Human Responsibility

What does Jesus require from us?

Jesus places two responsibilities upon man. We are to repent and believe in him. These are his absolute requirements. It is what God expects. Repentance and belief are really a recognition that we must place ourselves under God's Kingship: to be forgiven for the past rebellion and to chose to be under Gods rule for the future. The dying thief expressed it as "Lord, remember me when you come into your Kingdom." If we refuse, we chose not to be in his Kingdom and remain outside.

Our Responsibility

1. Repentance

Jesus says the first requirement upon man is repentance. This is not the same as remorse or regret. It is a recognition that we are not living in obedience with God's rule and it means a change of intent to seek to live our lives the way God requires. It means choosing to live God's way, accepting that his way is best, seeking forgiveness for all the times we have not obeyed God, and committing and re-committing to be under his Kingdom.

From that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say, "Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand."
Matthew 4:17

2. Believe on Jesus

Jesus says the second requirement upon man is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Believing on Jesus is more than just believing about Jesus. It means believing in his claims, accepting his teaching and accepting him as the one for whom we live.

Jesus answered the, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent."
John 6:29

Jesus explained that the belief required of man is more than intellectual by often expressing this responsibility in terms of the command "Follow Me". This indicates the requirement for submission and obedience which is an essential part of the commitment to believe that Jesus seeks.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Matthew 16:24

3. Grace through Faith

Our responsibility is repentance and belief. If we do this, God has promised to freely give entry into his Kingdom of eternal life with Jesus as the King. Salvation comes by grace and it is the gift of God, received through faith in Jesus.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8