1 Sept 2020
We have looked at conversion as a lifelong practice of active repentance; we noted what John Calvin wrote regarding this. Let us read the late J.I. Packer’s opinion on this issue:-
“I believe that even as we who are Christians ought to praise God and give Him thanks, and make requests to Him daily, so we ought to repent daily. This discipline is as basic to holiness as any….facing, forsaking and fighting sins is a constant task. The further one goes in holy living, the more sin one will find in the attitudes of one’s heart, needing to be dealt with in this way. As the single-mindedness of our inward devotion is the real index of the quality of our discipleship, so the thoroughness of our daily repentance is the real index of the quality of our devotion. There is no way around that”. (Packer on Rediscovering Holiness)
Like Calvin, Packer is emphasising what Apostle Paul wrote:-
“… put off the old self (old man), which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self(new man), created after the likeness of God in true ri;ghteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-23).
After being ‘born again’ we are a new creation, created after the likeness of God, called to be holy and to be conformed to the image of Christ. This process of transformation in a fallen world, with indwelling sin, the influence of the sinful world, and the attacks of the evil one implies the need for lifelong repentance as we mortify the flesh and old self and put on the new self and new man after the image of our Master.