09 July 2007

Gospel Sanctification 5 - Spiritual Repentance to the Glory of God

Applying the truths of Gospel Sanctification to repentance means maintaining a deeply sorrowful sense of indwelling personal sin while also rejoicing in the present reality of the full and free forgiveness in Jesus Christ, looking forward with expectation to the final delivery 'from this body of death'.

. . . God's kindness leads you toward repentance.” Rom 2:4

A high view of our Holy God mixed with a sorrow over our own personal sin leads to a treasuring of Jesus Christ and complete surrender to His wondrous, gracious and extensive Gospel promises, and gift of Himself, as the only way to return us to the embrace of our loving heavenly Father.

Repentance therefore ought to be coupled with a relishing of the full & free gospel promises of love, forgiveness, acceptance, justification and of union with Christ Himself. Otherwise, repentance can become a defeated and mournful wallowing in the very slough we are being saved from rather than a turning from it and glorying in the eternal happy state we are being saved to. Thus even your repentance ought to be to the heart-felt praise and glory of God!
Although we are miserable creatures, of ourselves, we don't wallow in defeat or remain self-focused but rather look to God, with thankful heart, for the provision of a solution in Jesus Christ. True repentance leads to Christ-exultation:

“O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God -- through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Rom 7:23-25

“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” 1 Tim 1:15-17

Our repentance must not be characterised by wallowing or self-focus because, " . . . whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things.” Phil 4:8

When you are convicted over sin, don't wallow in defeat, but simply confess your sin and weakness to God, thank Him that even in this Christ is sufficient to cover your sin and present you faultless before the throne of grace, and He is the one that will bring deliverance from the very sin you struggle with. He loves you anyway and always - thank and praise him for it. And in this you will glorify God in your repentance.

Is your repentance done to the heartfelt praise and glory of God?

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Cor 10:31-32



  • Shane,
    A wonderful ending.
    At our NCT meeting today we were defining "the glory of God". What does it mean to glorify God? What thing do I do to do it? Jesus is the revelation of the glory of God. God is glorified in the revelation of Christ even through the means of imperfect me. Do all things, in word and deed, for the purpose of revealing Jesus Christ. He is the glory of the Father. Now,we see through a glass darkly..... we go from glory to glory and so on.

    By Blogger Joseph G. Krygier, At 7:09 am  

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