Repentance; it's a word which, for some, brings up images of "turn or burn!" placards. For others, it means forgiveness. Still, for others it means to stop doing sinful things in one's behavior. But just what is repentance... from a Biblical standpoint? More
Without repentance, according to Jesus Christ Himself, a person will be forever lost. We're saved by Grace through faith... but repentance is the key that unlocks the door to faith which in turn unlocks the door to Grace! Without it, the door remains closed and salvation is not obtained. The idea that repentance can be bypassed in the process of Salvation as well as sanctification is foreign to the New Covenant. Repentance is not merely a one time act that secures our place in Heaven; it must be a lifelong attitude of heart. This, and this alone, is true Biblical repentance.