“The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,” – Acts 17:30
The second step to redemption is repentance. This was not a new idea Jesus brought into the New Testament as even Job cried out in repentance (just one of many Old Testament figures who is recorded as doing so).
Some people want to jump from sin to forgiveness without repenting, while others want to simplify repentance to confession.
“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,” – Hebrews 10:26
This verse highlights the need for change after sin.
Confession is the first part of repentance, but after confessing the sin, we must repent, or stop participating in the sin.
This is integral as we must confess and repent to grow spiritually in God. It also makes the next step infinitely more meaningful.