Repent is not a politically correct message in today’s world. I once sat in a class and heard a man say that we should not talk about sin. He stated that he had had a long relationship with Christ and the message should be more about the love of Christ. When I asked him what was the message that he shared when he told others of the saving grace of the Gospel; he was quite stumped.
We often hear of the verses that speak of the “fear of the Lord”, but few know of the verse that definitively defines this phrase. Some say that the root of the word “fear” also means “awe”, and it does but it does not completely define our phrase. This verse does; Prov8.13a The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. There it is plain and simple; God has left no doubt about what our phrase “the fear of the Lord” means…it means to hate sin. To love God is to hate sin. How will we tell someone to repent if we do not tell them what they are to repent from?
The Gospel of love is without power if it is not accompanied with the Gospel of salvation for sin. Jesus died on the cross for sin; He was a blood sacrifice for sin.
John3.16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Saved from what…sin? Talking about sin is politically incorrect, and it is also personally uncomfortable for many; the message of punishment is not well received in a cozy and comfortable world. One cannot talk about the love of Christ without hating sin.
Repentance is so important to God that He wrote the idea of repentance in Chapter 1 verse 4 of Mark, the first Gospel written. What than did God write as the first verse in the first Gospel written? Mark1.1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that beginning is repentance for sin for God clarified His gospel in verse 4; Mark1.4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The truth is important, to speak it boldly is important, and to have mature knowledgable teachers is just as important.
Published on Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 7:23 AM CDT