Terms such as sin and repentance get tossed around with a variety of meanings. Understanding these two terms, however, is crucial to salvation. We must understand what sin is, how we are sinners by nature, who we sin against, and the consequences of it. Only then can we turn from it–or repent–and turn to God in full faith and desired obedience.
When God grants us salvation according to his grace, we respond with faith and repentance. Other terms such as justification, sanctification, and regeneration (being born again) often confuse Christians, too. God does this work and will be faithful to do it even if we do not know such theological terms and their meanings. When we grasp them though, it brings more hope and purpose to the Christian life, and we go deeper into the gospel and our God who has saved and changed us. It displays much of God’s character and love towards us which causes us to praise and glorify him more. Therefore, let’s ask God for wisdom as we seek to understand.
The following videos will help answer what each of these terms mean.