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What Is Repentance

Some people are apparently laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works as described in Hebrews chapter 6:1. What does "repentance from dead works" referred to?

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Here it is. Grow up. "Let us be moved along". Maturity will not be attained by personal effort as much as by personal surrender to God, who alone casn accomplish the needed perfection. And just I have been preaching: We must renew our repentance daily. Faith toward God, Repentance from dead works, and faith towards God, are connected, and always go together.The resurrection of the dead, Eternal judgment, and the doctrine of baptism, laying on hands, all foundational principles never depart from.
---catherine on 2/20/08


The word, "repentance" means to'"turn from". It's usually a 180 degree turn. So for the Christian to repent means to stop going away from Christ and start going towards Him. The book of Hebrews was written to Jewish Christians who were trying to add to salvation my insituting some of the "old" laws. The writter is simply stating that it didn't work then, and it won't work now - your works are dead.
---WIVV on 2/19/08


"repentance from dead works" refers to the "works" we used to do that was leading us to our eternal death and from these
"works" we should repent. And once the foundation has been laid "properly" we need not to lay it again and can move on to more meatier information. Always pressing forward to the mark Ph3:14
---Toby on 6/22/07


Dead works, to me, refer to anything we would try to do to win God's love or approval. Since we cannot earn His love, then anything we would do to try would be, in essence, dead because it wouldn't work.
---Paulie on 6/6/07


4. "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me..The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart-these, O God, You will not despise" When repentance is offered to God in a spirit of true contrition, He promises to forgive us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us. Works to earn something is not true repentance.
---Lupe2618 on 3/13/06




3. It includes a deep remorse for HAVING OFFENDED God. This was something I wanted Alan to see on my answer to him. The contrite person openly and fully confesses his sin with no attempt to exuse it or justify it. This acknowledgment of sin is coupled with a willingness to make restitution whenever possible and a resolve to turn away from sin. That is the spirit of repentance that David exhibited in Psalm 51.
---Lupe2618 on 3/13/06


2. "I am sorry, please don't spank me" These with tears are usually not signs of genuine remorse for wrongdoing. This was the kind of repentance Esau exhibited (Gen.27:30-46). He was sorry not becuase he had sinned, but because he had lost his birthright. Attrition, then, is repentance motivated by an attempt to get a ticket out of hell or to otherwise avoid punishment, and will do works to get it. CONTRITION, on the other hand, is true and godly repentance. It is genuine.
---Lupe2618 on 3/13/06


Mima, let me add to what has been said already, Repentance by works is what is called "attrition". Theology makes a distinction between two kinds of repentance. The first is called "attrition." attrition is a false or spurious kind of repentance. It involves remorse caused by a fear of punishment or a loss of blessing. Every parent has witnessed attrition in a child when they are caught with their hands in the cookie jar. The child, fearing the paddle, cries,
---Lupe2618 on 3/13/06


I believe that dead works are anything done without love. As we know that 1 Cor.13 says that no matter what we do, or how much we sacrifice, without love, it benefits nothing. In other words... dead works are works that are done without love.
---john on 3/13/06


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