Readers Question / Comment - Repentance and confession for a
Christian - one time or many?
Thanks for your website it is wonderful, I benefit a lot out of it. Please
elaborate the difference between repentance and confession of sin. My
understanding of it is :
Repentance one time at the time of regeneration but confession of sin is for life
time of a Christian life. No confession before becoming a born again Christian as
we used to it as a cultural Christian. Please shade your light on this very
Once again thank for your ministry,
thanks for the email and glad you enjoy the site!
Repentance and confession...
I wouldn't personally try to separate
the two and have one for salvation and the other for all of the Christian life.
To me they are meant to go hand in hand and confession should lead to repentance.
Let's have a look at some scriptures -
of the Lord at salvation (I don't see verses that speak of
confessing your sins at salvation)
Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess
with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from
the dead, you will be saved; (10) for with the heart a person believes, resulting
in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
Timothy 6:12-13 Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to
which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many
witnesses. (13) I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all
things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius
Ongoing confession of sin as a Christian:
1Jn 1:9 If
we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
What about repentance? Repentance could be defined as changing your mind leading
to a change in direction. It to is a part of salvation and is directed also at
born again Christians who get off track. Some examples:
Initial repentance at Salvation:
Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in
the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 15:7 "I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in
heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who
need no repentance.
Acts 11:18 When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God,
saying, "Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that
leads to life."Ongoing repentance
as a Christian:
Corinthians 7:9-10 I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you
were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful
according to the will of God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything
through us. (10) For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a
repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world
Revelation 2:4-5 'But I have this against you, that
you have left your first love. (5) 'Therefore remember from where you have
fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you
and will remove your lampstand out of its place--unless you repent.
3:3 'So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent.
Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know
at what hour I will come to you.
I would certainly agree that we don't
'confess our sins' before becoming a born again Christian and that any
of this without a personal faith in the person and work of the Lord Jesus is
Hope this helps. All the best,