Monday, January 30, 2017
Salvation is by REPENTANCE not by GRACE
The wrath of God comes on mankind because of sin. The only way to have salvation is to repent and turn away from sin. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of REPENTANCE, as gospel of SIN NO MORE, not just of "change your mind" but SIN NO MORE.
The so-called grace gospel that is being preached and believed by so many people in this world will take many to hell because they do not repent, they do not stop sinning. The wages of sin is death. They soul that sins will die.
I read from Luke 13: 1 "Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? 3“I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4“Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? 5“I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
6And He began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any. 7“And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?’ 8“And he answered and said to him, ‘Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; 9and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.’”
The wages of sin is death, and if we do not bear good fruit, fruit in keeping with repentance, holiness, righteousness, we will perish. This generation is UNREPENTANT. The churches of this world are UNREPENTANT, because they do not preach repentance, they justify their sin.
Christians will tell you that they are all sinners. What are they saying? They are saying :"We refuse to repent, we keep on sinning." And they justify their sin because they believe that the grace of God will cover their sin, will allow them to keep on sinning.
The grace of God leads us to repentance and if we do not bear good fruit, we will get CUT DOWN AND BURNED.
I read from Matthew 21:31 where Jesus was talking to the believers, the pharisees of that time, and He said to them:“Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. 32“For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him."
Church people and believers of this current day and age have no remorse over their sin. they have no repentance and therefor they will perish. They are exactly the same as those hypocritical believers in the time when Jesus Christ came.
John the baptist came to prepare the way and his message was repentance, but only few accepted his message. The hypocrites, the pharisees, did not accept his message. The very same today, the church people who believe that they are saved. The so called Christians, are unrepentant. they will quote you scripture verses about the grace of God, and how they can keep on sinning. They will tell you about the grace gospel. There is not grace for a person who keeps on sinning after he has heard the gospel of Jesus Christ.
John the baptist preached repentance. We read in Matthew 3:1"Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
3For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said,
“THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS,
‘MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD,
MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!’”
We read in verse 5 "Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan; 6and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.
7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8“Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance; "
They were UNREPENTANT.
He said, verse 10“The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
11“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Dera friends, the question is:Are we wheat or are we chaff? Are we sinners or are we bearing good fruit? Fruit of holiness and righteousness. are we living in God's way? Are we on the straight and narrow way? Have we repented? Have we changed our ways? Have we stopped sinning and are we living in holiness? Because if we don't we will all likewise perish.
This generation of Christians is UNREPENTANT. They refuse to repent and they will perish because they love their sin. They are worldly. The wages of sin is death. If you do not repent, you will perish.
Some of the unbelievers that hear the message take it seriously, they repent, they stop sinning, they are baptized and they follow Jesus Christ. They will go into the kingdom of heaven before this generation of sinning Christians.
Have you repented. Are you in Christ and are you bearing fruit? Or will you also be cut down and burned? Will you also likewise PERISH?
May Jesus bless you.