Repent and Be Saved

Ever wonder why some "Christians" seem to live lives no different than the self-centered sin filled lives of others?

Ever wonder why some "Christians" seem to live lives no different than the self-centered sin filled lives of others?

Could it be that we've stopped preaching the word that Paul was commissioned by Jesus to share with the world?

Paul wrote, "...but [I] kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance." Acts 26:20

Fact: People who "accept Jesus into their hearts" only in order to have a "full and wonderful life", or even an "abundant life", are still going to Hell even if they call themselves "Christians". They're still lost! They did not trust in Jesus to save them but to bless them with one of those abundant lives. NO! It is about being saved from the eternal and damning consequences of sin.

Again, why are they still lost? Because, they never experienced a need to be saved from the eternal consequences of their sin in the first place, did they? If they didn't see a need to be saved then Jesus cannot really be their Savior, can He?

Remember that nothing happens within the process of being saved until the Holy Spirit induces a believing/trusting heart. Once one understands and accepts that one is truly a sinner, then and only then can one believe and be saved. That's called repentance.

In the Greek, the root for repentance is simply "a change of mind."

"It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners..." 1Tim.1:15

Spiritually one cannot have any kind of savior without recognizing a need to be saved. Let's look at this logically. If a person is lost in the middle of the ocean and ignores the offer of a life preserver because they don't believe that they are going to drown without it then they are destined to drown. In order to truly grasp that lifesaver with a life saving grip one would have to believe how desperately one needs to be saved!

The same principle holds true spiritually. One must recognize the need to be saved in order to call out for help and be saved.

There's also no hope for the drowning people who have a passing thought that, "Well, just maybe I might drown eventually so how about if I wear a T-shirt with the picture of a life preserver on it? I'll join the club and that way I won't drown. I'll dress the part." And, so they go to church every Sunday, just in case. Especially Christmas and Easter!

Remember that just wearing a T-shirt with the picture of a life preserver (just going to church frequently) will be easy but it certainly won't do much good when it really counts.

God's clear call is to the lost sinner is for repentance first. He will give you the desire to repent, to change your mind regarding Jesus and truly acknowledge what He has accomplished with His death on the cross and then proving He is God Almighty by raising Himself from the dead three days later.

When you truly accept the life, death on the cross to pay the consequences of YOUR sin and His subsequent raising from the dead you are then instantly saved from the eternal damming consequences of your sin and then for the balance of eternity, beginning immediately, you live in the presence of Almighty God.

Forgiveness is all about Jesus and His atoning death on the cross.

You believe it fully enough to trust Him with your eternity and you are instantly saved.

On the other hand, if you think you've been saved because you've made a profession of faith but you've seen no change in your life, in your attitude toward sin and your devotion to God, then the evidence of scripture is that you may not be saved after all.

Again, those that "REPENT (REPENT: Change one's mind from disbelief to belief/trust) and turn to God"*, that is,

those that change their opinion about Jesus, trust Him and then realize (because the Holy Spirit has placed that understanding in their life) that from now on they want to live their life for God, focused on pleasing Him instead of being focused on their own selfish and sinful thoughts, ahhh, these are the ones that have lives different than the norm! Still far from perfect but under God's conviction to live holier lives.

While you may not be comfortable with my dogmatic approach to the issue, I'm sure you will agree that someone committed to serving God in their daily life because they've answered His call to "repent to be saved" is going to be different from the overwhelming majority of people in society.

This is the difference between those that think they are Christians because they go to church every week and those that honor God with their daily lives since they are saved and then committed to God..

Doesn't that make sense to you? Doesn't it clear up a lot of confusion? Doesn't it make sense that it is these people that God empowers to live a life pleasing to Him and that's why their lives are different from the norm? Doesn't it make sense because in the beginning they repented and then found Jesus because they were looking for a savior and their lives are different from the norm?

Remember too, that Peter wrote in 2 Peter 3:9 that the Lord is "...not willing that any should perish but for all to come to repentance"? It's not empty words and magic phrases like the "sinners prayer" that save but the trusting belief that Jesus has saved them


Do Christians still sin? Sure we do, but when Christians sin it really bugs us. It hurts us because we've failed God again. We can't sin habitually simply because it hurts too much. God won't let us get away with it without causing us enough pain to motivate us to stop.

(By the way, just between you and God now, how do you really feel about sin in your own life? "No big deal" or "Very frustrating"?
Does it feel good or ultimately make you feel bad?)

Jesus died for sinners when THEY WERE STILL SINNERS!
Isn't it time for you to obey the words of Jesus who said, "Repent {change your mind from disbelief to trusting belief} and Be Saved"?

*Acts 26:20 "...but [I] kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.

 

 

If you agree with the basic message contained above, that people must be convicted by God (convinced) of the fact that they are sinners in need of salvation from the eternal consequences of their sin in order to be saved, then please place links to this site in various locations that more people might read this.

Salvation is about redeeming SINNERS and until one recognizes that they are truly sinners in need of salvation then they are not really going to be turning to Jesus Christ for salvation but rather for a more abundant life, as in, "What's in it for me?" The question should only be, "What must I do to be saved?" The answer? Believe/trust in Jesus and His attoning death on the cross.

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