Repent, Believe, Confess, Dedicate
What is it to repent? It means to change your mind, or turn around. You’ve been looking in the wrong direction; looking at the world, looking at the pleasures of life, looking at your own selfish interests. Turn away from all these things; turn to God. Repent means making a right-about turn! So when the gospel commands you to repent, you repent from looking in the wrong direction and you turn your attention to God! In other words, there is a change of mind!
What is it to believe? It is to believe in the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. You repose your faith in a Person, the true and faithful Witness – the Lord Jesus Christ. What is the Work we are talking about? It is the Finished Work of Calvary. Yes, there on the Cross, the Lord Jesus cried out, “It is finished!” He has done everything for the redemption from sin for all mankind, and for your salvation, through the shedding of His blood on Calvary’s Cross. We are saved by the death of the Lord Jesus Christ; by the shed blood of Calvary.
“Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain
Free to all, a healing stream
Flows from Calvary’s mountain.”
What is it to confess? You open your mouth and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your heart, into your life. Romans 10.9,10 says with the heart one believes, but with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. The Lord Jesus knocks at the door of your heart (Rev 3.20); you open the door of your heart to let the Lord in. With your mouth you declare that Jesus Christ is your Saviour and you thank Him for the great gift of salvation.
What is it to dedicate yourself? You commit yourself totally to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in your life. He is not only Saviour; He is Lord. You enthrone Him as the Lord on the throne of your heart. It is a matter of total surrender. You acknowledge that He has purchased you with His precious Blood, and you are no longer your own; you belong to Him. You are His possession.
These are the four steps you take in order to receive the precious gift of eternal salvation. You repent and believe, you confess and dedicate your life to Christ.
[This is the message I heard from the man of God as he spoke in our church on 26th January 2014. And I thought nothing can be more lucid than these four steps to salvation. I must remember RBCD and that’s how I give the altar call!]