There are many differences between true Biblical faith and man-made religion. One of most important is the Bible’s teaching on repentance. There is a HUGE DIFFERENCE between Old Testament repentance and New Testament repentance. The difference is Jesus Christ. If you do not understand why this is, you have not been taught the whole story of the Cross and resurrection.
Under the Old Testament Law, the children of Israel were always concerned about their transgressions of the Law. God provided ritual sacrifices to forgive them and to foreshadow the future work of Christ. Repentance did involve remorse for violating God’s holy Law. But everything is different now.
When Jesus came to this earth, He fulfilled the Law by His sinless life. In doing so, the Law was, in turn, fulfilled for the entire nation of Israel. Because it was fulfilled, Jesus was able to end the Law and replace it with New Covenant grace. Now, being made righteous and living righteously come through Jesus Christ dwelling in you, NOT through your own human attempts to follow the Law.
Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Man-made religion teaches that salvation is dependent on feeling guilt and sorrow for your sins so that you might have a renewed attitude of not wanting to sin. They admit, however, that you will fail often. Not only that, too many teach that if you sin too much or commit certain sins, it must mean that you never really repented and you never really were saved. This is completely the wrong understanding.
Because Jesus fulfilled the Law and ended it, God DID NOT put the Gentiles under the Law. By not being under the Law, God DID NOT charge the Gentiles with their transgressions of the Law.
Romans 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. (KJV)
Romans 5:13 for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
The issue of forgiveness was fully resolved on the Cross of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago. Therefore, the tragedy of man-made religion is that all of the guilt and shame that people have suffered for centuries has been TOTALLY UNNECESSARY. The Christian life has always been about righteousness through the indwelling power of Jesus Christ. The true Christian life has never been one focused on sin. You don’t have to worry about sin when you live by faith. Faith means that you are living by the power of Christ in you.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
So from now on, when you hear the word “repentance,” understand that it simply means turning from unbelief to faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.
Mark 1:15 (Jesus speaking) and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Acts 19:4 Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”
These additional verses will be helpful in understanding this blog.
All Sins Forgiven: Mark 3: 28; John 1:29; Acts 13:38; Romans 5:10a; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 1:20; Colossians 2:13; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 9:22,26; Hebrews 10:12,17,18; Hebrew 2:9; Hebrews 7:27; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:2,12.
Believers Receive a New, Clean Heart: Ezekiel 11:19; Ezekiel 36:25; John 3:3,7; Acts 11:9; Romans 6:1-2,6,7,11,14,17-18,22; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Galatians 5:24; Titus 3:5; 1 John 1:9b; 1 Peter 2:24a.
God Makes Believers Righteous in Their Born Again Heart: Ezekiel 36:26; Romans 5:17,19; Romans 6:18; Romans 8:10b; 1 Corinthians 6:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:4; Ephesians 4:24; Hebrews 10:14; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:9.
Jesus Lives in You (Literally) as His Holy Spirit: John 14:20,23; Romans 5:5b; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:17,19; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 1:23; Ephesians 3:19b; Ephesians 5:30; Colossians 1:27; 2 Timothy 1:14a; 1 John 4:15-16.
Believers Still Live in a Not-Yet-Redeemed Body: Romans 8:10; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 3:3; Romans 8:23b; 2 Corinthians 4:7; 2 Corinthians 5:1-4.
Gentiles Never Under Mosaic Law: John 1:17; Romans 2:12, 14a; Romans 3:20a; Romans 9:4; Romans 10:4; 1 Corinthians 9:20b; Galatians 3:12; Hebrews 8:6-10,13; Hebrews 9:15; Hebrews 10:1,9b.