This scripture highlights two foundational teachings in the body of Christ. This was foundational for the early church but most Christians today do not seem to understand the basic foundations. Most of what is being taught today is a works based religion, rather than a living relationship with Christ Jesus.
So what does repentance from dead works mean? How may of us have tried to please God by our own self-effort? We feel maybe if we pray longer, read more Chapters of the bible, fast long enough, we would be able to please God more. Maybe you have tried to be more holy by keeping a set of do’s and don’ts. We have replaced the 10 commandments with our own set of commandments, don’t do this, don’t do that, don’t touch this and don’t touch that. These are the Dead Works Paul was talking about in Heb 6:1. This sounds like what Paul was addressing in Col 2:20-23. “20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence”.
While it sounds good to make a bunch of rules for ourselves that we should keep in order to be more holy and righteous, that is not Gods way of making us holy and righteous. They do not deal with the root of the issue, which is the nature if sin in man. The way we get righteous and holy is simply by faith in Jesus Christ. Christ is our holiness and righteousness, its only because of Him we can approach God.
1 Cor 1:30 (Amp) says “But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God [revealing His plan of salvation], and righteousness [making us acceptable to God], and sanctification [making us holy and setting us apart for God], and redemption [providing our ransom from the penalty for sin]”
We are accepted in the Beloved, there is nothing we can do for God to love us any more than He already does. We must understand righteousness by faith and not by dead works. Living our lives to please God by works or keeping a set of rules only leads to condemnation and we fall from the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
We have faith towards God because He is faithful and trustworthy. We never need to approach Him in fear and condemnation because according to Rom 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. So we have confidence towards God and never need to question His faithfulness towards us. This sets us free to walk in the glorious liberty of the Sons of God, which is to walk in love. The unconditional love of God that has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. We have free access to all the power and grace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. This gives us total faith, confidence and boldness to trust Him in every situation that we find ourselves.
We submit ourselves totally to the grace of God; we do not lean on our own understanding. We are ever looking at what the Father is doing. Trusting in His love for us, enjoying His presence, then the peace of God that passes all understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.