Q. Regarding OSAS, I believe many people wonder. What about repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I read “I repented before I knew the meaning of the word. I have repented far more since than I did then”. How do you compare “Believe on the Lord Jesus” and “repentance”? That’s not talked about much.
A. To repent means to change our mind. We first repent when we change our mind about our behavior, and realize that it’s sinful. Then we change our mind about our need for a savior and ask Jesus to save us from our sins.
Since our salvation is based solely on our belief that Jesus died for our sins (John 3:16), that’s the only repentance that’s required for salvation. As soon as we ask Him, He agrees to save us and to keep us saved forever (Ephes. 1:13-14).
After we’re saved, the Holy Spirit helps us change our mind about how we’re living and we begin doing things that please the Lord out of our gratitude for having been saved.