasting, and a long list of ‘to do’s.’ In light of the New Covenant (after the cross) it simply means to think differently. The word ‘repent‘ occurs in the New Covenant scriptures (from Acts to Revelation) less than we think it does. In Acts it occurs 5 times, 2 times in 2 Corinthians, once in the book of Hebrews and 7 times in Revelation. In every single occasion, the word ‘repent’ means to think differently (G3340 Strong’s), or to care afterwards (G3338 found in Hebrews). What does this mean for us? A whole lot. When we are focused on the sin, (the problem, addiction etc) repentance means that we have to DO something to get the sin off. We have to DO something externally- through behavior- to get rid of the effects of sin. When we are sin-conscious we are always trying to get the sin off of us without realizing that through what Jesus did, it has already happened. We need to be Son-conscious. Now repentance just means to think differently. When your perspective is different and focused on what Jesus already did for us, then repentance is just regretting that we had ever said or done what we did. Once we care afterwards, we have just acknowledged that we are not the same as when we first sinned- our thinking has changed! We care! If we didn’t care that we sinned then we wouldn’t think differently, and we would just be caught in the cycle of sin. But when we care, we think differently- we have a different perspective—that is repentance. Crying and sorrow may be a part of it but without thinking differently there is no repentance. Repentance is a gift. It has nothing to do with what you did or said to earn it because forgiveness was already paid for through Jesus and it was FREE! So repentance is also a gift, which means it has nothing to do with earning it. We get so caught up in this because we have forgotten who we have become in Christ. We get tripped up when we identity with our mistake instead of identifying ourselves with Christ- being dead to sin. We look to the Old Covenant scriptures where they dressed in sackcloth and covered themselves in ashes and weeped, wailed and offered sacrifices to prove their repentance. We still do these things- not sackcloth and ashes exactly but we try to find the ‘root’ of the sin– (was it the forefathers?) and we go back and repent on behalf of others so that the violation can be cut off and the favor of God can flow. I see absolutely NO record of this in the New Covenant. Jesus came to make it simple because He offered it as a gift. If something...

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The Trouble with Confession and Repentance Part 1

Posted by on Jan 29, 2012 in Identity

CONFESSION The topic of confession and repentance has come up so often and has caused many Believers to live with condemnation, guilt and shame. The trouble with these two words is that they have taken on an entirely different meaning in English than in the original Greek. The first question is this: when a believer sins, do they have to confess their sins before they are forgiven? The answer is yes and no. Scripture states over and over that Jesus has already forgiven all of the sins of mankind. The issue isn’t ‘if someone is forgiven’ rather it is ‘if someone believes they are forgiven.’ You see, what you believe becomes your reality. Whether it is truth or not is irrelevant because it becomes true to you. Jesus made a great distinction between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant when He died, rose again and ascended to the Father. The Old Covenant was all about performing acts to become forgiven- but remember all of these were shadows and copies of what was about to take place when Jesus came. The blood of goats only covered the sin of the priests and people but could never make their consciences clean. Jesus blood does not coverour sin, it removes it forever which means that it is removed from our conscience. Having no sin in our consciences means there is no reason for shame, guilt or condemnation to be there. Hebrews 10:11-14 says, “Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins, but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” Catch what is being said here. In the Old Covenant the priests performed their sacrifices over and over again to cover sin because the blood that they offered was of bulls and goats and could never take away the sins. It was a ‘shadow’ of what was going to happen with Jesus. The priests work was never completed so they could never rest- or sit down. BUT after Jesus made His ONE sacrifice for all time He SAT DOWN because His sacrifice was complete. He would never have to do it again. Keep reading in Hebrews 10 to verse 22. “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” We are cleansed from guilt in our consciences. But if we sin, we need to understand we were already forgiven even before we were born, which means we never had to ASK for forgiveness we just...

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