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2 Corinthians 7:10 is not referring to eternal salvation/regeneration

2 Corinthians 7:10 is not referring to eternal salvation/regeneration


By Ron Bedell


 


“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)


 


The apostle Paul writes that Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation. While many take salvation as a reference to regeneration and eternal life, that does not fit the context. Paul is writing of the repentance of people already born again. Salvation here refers to deliverance from the deadly consequences of unrepentant sin, not only in this life, but before the Judgment Seat of Christ. For this reason, this type of sorrow should not be regretted. There are great temporal and eternal benefits for repentant sorrow.


 


In contrast the sorrow of the world produces death. Mere grief does not cause true repentance because it5 is not brought about by Godly conviction. Death here is not a reference to eternal death (that is, hell), but to physical, temporal death, or to the separation in fellowship that a believer experiences when he walks in the darkness rather than in the light (1 John 1:6). While this verse (2 Corinthians 7:10) is often used to prove that repentance is a second condition of regeneration, the context will not substantiate this position.