v 12. So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God.
The necessity of repentance may seem at first sight a very simple and elementary truth. And yet volumes might be written to show the fulness of the doctrine, and the suitability of it to every age and time, and to every rank and class of mankind. It is inseparably connected with right views of God, of human nature, of sin, of Christ, of holiness, and of Heaven. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. All need to be brought to a sense of their sins – to a sorrow for them – to a willingness to give them up – and to a hunger and thirst after pardon. All, in a word, need to be born again and to flee to Christ. This is repentance unto life. Nothing less than this is required for the salvation of any man. Nothing less than this ought to be pressed upon men by every one who professes to teach bible religion. We must bid men repent, if we would walk in the steps of the Apostles, and when they have repented, we must bid them repent more and more to their last day.
Have we ourselves repented? This, after all, is the question that concerns us most. It is well to know what the Apostles taught. It is well to be familiar with the whole system of Christian doctrine. But it is far better to know repentance by experience, and to feel it inwardly in our own experience. May we never rest till we know and feel that we have repented! There are no impenitent people in the kingdom of heaven. All who enter in there have felt, mourned over, forsaken, and sought pardon for sin. This must be our experience if we hope to be saved.