Torrey - Man -10.6- The Relation of Faith to Repentence

VI. THE RELATION OF FAITH TO REPENTANCE. Acts 11:19,21 — "Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen, traveled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.

And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord." Matthew 3:2,6 — "And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand .... And were baptized of him in Jordan confessing their sins." Acts 2:37,41 — "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?... Then the), that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls."

First Proposition: Believing the word of God leads to repentance. Acts 2:36-38 — "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

Second Proposition: The principal element in evangelical repentance is a change of mind about Christ; a change from an unbelieving and rejecting attitude to a believing and accepting attitude. John 5:44 RV — "How can ye believe, which receive glory one of another, and the glory that cometh from the only God ye seek not?"

Third Proposition: There must be a repentance from the attitude of mind that seeks the glory that comes from man, to the attitude that seeks the glory that comes from God, in order to believe in Christ. Acts 19:18-19 — "And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver."

Fourth Proposition: True faith in Christ involves the confession and forsaking of sin.

Concluding Proposition: True repentance and faith are inseparable.