Repenting of unbelief in Jesus is included in believing in Jesus.

But repentance from sin and then believing in Jesus are two separate acts.

Repentance from sins is not a condition of salvation.

Repentance from sins will not save you.

Only believing in Jesus will save you.

However, ~realizing~ you are a sinner is part of the Gospel: “Christ died for our sins.” 1st Corinthians 15:1-4.

To “repent” means to “change your mind,” about something: about Jesus, about sinning, or about some other subject.

Curtis Smale


“Repent” Means “Change Your Mind”

If you do not believe in Jesus, Repent (change your mind) about your unbelief and believe in Jesus.

Repent means “change your mind.”

The pagans in Acts needed to change their minds about their idols (that they were not to be worshipped) and believe in Jesus alone.

The unbelieving Jews needed to change their minds about their unbelief in Christ and crucifying Christ and believe in Jesus.

Natural prideful people need to change their minds that their good works (“dead works”) count for salvation and believe in Jesus.


Seeing your sin, repenting of unbelief

For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death. (2 Cor. 7:10)

The sorrow of the world is sorrow that is the result of getting caught – I am experiencing consequences for my sin or behavior and therefore regret it. This always works death because it is self-serving. It is sorrow that has nothing to do with accountability to God. It has to do with the price I must pay. But godly sorrow is the result of seeing my hopelessness, of seeing the sin, and of seeing that I have sinned against God Himself. It leads to true repentance because it leads me to change my mind and heart towards God……….. Repentance is a turning away from myself, and my unbelief, TO CHRIST BY FAITH. Thus, if I don’t repent, I am not believing, I am not turning, and I am not having a change of heart – from unbelief to faith. I am not believing and trusting Christ.


Matthew Bell