“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,”
Heb 6:1

What do we mean when we say “repentance from dead works?”

It refers to a change of mind about the demand of the Law of Moses..

Even though the Law was good, it was weak because of the weakness of our sinful flesh..

The Old Testament form of repentance is the turning away from evil deeds that bring death…{Rom 6:23} and turning to God…

But the Jew under the Mosaic Law, turned to God in a “superficial” fashion, fulfilling the “letter” of the Law as evidence of his repentance..leaving the inner man still DEAD…

This type of repentance did not bring salvation…

But under the New Covenant, repentance toward God is coupled with faith in Christ and His sacrificial death on the cross….

Therefore, what is needed for salvation is not “lifeless works” that cannot save, but faith directed towards God..

“Repentance from dead works”, therefore, is the doctrine that says we must repent from trusting in our own works to save us, which are dead works. Instead, we must trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation…

Once we become saved, the blood of Christ will change our conscience from the old dead works into the new works of serving the living God..

These new works are implemented in the 2 most important commandments as laid out by Jesus…

36..”Master, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?
37.. Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
38..This is the first and great commandment.
39..And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matt 22:36-39

11..But Christ being come a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12..Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13..For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctified to the purifying of the flesh:
14..How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Heb 9:11-14


Galatians 2:16 – “man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ… for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.”

Ephesians 2:8 – ” 8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

2 Timothy 1:9 – “saved by grace, not according to our works”

Titus 3:5 – “not by works of righteousness which we have done”

Romans 3:21-22 – “by the works of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight”

Romans 4:4-5 – “Now to him that works, is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.”

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