REPENTANCE: Legal vs. True

Repentance

Grant Swart

If our forgiveness was dependent on what we as sinners could do (or refrain from doing), in order to repent, who would be so bold as to claim that they could achieve it sufficiently as to gain recognition by a perfectly Holy God? Is repentance something we can and should do in order to be saved, or is repentance a gift granted to those who are saved by God?

All too often one hears the instruction issuing forth from religious zealots: “You must repent, you must turn from your sin, you must turn to God, or…!”. In my country, as I suppose it is in many others, many will-worshipping churches have coined a new favourite phrase: “Turn or burn!”, and in some Afrikaans congregations the translated phrase, “Draai of braai”, is bandied about with even more self-righteous enthusiasm. As if it were simply up to the listener to do the turning, and God will have no choice but to accept those who turn!

Those who do not have Christ, hear these warnings and are left terrified by their own inability to do what the preacher expects of them. They have heard the stern instructions, but have no understanding of it, no idea of where to start, or how to go about this seemingly impossible task. How can they turn to God when they do not know Him, do not know where He is, or who He is? How could they possibly repent without God’s help and without the guidance of His Holy Spirit? Continue reading

Daar bestaan net twee groepe mense

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Johannes de Koning

KRAG OF ONSIN?

– die kruisvraag wat alle mense in twee groepe verdeel.

In 1 Korintiërs 1:18 maak die apostel Paulus ‘n formidabele uitspraak. Dit het aardskuddende gevolge, ewigheidskonsekwensies!  “Die boodskap van die kruis van Christus is wel onsin vir dié wat verlore gaan, maar vir ons wat gered word, is dit die krag van God.” Dis baie duidelik uit hierdie teks:

Daar bestaan wesentlik net twee groepe mense. Nét twee groepe. Geen middelgroep nie. Dié wat verlore gaan en dié wat gered word.

Die wat verlore is, is  slawe van sonde en Satan. Die wat gered is, is mense wat verlos is van sonde, Satan, oordeel en hel. Verlorenes sal vir ewige weg wees van die aangesig van God, uitgewerp in die buitenste duisternis. Die gereddes sal vir ewig by God wees en die warmte van Sy liefde voel en die glans van Sy majesteit aanskou.

Baie interessant, die verskil tussen die twee groepe word hier gedefinieer in in terme van hulle uiteenlopende houdings ten opsigte van die kruisboodskap. Anders gesê: jou houding teenoor die kruisboodskap bepaal of jy ‘n verlorene of ‘n gereddene is.  Die vraag wat elkeen van ons moet antwoord is : Continue reading