"Repent or Perish"
Jesus Christ made this statement in His ministry; "--- except you repent, you shall all likewise perish," Luke 13:3. What did Christ really mean by this statement?
Some people were telling Christ about a tragic event involving a few seemingly innocent people who were carrying out a Scriptural religious law and custom of presenting their sacrifices as blood offerings at the alter. However, during these people's religious example in their life the government leader at that time caused these people's own blood to be mixed with the blood of their sacrifices and those people in Christ's presence evidently were asking Christ why these people perished? Or in other words why did God permit these religious people to be killed? Christ said to those people in his presence then, and for all people today in Luke 13:3 "----Suppose you that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things, I tell you, No, but except you repent, you shall all likewise perish." Then Christ brought up another news event of His day in verse 4 by telling them of accident concerning 18 people, upon who the tower in Siloam fell and killed them all. Christ said, "think you that these people were sinners above all men that dwell at Jerusalem." Christ once again repeated His earlier statement of warning, -- "Except you repent, you shall all likewise perish."
In the earlier incident, these people were bringing in their sacrifices usually as acts of repentance for sin, but yet they evidently were not really repentant, or Christ would have not said what He did in these verses "except you repent, you shall all likewise perish." What does Christ really mean for people to understand about repentance in regard to one's life and their Christian faith that would prevent their perishing? Every person must first come to understand why he has been created and what is the purpose of his life.
Ever since Adam, every person has been created and born outside of having chosen the tree of life, instead they have accepted the life by their human birth of living by and bearing the fruit of the forbidden tree. This means everyone has been born lacking in understanding of his purpose of life and this is all the result of man's choosing through his birth through Adam to follow and eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the forbidden tree. In reality this decision and fruit of eating from this tree is what everyone today calls his human nature and is what everyone believes God gave to man rather than the truth that man chose this in the beginning. This is the choice to decide his own life by his own standards, to live his life by that forbidden tree and has accepted the fact that he will have to live with it the rest of his life unless he can see the need to chose otherwise. God says the end result of one following and bearing the fruit of this forbidden tree, which man calls his human nature, is to perish. So this means every person living today will perish unless there is a big, big change made by them in their life and that is for them to desire to live their life by the Word and fruit of the tree of life which God told man to eat from in the very beginning, if he really wants eternal life, salvation in His Kingdom, Gen. 3:1-22.
The ministry of the Churches of God and the churches of Jesus Christ have confused their people about the meaning of the two trees that God set in the garden. They have defined and greatly reduced their meaning in describing the two trees as meaning two ways of man to live; the way of give and the way to get. They have made their followers to believe that their brethren are to give and the ministers are to get. The big change of rejecting the forbidden tree to accepting the tree of life is a much greater change in one's life than just the meaning of to give and to get.
What is this big change in one's life called? That big change is called repentance and conversion. This change must begin with a person coming to see that he must reject his human nature, his own way of reasoning and living his life by his standards of conduct. When a person comes to see and understand this teaching of God's Word, he is understanding the very foundation where repentance must begin. In reality this is rejecting the way of the forbidden tree that God has commanded mankind not to eat and live from its fruit. All human life at birth has accepted to live by the fruit of this forbidden tree and will perish unless they understand this, repent of it and then accept the tree of eternal life. God's tree of life is His way of His standards and commandments for life and everyone must obey in order to be accepted by God the Father and Jesus Christ?
This is where real repentance first begins and will result in a total and genuine repentance , and not some mouth spoken shallow repentance that the overwhelming majority of professing Christians have confessed in their life. Real repentance is a true genuine Godly repentance that takes place in one's heart and mind that changes one's whole outlook on his life and his purpose of life. This Godly repentance involves the converting of the mind and heart from the following one's flesh to the following and leading of God's Spirit. This means a new beginning for man by him recognizing and by burying his human nature, his old nature, his fleshly way of living and measuring his life, to a new spiritual way of life of living by and being measured by God's commandments. This will result in person's being born again of God's Spirit now, before the change to spirit composition at the resurrection that many have been misled in believing is the meaning of being born again. A change and repentance in a saint that has produced love for God and love for the brethren through the help of the gift of God's Spirit, then this saint can say he has been born of God. He has been born again of the Spirit to be led by God's Holy Spirit and not by his flesh and human nature. Read about it in I John 2: 27, 4:7 and I John 5:1.
Christ has promised after His first coming to this earth, that He would come back again a second time to resurrect His saints to eternal life to live eternally in God's Kingdom, but who are His saints? These are His righteous people, His brethren who truly did repent of their sins and have been born again of God's Spirit, who are being totally led by God's Spirit. These are not brethren, who are still following the forbidden tree, the tree of following the flesh and believing no one can be born again of the spirit now. But these are Christ's brethren, who have crucified the flesh, and have buried their human nature, the way of human reasoning, in a watery grave, called baptism. These are not brethren who after baptism and lack of growth in God's Spirit, have resurrected the old flesh as some have, and cleaned it off and are trying to get some more life out of the flesh and its desires. But these are the righteous saints who have gotten rid of their human nature that has been passed on them through a physical fleshly birth, the result of man eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. His true spiritual saints have crucified that fleshly way in their lives and now live by a Spiritual nature. They have been born again now of the Spirit of God. God's Spirit now leads and directs their life. These saints can now judge the tree by its fruit.
These are His righteous saints whose salvation has come about only through the way Jesus Christ has made known in His Word. This way comes about through repentance and being forgiven of his sins by one's coming to know and accept Christ as one's Savior where He says in John 3:16 "-----whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." This faith in Jesus Christ is based on a person's first understanding about this Scriptural repentance which is the beginning key that opens the door to forgiveness of one's sins in order that one can be saved by Christ. Christ inspired Peter to write in II Peter 3:9 - "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, (His promise concerning His judgment upon the earth and His coming for His saints) as some men count slackness, but is long-suffering to upward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. "
Understanding this Godly repentance is vitally important key to every believer, or else all other keys of saving knowledge will be to no avail. The very first words that Jesus Christ taught when He began to preach the Gospel were the words, "Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand," Mat. 4:17. Did Jesus Christ at this time use these words about repenting to introduce people to a gospel that was to focus people's attention about the coming Kingdom of God or just accept the name of Christ with out any real conversion? Was this the Gospel Jesus Christ taught which by the way are words that can not be found in all of His teaching as being the gospel? However, this perverting of the gospel has been and still is the teaching of the Churches of God, and the Churches of Jesus Christ and has been taught to misfocus and pervert the true Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom.
The Churches of God taught the gospel as being the "coming Kingdom of God" , but this is not Christ's gospel, but really another gospel. Also the gospel of Christ is not a faith only gospel. The true Gospel that Christ taught was the good news focused about Christ as Savior and His Grace, and that Christ is the Savior that came from God's Kingdom to teach people if they would repent of their sins, they could then receive Christ's Grace, His mercy, and His forgiveness with the saving understanding how they would not perish, but could have eternal life in God's kingdom? Christ was telling these people what they must first do, and that was they must first repent, in order to understand that the gospel was not a gospel to be a focused on a good news message about God's coming Kingdom , or a faith only gospel but to give people understanding about God's Kingdom, that Jesus Christ was the GOOD NEWS sent from God's Kingdom as the Savior for mankind. Christ was presenting to the people, how through Him, a way was being made how they could be in God's Kingdom. But first people had to learn about repentance, in order to even be accepted to be forgiven of their sins and Christ along with John the Baptist explained to all of His disciples, what they were to learn about repentance.
Jesus Christ taught the people in His presence that the very God representative and Savior from God's Kingdom, who could grant them understanding about repentance and forgiveness, was in their presence at that moment by His statement "that God's Kingdom was at hand." Christ was saying that the gospel, the good news, of how they could have life in God's Kingdom was in their presence. The opportunity to learn and understand about how they could become an eternal living being in God's Kingdom was before these people in the presence of Jesus Christ at that moment. Do people today really understand about repentance and bearing fruit of their repentance as it pertains to becoming a member of God's Kingdom?
John, the Baptist, told the religious people in his day, who came before him as the Pharisees and Sadducees, that they must bring forth fruit fitting of repentance, if they desired to be taught how they could be in God's Kingdom, Mat. 3:7-8. For the most part those religious people at that time did not bring forth true repentance, nor do they today. Many learners of the Scriptures believe the Pharisees and Sadducees were zealous commandment keepers, but the fact of truth is that they were not and Christ said they were not and they needed to repent of breaking God's law. They were partakers of the forbidden tree and its fruit, and it showed in all of their lives. It seems it is the religious people, who are people who profess to be of God, but who are the most blinded to their sins and cannot or will not understand about genuine repentance. Religious people become so entrenched in their false teaching, their belief system, their religious sacred cow created from following the forbidden tree, that it blinds them from the truth coming from Jesus Christ and prevents them from humbling themselves to see their sins in order to repent.
Why is it that people and especially religious people will not repent? It is basically because they will not commit themselves to understand about the repentance taught by Christ. Secondly, they have their own standard of law and conduct for living their lives and they see no need to change, and they will not repent of that standard and follow God's standard of law and conduct, all because of their pride and the need to humble themselves. Why is this so? It is all because of their pride, their ego, in their own righteousness, and the holding on to the self, the old man of the flesh and all of its reasoning and will not give up living by the forbidden tree. People and especially religious people are unwilling and refuse to humble themselves as a little child so they can understand about their sins and repent, and be converted, as Christ has instructed, Mat. 18:3-4, "Unless you humble yourself, as a little child you cannot really repent and be converted in order to enter God's Kingdom."
Today, this world is experiencing and seeing numbers of people perishing in all kinds of mishaps and accidents . There are earthquakes that are killing many thousands of people. There are terrible storms in the weather either through flooding, or fierce winds of tornadoes and hurricanes, and all are causing the perishing of hundreds of people. There are many lives that perish through car, bus, plane, boat, and train crashes every year. A great number of shooting sprees that cause people to perish at very young ages. Many people at a earlier age, very young people, are dying of diseases such as cancer, heart failure, brain tumors, as many other such illnesses. And all of these deaths are much like the example that happened during Christ's physical existence in which the tower of Saloam fell killing 18 people, and Christ was asked by the people why this happened? Why does God allow these things to happen? Were these people sinners above all men? Christ answered them saying, "Except you repent, you shall all likewise perish," Luke 13: 4-5. All of those people in Christ's presence, that did not repent at that time, did perish without receiving salvation. All people today that will not understand what is true repentance and will not repent will also perish without receiving salvation in God's wrath and judgment coming to this earth.
Will the world repent of its sin? In all probability, and as the society is going, it will not repent, but what about you? Why will people not repent of their sins? Is it because every nation and its people live by fruit of the forbidden tree, meaning each nation and its people have their own standards they live by spelled out in their country's constitution and laws. And by the fact that people have been led by different religious teachings to believe that everyone can decide for themselves, what their standard of conduct will be, as long as it stays within the nation's civil law system whose system at the same time have been rejecting God's constitution, His standards and commandments? So today most people feel they are generally good people and see no need of repentance. The only problem with all of this is that God will have the final say so, or judgment at the end of each person's life, and that judgment will be based on His law given in His Word, not man's word, man's constitution or religions. James 2:10-11 gives understanding about God and His standard as what He demands of each person and by this, all will be judged.
So you and everyone must eventually answer to God the Father, and Jesus Christ based on what His 10 commandments command, or you will perish. Everyone should realize that your life is really very short and opportunities for repentance are passing you by daily! God says, "Every knee will bow and confess and give account of himself to God," Romans 14: 11-14. Any professed minister who teaches repentance to some of God's Ten Commandments, but not all ten of them, is putting a stumbling block or cause to fall or perish in his brother's way. They have accepted the popular false teaching of professed Christianity that a true Christian even in his best day is still a sinner or all sin every day, and then quote I John 1:8. God does not permit in salvation everyone to pick and choose which commandments he will obey, James 2: 10-11. Obeying and keeping all of God's 10 commandments through the help of God's Holy Spirit is eating and accepting to live by God's tree of life. Christ said, "In order to have eternal life you must keep the commandments," Matthew 19:17, and He means all of them, not 9 or most of them. Christ also defines the meaning of His commandments, and how His commandments are to be kept, and it is not by man's reasoning and his following of the forbidden tree, but God's definition spelled out in His Word of how they should be kept.
In the next years, more and more people are going to likewise perish if they don't repent! So everyone needs to understand, without sincere, total repentance, there will be no protection for any one from perishing in whatever incident that might arise and even at an early age. Christ and His disciples preached repentance, Matthew 4: 17, Mark 6: 12, Peter in Acts 3:19, Paul in Acts 17: 30. John taught it through Christ's revelation in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. Any professed to be brother might be following an organization or church that reads from the Bible and teaches some principle of truth, but then mixes it with error. God says this perverts His Word makes the whole teaching unclean, deception, or sin, James, 2: 10-11, Haggai 2: 11-14 and Proverbs 15: 8-9.
Any teacher of all professed Christian believers that does not teach repentance as being based on the change of heart that directs one to the obeying all of the Ten Commandments and every statute that details and magnifies the love of God in His laws, is a false teacher or minister, following a false Christ, and will be preaching a false conversion that leads people into deception. This will cause people to perish in the days ahead. Repentance based on obedience to all of the Ten Commandments, is a bedrock, foundational teaching of Christ, His apostles, prophets, and throughout all of His Word, and is a fact of truth that no one can receive Christ's Grace, His favor, forgiveness, justification, and God's Spirit without repentance and obedience to His Ten Commandments, James 2: 11, 14, 17, 20, 24, 26.
Repentance and your minister
Your Repentance is not to be based on following the example of some minister who has not repented and is still following and eating from the forbidden tree that many brethren have accepted to be their example to follow. Christ says you can know if any minister is a truly repentant and is a commandment keeping minister and a minister of Jesus Christ by examining his fruit. Do you know your minister by his fruit or do you know his fruit only by what he is always telling you about himself, and the fact that he professes to be a commandment keeper, but by his fruit is he truly a commandment keeper?
Some self-appointed pastors may preach repentance of sins without giving you a complete picture of sin and its true meaning of commandment transgression and by this either eliminates or greatly minimizes total obedience to God's commandments. In reality, many of these self-appointed ministers have never destroyed the forbidden tree in their life, the way of flesh and their own way of reasoning, and so will teach the keeping of the commandments by their example and the way they believe they should be obeyed which is all the fruit of the forbidden tree.
You can know a true minister by his fruits of keeping God's commandments, Matthew 7:15-20. Does his fruit consist of him obeying all of the Ten Commandments by his example, and how thorough is he in teaching God commandments. One commandment that is easy to check out in particular in his life, is he really obeying the 4th commandments that deals with keeping the Sabbath Holy, I John 2:4. Does he profane God's Sabbath, and does he have his own definition of how the Sabbath is to be kept. God's definition of keeping the Sabbath is commanded by Him that we are not to work or pay or ask someone to work for us on the Sabbath. Does this minister ask or pay anyone to work for him on the Sabbath, it he does then this is some of the fruit Christ warns us all to look for in the proving of one's minister, whether he is a true or false minister. Is he teaching and obeying what God says in His Word or what his hierarchical head minister teaches about the Sabbath? Your minister and His fruit can be easily proved by going to God's teaching of His commandments and prove to yourself if he following God and His Word or some exalted minister in his church ministry hierarchy.
Christ says to that minister and everyone following him that they all will perish if all will not repent and begin obeying His commandments. Yes professed ministers and Christians state they have repented and that they "L-O-V-E the Lord," but only by you examining their fruit and their submission to obeying God's commandments can you know if they have truly repented and really do love God, I John 5:2-3. The 1st commandment states that you must put God above your many possessions, money, excessive fleshly appetites, and unlawful desires (body destroying vices) that dominates your life. Is money put first in your minister's life? Is the worship of money and his desire for money causing him to break God's first commandment. Is he always bringing up about money and how much God's work (really his work) needs your money. The truth is he needs your hard worked for money, not God, other wise if he can not convince you to give more to him, he will have to go to work and begin to obey the 4th commandment " --six days you shall work--."
Does this minister exact (steal, breaking the 8th commandment) money from you and the other brethren through a non- commanded 30% tithing system (tithe means only 10%). John the Baptist was explaining about repentance in Luke, and about exacting money no more than God has appointed when some tax gathers came to him desiring to know about repentance and to be baptized, Luke 3:8-13. Exact means to obtain by or as if by force or authority and this is what is put on the lowly brethren once they begin sending in money in a way of offering to these ministers' so called God's work. They tell these new brethren after they have give a few offerings, that God commands them to set aside 3 different tithes and command this without God's authority, without showing you in scripture the words first, or second, or third tithe. God does command one tithe, but not three. Soon they will baptize you if you have repented to them and commit your life to following them and their church's religious system and teachings. This religious belief system carried out and taught by the Church of God ministry and its fellowship comes first with them and must be to you if you fall for their deception. A genuine and true repentance is not even taught, instead a repentance to them is what is taught with peer pressure to follow them and their false gospel teaching of a coming Kingdom of God rather than the true Gospel of Christ based on a real and genuine repentance?
Not only do some brethren put their minister first, some people put their mates and children and their demands before God, Matthew 10: 35-37. This is all because brethren have not been taught a real repentance, one that is accepted with Jesus Christ. Christ proved to a young ruler with many possessions that his possessions came first before God and the following of Christ, Mat. 19:16-19. This man was committing idolatry. You will perish if you do not repent of idolatry. Most religious people in their worship do not put God first in their life! God warns people, "Keep yourselves from idols," I John 5:21.
In the 2nd commandment God commands you not to worship any idol, image or likeness of God the Father and Christ. Today, there are many such false images and likenesses of Christ that are worshipped, such as a false christ that did away with God's ten Commandments. A false christ that doesn't demand a real and genuine repentance with obedience to the commandments, is a false christ made in the image of the real Christ but who doesn't demand conditions for salvation except just confessing and believing in Christ's name. A false image is made of Christ when a great church leader causes people to believe, that he is "Christ led" in all of his teachings even though his teachings can be proven from God's Word to be in error and are lies. Yet he convinces his followers that he is Christ's representative and thereby creates a false Christ and image of Christ in himself and leads his own called and controlled sheep in deception and idolatry. Nearly all of professed Christianity is guilty of worshipping this false christ.
Christ predicted in Matthew 24: 24, "there shall arise false Christs and false preachers, showing great signs and wonders (religious works, missionary work, revivals, charitable givings, evangelistic campaigns, emotional messages, all subtle deceptions of Satan to keep people off guard to the real truth about salvation), and if it were possible they shall deceive the very elect." The chosen of God, who study the Bible for truth rather than follow error of teachers and will not follow these deceptions of men, and of false Christs. Any person who will not repent of this and continues to follow these deceptive, false Christs will perish!
The 3rd commandment commands people (if you really love the Lord) not to take His Name in vain, meaning more than just cursing on the job, TV, etc., but people take His Name in vain by professing His Name without true repentance. Matthew 24: 5, "Many will come in His name professing Jesus is the Christ and shall deceive many." This is what most religions teach, "Just profess Christ and you are saved," without acknowledgment of repentance of breaking God's Ten Commandments. There is no forgiveness without repentance, and there is no repentance without knowledge and understanding all of the Ten Commandments. Christ blasted the religious leaders of His day for deceiving the people about God's law and salvation. Read Matthew 23: 13, 5, 24, 33. This same correction applies to religious leaders today who likewise cut off salvation to the people and substitute a false christ and a false salvation. Everyone will perish who does take His Name in vain!
Did Christ come along and change God's 4th commandment from the command to remember, to forget the 7th day, and now remember the 1st day through a man-made, falsely counted, proposed 1st day resurrection and twisting other Scriptures to give man unauthorized authority to change God's law? In the process, they have taken away from the Word and done some adding to it, which God condemns in Duet. 12: 32, Duet. 4: 2 and Revelation 22; 14, 18, and 19. Christ did not give any authority to anyone to change His Sabbath Day from the 7th day to the 1st day, so everyone who is working on the 7th day (Saturday) and doing all his personal jobs and pleasures on that day is breaking His Sabbath command, and will perish! Christ will not compromise with His law, or with people for breaking His Ten Commandments! When you obey these first four commandments, you prove your love to God and by obeying the other six commandments, you are showing your love to your neighbor.
God also says, "If you don't love your neighbor who you can see, how can you love god who you can't see?" I John 4: 20.
When you break and continue to break anyone of the Ten Commandments, you automatically qualify to perish in whatever is coming in the troublesome days ahead and will not be protected!
Professed ministers have
not been blowing the trumpet of alarm, Isaiah 58:1, and showing God's people
their sins, and will have the blood of these people on their heads, Ezekiel
3:17-21 and also Ezekiel 33:1-20. God has been long-suffering
(patient) not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to
repentance, II Peter 3: 19 and I John 1: 19, but time is getting shorter
for all to repent now and there will come a time when people will weep and
grit their teeth for not heeding these warnings! Mat. 24:50-51 says -
"The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looks not for
him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, v.51, And shall cut him asunder
and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping
and gnashing of teeth."
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