Repentance As a Way of Life

Since reading Martin Luther’s 95 Theses many years ago, the first one has haunted me and served as a powerful reminder of what my life in this body should consist of, namely, repentance. Here’ how Luther put it:

When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said “Repent,” he intended that the entire life of believers should be repentance.

I appreciate the way David Mathis interprets Luther on this point:

All of the Christian life is repentance. Turning from sin and trusting in the good news that Jesus saves sinners aren’t merely a one-time inaugural experience but the daily substance of Christianity. The gospel is for every day and every moment. Repentance is to be the Christian’s continual posture.

Back to pursuing repentance as a way of life.

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Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”  –Mark 1:14-15

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