How Can One Repent When One Doesn’t Know What It Is?
If one goes to Matthew Chapter Seven where Jesus turns multitudes of Christians away, He says He never came to KNOW THEM in an experiential way. THIS IS THE REAL KEY as to what true deep salvation repentance is.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
The key to this is what Jesus says to the rejected Christians. He says very bluntly that HE, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF never ever MET THAT BELIEVER, HE NEVER EVER CAME INTO ANY PERSONAL CONTACT WITH THEM. This is the IDENTICAL rejection of the 5 foolish virgins. Further He does not deny that they had the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are not just pew warming Christians, these are front-line Christians who were prophesying, casting out demons, and performing all sorts of miracle works. It is important to recognize that these Christians had GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
It appears that these poor lost Christians stopped at the GIFTS and thought these proved their salvation. The Bible is very clear that is not the case at all, for in John we read that the Holy Spirit not only gives GIFTS, He is to CONVICT OF SIN, RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUDGMENT. Not only that HE is to LEAD ONE TO THE TRUTH, and JESUS CHRIST IS THE TRUTH. The Holy Spirit will lead one to a direct encounter with the PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST.
It is the PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST, “I”, THAT IS, HIMSELF PERSONALLY, that NEVER came into an experiential contact with that believer. That is what He says, yet Christians totally ignore this AND HAVE NO TESTIMONY concerning this personal encounter with Jesus Christ which means they do not know Him and He does not know them!
If we dig a little deeper into this we run into the STRAIT GATE and NARROW WAY COMMAND, that is totally ignored and spoken evil of by modern Christians, just as Peter said would happen. This command is totally refuted and railed against as having any truth within it, yet Jesus Himself said that this NARROW WAY LEADS TO “LIFE” ITSELF.
Inasmuch as Jesus is LIFE, then obviously the NARROW WAY LEADS DIRECTLY INTO AN ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF, BECAUSE IT IS JESUS WHO IS LIFE!! Jesus, the person Himself is LIFE ITSELF:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
1 John 5:11-13
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
All of this is about LIFE, and that LIFE is IN THE SON. What in the world are they speaking of here? THE LIFE IS THE SPIRIT OF DIVINE LOVE. We have to go back to Genesis to understand what is being said here. In Genesis we are told that humanities parents, Adam & Eve, ate of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God said if you eat of that Tree, you shall surely DIE.
Because Adam and Eve were created with DIVINE LOVE and HAD LIFE, when they ate (ingested in some manner) of that Tree, they died SPIRITUALLY and were CUT OFF from God, severed, and the DIVINE SPIRIT OF DIVINE LOVE was REMOVED, CUT OFF, VANISHED. Mankind is now adrift, CUT OFF from its Creator, ALONE.
It was a REBIRTH INTO A FALLEN WORLD. I believe their DNA was changed; their entire existence was horribly altered. In short, they LOST FOREVER DIVINE AGAPE LOVE, and it was removed by Divine Edict and humanity, from that point onward, had a veil placed over their mind, and have no knowledge of, and cannot comprehend in any way DIVINE LOVE, a LOVE TYPE so far beyond mankind’s mind and fallen love types that it is a TOTAL MYSTERY, a HIDDEN TRUTH, a SECRET of God.
When one understands the FALL, and CUT-OFF of DIVINE LOVE then one can begin to understand why Jesus told us that all of this IS OF THE SPIRIT, the FLESH profits NOTHING. Jesus came into the Matrix to rescue a fallen humanity. He told us what we all had to do to get reconnected, and that He was the ONLY HOT-LINK to accomplish it. Mankind has totally rejected that, because they have REJECTED the global offer to all of humanity to ENTER IN. Just as Peter told us, even the CHRISTIANS have rejected it. Therefore, they cannot MEET JESUS, and do not have a CLUE as TO WHO HE REALLY IS or WHAT REALLY WENT DOWN AT CALVARY.
Because of the mocking of the strait gate and narrow way, humanity in TRUTH knows NOTHING OF THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD, the HIDDEN SECRET THINGS. They apparently don’t even believe they are FALLEN.
So what has all of this got to do with TRUE REPENTANCE? EVERYTHING.
2 Corinthians 7:9-11
9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
In these two verses we find the REAL REASON for the STRAIT GATE and NARROW WAY. Why? Because it is the only way offered to humanity to A REPENTANCE TO SALVATION. No narrow way; no true repentance and no salvation. What is this Godly sorrow? It is known ONLY BY THOSE WHO HAVE ENTERED IN AND ARE OR HAVE WALKED THE NARROW WAY. It is a deep abiding sorrow for humanity. It comes and goes for no apparent reason. It is not human sorrow, it is much deeper, a spiritual sorrow for a lost and dying world. It manifests itself in bouts of weeping and crying for no apparent reason whatsoever. You never know when it comes and why it goes.
Remember it is the Holy Spirit that CONVICTS of sin, righteousness and judgment. That is only done in truth along the NARROW WAY and as it brings one down into judgment. If one rejects the narrow way for whatever reason they conjure up, they have damned themselves to eternal ruin. NO OTHER WAY WAS OFFERED BY JESUS. ONLY ONE. COME TO THE LIGHT OF DIVINE LOVE AND BE JUDGED BY IT. NO ONE CAN PASS THE TEST BECAUSE NO ONE HAS IT WITHIN. CASE CLOSED, OFF YOU GO TO RUIN.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil, lest his deeds should be reproved. hateth the light, neither cometh to the light
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
So what is TRUE BIBLICAL GODLY REPENTANCE? HAVING YOUR DEEDS REPROVED BY DIVINE LOVE (THE LIGHT)! In short, it is GODLY JUDGMENT. It is when a believer stands before the SON OF MAN, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF and is SHOWN (has revealed), DIVINE LOVE and WHY humanity is going to perish in their sins. When one BEHOLDS WHAT MANNER OF LOVE GOD HAS, then one automatically KNOWS why they are hell-bound sinners.
This is when Jesus Christ STEPS FORWARD and offers TO COVER YOU with HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. When you are judged, you are guilty. You are hell-bound. Why? Go back to Geneses and the fall. That’s why. Jesus offers His Robes of righteousness, for we have none. If you accept, you have then REPENTED A TRUE REPENTANCE, YOU HAVE LEFT OFF YOUR MANY LOVE TYPES, REPENTED OF THEM AND ACCEPTED DIVINE LOVE. THAT IS TRUE SALVATION, exactly as the Bible says.
It is a SPIRITUAL TRANSACTION, THE FLESH PROFITS NOTHING. It is also a HIDDEN TRANSACTION. The Narrow Way is the WAY OF ATONEMENT. It is the WAY OF RECONCILIATION and the WAY OF THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH. It is the WAY OF TRUE BELIEF, TRUE FAITH. It is the WAY OF DEATH UNTO LIFE ETERNAL. It is the WAY OF TRUTH.
Yes, you must believe. Yes you must have faith. These dynamic forces are what propels one to CONTINUOUSLY believe, CONTINUOUSLY have FAITH and OBEY THE COMMANDS OF CHRIST TO ENTER IN. it is not a work. It is not law-keeping, or some form of legalism. It is the WAY OF UNDERSTANDING, the WAY TO LIFE ETERNAL.