Sunday, January 1, 2012

“THE SON OF MAN MUST BE LIFTED UP” (Part 3)

  1. THE BLESSING OF THE CROSS (SALVATION FOR EVERYONE THAT BELIEVES).
 Have you ever repented of your sins?  Repentance has to do with sin.  It has to do with our attitude toward God.  Repentance is a change of mind as to who shall rule over us.  It is a decision of your will that God shall rule and self and Satan will be disposed.  “HAVE I REPENTED”?  It is a question of vital importance to every person.  If sinners do not repent they will be lost eternally.  The Lord Jesus said in (Luke 13:3, 5) “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish”.  It says in (Acts 17:30) “God … now commandeth all men everywhere to repent”.  Notice the words of this verse closely;

·        GOD” – “God” is the speaker.  Your creator.  The One before whom you must stand and give an account. 
·        COMMANDS” It is a Divine commandment that you repent.  God is not asking or begging.  He is commanding.
·        NOW” When should you repent?  The answer is “NOW”.  There is urgency about this matter.
·        ALL MEN” There are no racial exceptions or exclusions.  “All” means you my friend.
·        EVERYWHERE” There are no geographical exceptions or exclusions.  Dear reader, no matter where you live in this world, you are included.
·        TO REPENT” This is what you must do.  You must repent.  There is no salvation without repentance.  The message of the Gospel is “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ”. (Acts 20:21).

Why does God command all men to repent?  The reason is found in the following verse (Acts 17:31) “Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him (Jesus Christ) from the dead”.  This is the reason why you and I must repent..  Judgment is ahead and the Judge is the Lord Jesus Christ.  You will stand and give an account before the one that you rejected.  The Judge is the same one who died on the cross for your sins so that you might escape the judgment of God.

The Israelite not only repented.  It says that “when he beheld the serpent of brass, HE LIVED”.  The lesson is this my friend, you must repent and “look to the cross and behold the Blessed Savior who died in your guilty room and stead”.  You must believe in Him.  You must put your faith and trust in Him.  Have you ever looked to the cross for salvation? 

Will you “look and live”.  It says in (John 3:36) “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him”.  Dear reader, as you read this message you are at “the crossroads” in your life.  Which way will you go?  Will you reject the Savior and God’s offer of salvation?  Or, will you receive Him, by faith, to be your Lord and Savior?  It’s your decision and your responsibility.

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