With all this talk of Good Grief and Genuine Repentance I thought it would be helpful to add a few additional thoughts from the last two weeks of sermons on 2 Corinthians 7:8-12 …
Repentance Is Always a Posture of Humility
Whether it be the heart of an unbeliever awakened to the Gospel to turn from slavery to sin to the beauty of Jesus or a child of God aware of his failure in the flesh, a bowed head before the Lord is a good and right posture. It takes Spirit-produced humility to see and savor Christ over the pleasure of sin for a season. For this reason, repentance is both the response of a regenerated heart and the fruit of a believer’s sanctification.
Repentance Knows Where the Power is Found
Whether it be the delighting in sin pursued, or the weight of guilt over sin forsaken, a believer can never let sin have the power. The power of sin has been defeated at the cross. Satan aims to thwart our sanctification as the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10), keeping our eyes on the sin and not the Savior. In repentance, we disarm the stronghold of sin by looking to the cross where Jesus paid it all and we put our confidence in the power of the Spirit to sanctify us completely. For this reason, repentance is both the response of a regenerated heart and the fruit of a believer’s sanctification.
Repentance Delights in Being Brought Low so that Christ is Lifted High
Whether it be in our failure to turn from sin or the successful resisting of temptation, the child of God loves to be brought low so that Christ is exalted. Far from this being an attitude of poor self-esteem, it is an attitude of honor to God. He is the Conqueror over sin, not us. He is the Ruler of our souls, not us. He is the One to be praised, not our best efforts. To see yourself in the right place before the God of glory (remember Isaiah and Peter) is actually the place of great joy. Because in that place your life rightly lifts Jesus high … and don’t we all want to do that?!
May our repentance glory in the cross where sin met is match, so that our sanctification focuses on the glory and beauty of Jesus over the wretchedness of sin.
- Mark Spansel