When one who has drifted away from
God realizes his/her sins and thanks Jesus for washing them away
and comes back to God, this is called repentance.
All of us are lumps of sin. True repentance
is to admit the following truth: that we are sinners before God,
and that we cannot but sin all our lives and go to hell when we
die; that we have to accept Jesus as our Savior by believing that
He came to this world to save sinners like us, and that He took
away all sins (through His baptism), died and was resurrected to
save us. True repentance is to give up our own thoughts and return
to God (Acts 2:38).
Repentance is to admit our sins and
turn back to the Word of God, to accept the salvation of the water
and the blood with all our hearts (1 John 5:6).
True repentance is to admit ourselves
as complete sinners and to believe in Jesus, the Son of God, as
our Savior who saved us from all our sins. In order to be saved
and be washed of all sins, we must stop trying to be sanctified
through our own works, and admit that we are complete sinners before
God and His Laws. We then have to accept the truth of His salvation,
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, which Jesus gave us with
His baptism and blood.
A sinner has to give up all his/her
own thoughts and will and return to Jesus completely. We will be
saved when we come to believe that the baptism of Jesus was to take
all our sins onto Himself.
In other words, the baptism of Jesus,
His crucifixion, and His resurrection have fulfilled God's righteousness,
His salvation of all sinners. Jesus came in the flesh, was baptized
and crucified to wash away all our sins. Having complete faith in
all these and believing that Jesus was resurrected to become the
Savior of all those who believe in Him is true repentance and genuine