Repent and Be Saved!
2 Peter 1:2-4 (NKJV)
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus compared us to sheep? It’s partly because the primary way of making a living at that time was herding cattle and sheep. However, it is also because we are a lot like sheep. No matter how tough we act, we are susceptible to a good con job. Cattle will sense danger as they get close to the edge of a cliff and stop grazing and move somewhere else. If the grazing is good. A sheep will stop grazing, look at the edge of the cliff and start grazing again. They will literally graze off the cliff.
We humans are not much better than the sheep. Like the cattle, we sense the danger and turn (repent), but we don’t walk away like the cows. We look back at the good grazing (sin) and we turn back to the way we were and keep grazing (sinning).
There is a lot of talk in the church community about the sin nature. There are many preachers who deceive their congregations into thinking they retain the sin nature after salvation.
To repent indicates you are sorrowfully ashamed of the sins you have committed, and you are turning around and going in the opposite direction. If you are going away from sin, how can you live any longer in it? Having escaped the corruption of sin, we are then partakers of God’s divine nature. We have repented and we have been saved by the Grace of God.
Don’t allow anyone to con you into turning back and walking off that cliff. Keep following God, He will lead you to salvation.
Another argument I get all the time is that Christians have dirty or sinful thoughts. At one time I would have agreed with you. However, I have studied the bible and I have found in the bible where that would be incorrect.
Before we are saved, we look at the life of Christ for inspiration. Christ lived a life without sin from a boy until the day He died on the cross for the sins of the world. By looking and trying to imitate the life of Christ, we can see how to live as a Christian.
They argument is that Satan gets into our minds and leads us astray. Impossible!
When Christ was tempted, every time satan tried to get Christ to do something wrong, He simply quoted a verse of scripture to shut satan up. Some of the people that claim to be saved say that satan gets into their minds and causes them to sin.
Many of the young ministers today say the same thing. That’s because they study the parts of the bible that will make them money, not the parts that will make Christians.
Those ministers and converts that have studied the Bible know that God gave us three things to ensure our salvation.
- We have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor. 2:16)
- God’s Divine Nature. (2 Peter 1:2-4)
- The Holy Spirit living in us. (John 14:17)