There are 2 components to Christian salvation and both must be present at the time of conversion.
Faith + Repentance = Salvation
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (ESV)
Without these 2 working together, salvation is not guaranteed.
Faith in Christ – His work on the Cross and in His resurrection – is paramount to a new believer’s conversion. However, it is also crucial that the repentance of sin follows faith in Christ to complete the process. We must do as Jesus stated in the Sermon on the Mount and ‘mourn’ over our sin which has caused separation from the Lord.
4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Our comfort comes from knowing Christ has taken our place; our Father in Heaven has adopted us in to His family and we are clean.
If someone were to ask you to share your testimony – to help them understand how you met Christ – you must be able to think back and recognize when these took place. It is far too easy to grow up within the church, to become very familiar with the message of salvation, and to rationalize it in our minds when in fact we have not yet crossed the lines.
This is why many Christians feel frustrated in their walk with the Lord. They think they are saved; but, in reality they have not received the gift of salvation as outlined in Scripture.
You are not a disciple of your church or denomination. You become a disciple of Christ. Therefore, you must adhere to His kind guidelines and means to salvation.
1 Peter 1:10-11
10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.