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Wednesday, March 28 2012
Christ Died For Repentant Sinners
The Messiah (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah) was sacrificed at Passover to pay the death penalty for sinners. While all humans are sinners (it's even a sin to claim to be without sin, as stated in the verses below), repentance from sin, living a life of overcoming sin, is required for salvation. God is not going to grant the free gift of salvation to self-righteous Satanic rebels. Gifts are free, but they're given for a reason (see Works Means Obedience and Satan's Fall: From Conservative To Liberal).
"1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
The Christian prophet John (more popularly-known as "John the Baptist") taught that repentance is required for salvation: "Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand," for "he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea [see also What Was Strange About John The Baptist?], 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying,
"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? ... And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity"
Jesus Christ didn't need to repent because He never sinned. But the Messiah overcame the temptation to sin, exactly in the same way that His followers are to strive to repent, by overcoming the temptation to sin i.e. "4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15 KJV). The "temptation of Christ" was about that "overcoming" of the as-yet (until Christ's return) Satan's world ("the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me").
"4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil [see also Who's Hiding On Your Wall?]. 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
The Messiah used the analogy of a "strait gate" to salvation, while "broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction" of those who think they can just do as they please, rather than how God commands.
"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate [see The Strait Gate]: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Many Christian-professing "pastors" (see Hireling Shepherds) obediently parrot the people's demand that they can do whatever they please, in Christ's Name (i.e. "Christian"), but the LORD describes such a perversion as "While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption."
"2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
Repentance is a life-long process. No one is "saved" until it actually happens. Until then, "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost ... If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance."
"6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
Fact Finder: If they don't repent, what is going to happen to those who merely "believe on Jesus" - while they do whatever they please?
This Day In History, March 28
193: The accession of Didius Julianus, 20th Roman emperor (see also Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).
845: Paris was sacked by Viking raiders.
1800: The Act of Union with England was passed by the Irish Parliament.
1849: Frederick William IV of Prussia was elected Emperor of the Germans by the German National Assembly (see Emperors and Popes).
1854: Britain and France declared war on Russia in the Crimean War.
1917: Jews were expelled from Tel Aviv and Jaffa by Ottoman/Turkish authorities (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1930: Constantinople (which was named after the Roman emperor Constantine; listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy and see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad) and Angora changed their names to Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey.
1933: The Reichstag (the German Parliament) gave dictatorial powers to Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion). That same day, the Nazis banned Jews in all businesses, professions and schools in Germany.
1939: The Spanish Civil War ended when Madrid fell to Francisco Franco.
1945: Germany launched the last of the V-2 rockets against Britain.
1968: The U.S. lost its first warplane in Vietnam when an F-111 vanished on a combat mission over North Vietnam. According to most reliable estimates, by the end of the war, all branches of the U.S. military had over 2,000 fighter aircraft and 7,000 helicopters lost in Vietnam. The U.S. involvement in the Vietnam civil war was very profitable for a few manufacturers of weapons and machines of war - as warned in 1961 by retiring President Dwight Eisenhower who stated that the "military-industrial complex" would get the U.S. into endless and needless wars for the business of war - until the war profiteers ("the disastrous rise of misplaced power") would eventually "bleed" the U.S. dry.
"Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.
1979: Equipment failures and human error led to a partial core meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor in Middleton, Pennsylvania.
2003: In one of numerous "friendly fire" incidents during the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions, two U.S. A-10 Thunderbolts attacked British tanks in Iraq.
2005: A magnitude 8.7 earthquake struck Sumatra.