Repentance will bring very close to God ever.
Man sinned and went short of the glory of God. This is what tr Bible teaches.
But after Jesus died at the cross, he brough reconciliations between a fallen man and God and man was restored back to his position of being a child of God.
The only way we come back to God is through repentance.
So repentance brings you very close to God.
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