“He forgave you before you repented. That’s crucial. See, that is why it is so outrageous. The gospel is really vulgar, crass and immoral because it says God forgives the world before it repents. In the gospel, repent is always repent and believe. It means turn yourself around from not trusting the forgiveness and trust it. That’s it. It doesn’t mean that you earn it by repenting. You had it before.”

Robert Farrar Capon

This has been a hard pill to swallow for me. I’m not sure why, but I have an idea.


Everything around me from work, family, and culture tells me that I have to do something.

Scratch my back I’ll scratch yours.

Eye for an eye

Do unto others as they have done to you. WFV

We live in a merit-driven society. Works are driven into us from every angle. Family, school, work, friends, and church.

One of the primary works we have would be the work of repenting.

If I could just repent more, I’d be forgiven.

That is a terrible weight. Thankfully Mr. Capon reminds us the pressure’s off.

You’ve been forgiven.

Past tense.

Let me clarify, I am not saying that you do not need to confess and repent any longer. You do and you should. What I am saying is that when you confess and repent, you are aligning yourself with the forgiveness that has already been granted. Receive it.

All the prophets tell us about Him and assert that every person who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness of sins through His name.

Acts 10:43 VOICE

Your repentance, metanoia, is changing the way you think to believe that forgiveness has been granted and then to walk in that truth. Truth is truth whether you believe it or not. Start believing it and watch your entire life change.

Your repentance is not the act of trying to get convince God that you’ll do better, and if you say it just right, he’ll forgive you. It’s the act of convincing yourself that He has already forgiven you.

Repentance isn’t the key to forgiveness being granted. Repentance is the key to forgiveness being received.

The keys are already in your pocket.

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