Bible Ballistics: BBs #282 Repentance Is A Must!!!
With all the talk going on around us about the most recent violence in America, I’d like us to examine an important topic; a topic that most don’t want to think about or talk about—that is repentance. While our Lord God Almighty and His Son Jesus Christ love with an unconditional love; a love that always does what is best for the recipient; God’s forgiveness is NOT unconditional. And without forgiveness none can enter God’s heaven—but that is why Jesus came! Jesus came to be the sacrifice necessary to provide the way of salvation—the forgiveness of sin, and salvation from the penalty of that sin. Because the penalty of sin is death-and we are all found guilty of SIN!
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
Scripture is replete with the message of salvation from “sin”, and that all are sinners. And while all sin, and all are offered the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ, not all are willing to hear the message and believe it, and to have faith to be saved. And that is the message that is so repulsive to many in our world today—in fact it’s been repulsive to most of the world since the beginning.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23
All have sinned, but we don’t have to remain in the throes of sin! We can come to Jesus and have victory over sin, death and hell, by repentance (Turning from our sin—our own way, and turning to God), and faith in God’s grace through His Son’s death for all who will believe and receive His sacrifice!
“But now being made free from sin,
and become servants to God,
ye have your fruit unto holiness,
and the end everlasting life.
23 For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God
is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:22-23
God is ready and willing to forgive those who will come to Jesus, but it must be in repentance from sin and faith toward Jesus and His sacrifice for sin!
“There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And Jesus answering said unto them,
Suppose ye that these Galilaeans
were sinners above all the Galilaeans,
because they suffered such things?
3 I tell you, Nay:
but, except ye repent,
ye shall all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen,
upon whom the tower in Siloam fell,
and slew them,
think ye that they were sinners above all men
that dwelt in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you, Nay:
but, except ye repent,
ye shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:1-5
If I might paraphrase this to our culture:
Someone else’s sin isn’t worse than yours—
It doesn’t matter how we “categorize” sin, IT’S SIN—
Just because some die in tragic ways,
that alone doesn’t make them worse than others—
Just because sins are made “popular” or “legal”,
It’s still SIN—
Throwing rocks at other’s sins,
Doesn’t negate our own sin—
As Jesus says clearly twice, “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish”! Unless we see our sin, we will never see a need for repentance nor a Savior! And without Jesus our future will be death and hell! There is only one way to have eternal life, and that is through Jesus, and we must come to Him in repentance (of our own way) and faith in His substitutionary, redeeming death for sinners on Calvary’s Cross! There is no other way.
“He is despised and rejected of men;
a man of sorrows,
and acquainted with grief:
and we hid as it were our faces from him;
he was despised,
and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows:
yet we did esteem him stricken,
smitten of God,
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the Lord hath laid on him
the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:3-6
The question isn’t ‘Did Jesus pay the price?’, for He did; the question is, ‘Will you turn from your way to God’s and receive the salvation that Jesus offers?’. There is no other way, regardless of what the popular voices in the world are saying. There will be an accounting; a time when all will answer before God, and bow before Jesus. The question isn’t “will you bow”, but rather “when will you bow”! Will you bow before Him now, as your Savior and Lord God, or will you bow before Him as your judge at the end? Will you experience His forgiveness and redemption unto life, or His wrath unto death? The choice is yours. Choose wisely!
“Giving thanks unto the Father,
which hath made us meet
to be partakers of the inheritance
of the saints
13 Who hath delivered us
from the power of darkness,
and hath translated us
into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption
through his blood,
even the forgiveness of sins:” Col 1:12-14
So will you “partake” of life with Jesus, or experience His wrath?
“And I saw a great white throne,
and him that sat on it,
from whose face the earth
and the heaven fled away;
and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead,
small and great,
stand before God;
and the books were opened:
and another book was opened,
which is the book of life:
and the dead were judged
out of those things
which were written in the books,
according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead
which were in it;
and death and hell delivered up the dead
which were in them:
and they were judged
according to their works.
14 And death and hell
were cast into the lake of fire.
This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written
in the book of life
was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15
And just in case you don’t know, that book of life is the “Lamb’s Book of Life”—and Jesus is the Lamb! Where is your name written? The Lamb died for you, and He wants to write your name in His book, but only by repentance and faith in His sacrificial death for YOU!
“And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Revelation 21:27
So in closing, it’s not any “special” sin that sends you to hell, but “any” sin that isn’t under the blood. And when we come to Jesus, He forgives and cleanses us from sin and makes us new! So count on Jesus, not your “lifestyle” whatever it is!
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17