I’m alarmed at how many preachers are preaching that you have to “repent of your sins” or “turn from your sins” before you can be saved. Ephesians 2:8 tells us: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God”. And the gospel is encapsulated in I Corinthians 15:3 & 4: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” So that is what we are to believe in order to receive God’s GIFT of everlasting life. When we try to add ANYTHING to what Jesus has already done for us, it is as filthy rags to God.
Remember the account of the Samaritan woman at the well? Jesus knew she was living with a man who wasn’t her husband, and that she had had 5 husbands, and I suspect they had not all died, making her an adulteress four times over. Knowing this, did he say, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have moved away from your live-in boyfriend, ceased all other sin, and asked of him, and he would have given thee living water”? No, he said, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.”
Some say that we must “repent of all our sins” (not in the Bible anywhere) before we can be saved. They say that doing so isn’t works. Let’s see what God says. Jonah 3:10 tells us: “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way…”. Seems pretty clear that God considers turning from sin to be works.
Jesus did all the work. When we try to add to that we offend him. If your earthly father gave you an automobile when you were emancipated, no strings attached, and you said, “Dad, I’m going to pay you back every cent!” would your father have been hurt? offended? I think so.That’s not the best analogy, but it will do for my point. Jesus suffered horribly when he was beaten, scourged, and hung on the cross. He suffered as any man would. Additionally, He took on the burden of ALL sin, for ALL mankind, for ALL time. He suffered, bled and died so you wouldn’t have to. There’s nothing we can do to add to that.
Should we sin all the more so grace can abound? God forbid! We, as SAVED Christians should do good works to demonstrate the mercy and love God has for us.