Tag: repent or perish

Thankful for repentance!

Scripture reading for September 13th:  Ezekiel 30-33

Key Scriptures:  Ezekiel 33:10-11  “”Son of Man, say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what you are saying:  “Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of them.  How then can we live?”‘  Say to them,’As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.  Turn!  Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?'”

God’s people were groaning from the consequences of their sins.  The curse of broken law brings consequences as surely as gravity brings a falling object to the ground.  Where was the remedy so God’s people could live?  God declared His love for them by calling them to repent and believe in His grace!  It was as simple as calling on Him for mercy and acknowledging their sins and turning from them! There is no other escape for sinners found in the Word of God.

Jesus called all to repentance:  “I tell you, no!  But unless you repent, you too will all perish.  Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them–do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no!  But unless you pent, you too will all perish.”   (Luke 13:3-5)

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The narrow door!

 Scripture reading for March 22nd:  Luke 13

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 13:23-25  “Someone asked Him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”  He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.  Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’  “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.”

There was concern among those who heard Jesus teach about the need for repentance that only a few people would actually be saved.  They asked Jesus this very question.  His answer was to encourage them to ‘make every effort to enter through the narrow door.’   We know that Jesus Christ alone is the gate or door to enter the kingdom of God.  (John 10:1,7) (John 14:6)  Repentance is the necessary heart condition to enter this narrow door.  Jesus had just plainly told the people, “Unless you repent, you too will all perish.”  (Luke 13:5)  The key to the ‘door’ is repentance and this requires taking responsibility for our sin and turning to Jesus for forgiveness and grace.  Through personal faith in Jesus Christ, we enter the ‘narrow’ Door!

Observations for over-comers:  Jesus warned that many would try to enter their own way and be left outside knocking and pleading for admittance.  They would be denied access because of no ‘key’!  “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”  (Proverbs 14:12)

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Ready to meet God?

Scripture reading for April 9th: Luke 13:1-22

“Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.  Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?  I tell you, no!  But unless you repent, you too will all perish.  Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them–do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no!  But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:1-5)

We sometimes have a tendency to make judgments about violent events or deadly natural disasters.  It is easy to speculate that God punished the ones who died because of some hidden vile sin and they deserved it.  Some came to Jesus with a report of some Galileans who had been slaughtered by Pilate as they were offering sacrifices.  They were probably Jewish Zealots who had gone to Jerusalem to the temple and Pilate had them brutally slaughtered to eliminate the possibility of sedition.  The common theology would have said that they suffered in this way because of God’s judgment!  Jesus said this was not necessarily the case.  The real need was for those now hearing Him to repent themselves!

Jesus then brought up another report of a collapsed tower that had fallen on workers and killed them.  If these were Jewish workers, they were working for the Romans and the common judgment was that God punished them for their compromise with the pagan Roman government.  Jesus said that this was also not the case.  The people’s greatest concern should be for their own readiness to meet God.

Dying without repentance is the worst possible thing that can happen to anyone!  God must judge them for their sins when they could have found forgiveness and eternal life.  Jesus went on to warn them that they also must produce fruit in their lives.  Like the story of the fig tree that had only taken up valuable space but produced no fruit, God is looking for fruit from each person and His people.  His patience will run out and the tree without fruit will be cut down!  It’s time to focus on our own hearts and quit judging others!  Facing the Lord could happen at any time!  I want to be ready!

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Degrees of sin?

Scripture reading for April 9th: Luke 13:1-22

“Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.  Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?  I tell you, no!  But unless you repent, you too will all perish.  Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them–do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no!  But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:1-5)

We sometimes have a tendency to make judgments about violent events or deadly natural disasters.  It is easy to speculate that God is punishing the ones who died because of some hidden vile sin and they deserved it.  Some came to Jesus with a report of some Galileans who had been slaughtered by Pilate as they were offering sacrifices.  They were probably Jewish Zealots who had gone to Jerusalem to the temple and Pilate had them brutally slaughtered to eliminate the possibility of sedition.  The common theology would have said that they suffered in this way because of God’s judgment!  Jesus said this was not necessarily the case.  The real need was for those now hearing Him to repent themselves!

Jesus then brought up another report of a collapsed tower that had fallen on workers and killed them.  If these were Jewish workers, they were working for the Romans and the common judgment was that God punished them for their compromise with the pagan Roman government.  Jesus said that this was also not the case.  The people’s greatest concern should be for repentance themselves.

Dying without repentance is the worst possible thing that can happen to anyone!  God must judge them for their sins when they could have found forgiveness and eternal life.  Jesus went on to warn them that they also must produce fruit in their lives.  Like the story of the fig tree that had only taken up valuable space but produced no fruit, God is looking for fruit from each person and His people.  His patience will run out and the tree without fruit will be cut down!  It’s time to focus on our own hearts and quit judging others!  Facing the Lord could happen at any time!  I want to be ready!

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Repent or Perish!

Scripture reading for October 26th: Luke 13-15

When tragedy strikes, it is easy to make judgments about why people were killed.  It is easy to assume that those who die are under the judgment of God, or possibly were just ‘unlucky’.  We don’t have explanations for some things that happen,  like tornadoes and earthquakes.  Other tragedies like 9-11-2001 are man-made and some accidents are the result of human error.  People are always curious about these things because it causes them to think about death, God, and what happens afterward.

“Now there were those present at that time who told Jesus about Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.  Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?  I tell you, no!  But unless you repent, you too will all perish.  Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them–do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no!  But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:1-5)

Jesus was faced with people who struggled to understand why good religious people were killed by Pilate.  They were perplexed by the suffering and death and answers about why this would happen.  Jesus brought up another case, the accident that took 18 lives in Jerusalem when a tower fell on them.  In both of these cases, Jesus reassured people that these were not worse sinners than any others!

What Jesus was trying to tell them is that all men need forgiveness.  We cannot judge others as any worse sinners than we are.  We must look in the mirror and deal with what we see there in our own hearts.  Sin brings death eternally.  Unless we repent, we all will die in our sins and then perish!   (Hebrews 9:27)  The only remedy is repentance.  Repentance is confessing our sins by taking ownership and turning away from them to God and His mercy in Jesus Christ.  This is the only way to keep from perishing!

What does ‘perish’ really mean?  When we die in sin, we will stand judgment before Jesus Christ at the White Throne of Revelation 20:11-15.  Those who are unsaved will be cast into the lake of fire for eternal torment.  This is ‘perishing’.  Take an inventory of your state of repentance before it’s too late!

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