Fear of God Devotional: Repentance and Faith



What is the distinction between faith and repentance?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that in Acts 20:21, Paul preached a message of repentance towards God and faith towards Christ. Faith and repentance are used in the same sentence.

The object of repentance is God. The object of faith is Christ. Repentance and faith are both distinct and are not synonyms. Faith is oriented to the covenant of grace. It is sealed by the work of Christ. It sets its eyes on Christ. Repentance is oriented toward the authority of God as the lawgiver.

Acts 2:38 (NKJV) – “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

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