There is no BIRTH into the Kingdom without hearing the call to salvation, renouncing and turning from one’s sin to Jesus (Acts 3:9). There is no GROWTH in the Kingdom without obedience/submission to Jesus and a childlike responsiveness as a disciple, yielding to the teachings of God’s Word (James 1:22 25). There is no increase of FRUIT as a believer without willingness to be shaped, corrected, led and guided by the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:30). Repentance is directly related to our transformation as we acknowledge the truth of the Word and see ourselves in comparison to it. We should never think that admitting and repenting of our sins is a negative thing. It is a happy day when sin leaves our life. It opens the door to change, growth, and fruitfulness.
Our birth, growth, and bearing fruit all involve repentance. It is not just for the lost sinner but also for the sinning saint. Some believe once we are saved, once we reach a certain level of maturity, we will never need repentance. This may surprise you but older saints can still sin and mature saints still need to change and be transformed. Repentance is an ongoing process in our lives because it implies:
1. Renunciation/reversal of a former attitude/action.
2. Submission and teach-ability.
3. Continual shape-ability and willingness to change.
As long as we are growing and bearing fruit in our lives we will be involved with these things and repenting.