Repentance From Dead Works
Repentance is the first step in building a successful foundation in the life of a
believer. We have no choice or option concerning repentance, for God commands it (Acts
17:30--"And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now comandeth all men
everywhere to repent").
- WHAT DOES THE WORD "REPENTANCE MEAN?"
It means a"change of mind", or a change of heart and attitude. It means "to
have a radical change in one's attitude toward sin and God". There is the implication
of conscious moral separation and a personal decision to forsake sin and enter fellowship
- REPENTANCE CALLS FOR A RENUNCIATION OF SELF-CONFIDENCE AND WILL INITIATE A CONFIDENCE IN
- Our own way leads us astray (Isaiah 53:6).
- We must confess our sin, turn from sin, and place our confidence in God (Judges 10:15,
- We must repent and turn towards God (Acts 26:19, 20).
- We must turn from our idols and serve God (I Thessalonians 1:8, 9).
- HOW IMPORTANT IS REPENTANCE?
- Essential for salvation (Mark 1:15)
- It is commanded by God (Acts 17:30).
- It is a gift from God (Acts 11:18; II Timothy 2:25).
- It was a reason for Christ's coming (Luke 5:32).
- Necessary to avoid destruction (Luke 13:3, 5).
- Part of the Lord's commission to us (Luke 24:47).
- God desires it for all men (II Peter 3:9).
- It is a foundational truth basic to all believers (Hebrews 6:1, 2).
- WHAT THEN ARE THE DEAD WORKS THAT WE MUST REPENT OF?
- Dead works are man-made laws, beliefs and good works that dominate our frame of
thought and actions concerning God (works of the flesh!).
- One practices dead works in order to gain favor and earn grace in the
eyes of God (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
- This is an impossibility. It is not by the works of our own hands that we obtain mercy
(Titus 3:5; II Timothy 1:8, 9).
- The "Traditions of the Elders", as practiced by the Scribes and Pharisees, are
examples of dead works.
- They transgressed the commandment of God by functioning within the realm of
their traditions (Matthew 15:1-9).
- Though the Pharisees were extremely religious, their worship was in vain (Mark 7:7-9).
- DEAD WORKS ARE NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE TRUE GOOD WORKS THAT GOD HAS PURPOSED FOR
CHRISTIANS IN SPREADING THE WORDOF GOD.
- The Scriptures encourage that our lives be fruitful (Colossians 1:10).
- The works that we do are inspired by the Holy Spirit rather than by the prompting and
effort of man (Ephesians 2:10).
- We are admonished that the unfruitful branch is put away, while the fruitful branch is
purged, that it migh be more fruitful (John 15:1, 2).
It is imperative that we turn from dead works, because they only serve to
frustrate the work of God in our lives. God desires a people who will worship in Truth and
in Spirit (John 4:23, 24). We have not been redeemed by corruptible things, but by the
blood of Jesus Christ (I Peter 1:18, 19). Thus, our attempts toward making ourselves
acceptable to God are futile. It is God who must turn our hearts from the performance of
dead works and birth within us a desire to serve the living God (Hebrews 9:14)!
Repentance From Dead Works
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