The point of repentance is to turn your whole life from the pathway of sin into the pathway of grace. It is a matter of alignment. We were meant to “move, live, and have our being” (Acts 17: 28) in alignment with the presence of God in Jesus Christ. It is at the point of repentance that this alignment can begin to occur, regenerating and reshaping the soul that was marred and twisted by sin. Like a master craftsman shaping a sword out of a single ingot of steel, so God moves us through the fire of repentance to present us ready to begin the awesome journey of living life by grace through faith.
We will be forever now be turned upon the anvil of God’s love. Nothing will be missed as God begins to forgive us and deliver us from sin and lead us into fullness along paths of righteousness in the power of the Holy Spirit. This was the conclusion of the first gospel sermon ever preached: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2: 38) and it is what Jesus insisted upon when he said, “You must be born again”. (John 3: 7) “Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again’.” (John 3: 3) Yes, we must come to the point of repentance: a baptism of repentance away from our sin and a baptism into fulfilling all righteousness, a baptism of the Holy Spirit.