There is No Salvation, Without Repentance

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And it came to pass afterward, that Jesus went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the good news of God’s kingdom: and the twelve were with him, And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities; Mary called “Magdalene,” out of whom seven demons were removed, —Luke 8:1-2

What Does God Require?

In order for any person to obtain eternal life from God, the first and primary element that must be present in the heart, is genuine repentance. Many people are sorry for their sins, yet not sorry enough to change their life and seek to sin no more. True repentance compels the sincere to not only experience genuine sorrow, but also a earnest desire to cease from their former sins.

A person who begins to follow Jesus will never, in this life, be sinless. They should however, endeavor to sin—less.

It is impossible to obtain salvation from Jesus, apart from a determined work of changing our previous behavior. All sins are equal before God and a consistent, unrepentant liar can miss eternal life, equally with a fornicator, or murderer. If we have been living in a sexual relationship with another person, outside of marriage, we must cease this relationship as a part of true repentance—before Jesus will grant us eternal life. If we have been a theif or liar during our life, we must cease from these two faults before the Lord will convey eternal life to our account.

There is no salvation apart from repentance. There is no repentance without a change in the former lifestyle. There is no eternal life without a turning from sin, to Jesus for salvation.

Today, the modern church and much of the media church, has watered down the gospel of Jesus Christ to a point where it would be unrecognizable to the early church of Jesus in the first century. Today, many religious leaders tell their members that God will accept them, simply if they turn to Jesus and believe upon Him. We do not find this half-gospel anywhere in the New Testament. Every person that Jesus called to follow Him, He called to end their former life of sin. When we find John the Baptist at the Jordan river, his primary objective was to turn the hearts of those who heard him, to repentance, so that they would be ready to receive the Messiah when he arrived.

And John went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, 4 as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight. 5 Every valley shall be filled And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough ways smooth; 6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ ” John Preaches to the People 7 Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance. —Luke 3:3-8

Jesus continued this message and made it clear that unless we all repent, we will all be lost—eternally.

Jesus Speaking: “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” —Luke 13:3

Mary Magdalene has led a life of such sinfulness as a prostitute, that seven demons had chosen to occupy her body. She understood that if she was going to be free, should would have to forsake the old life that she had chose, and live a new life of righteousness. This was the message that Jesus carried from town to town, “your slavery to sin is at an end. The Messiah has come and He is about to bear all of your sin in His own body and remove them forever.

Any person who earnestly desires eternal life, must first come to Jesus in sincere horror over their sins and seek Him for their salvation. If we are unwilling to turn from our sins, salvation is not possible. If we are ready to begin a new life, Jesus is ready to convey an existence that is beyond our wildest dreams. It all starts with repentance. Repentance requires humility. Humility requires an end to pride.

The Greatest Barrier to Eternal Life

Pride is an area of our personality that can only be changed by us. Pride will prevent a person from enjoying rich and satisfying relationships with other people and impede us from receiving all that the Lord has intended for our life. Sometimes, our pride prevents us from asking for help. Other times, it causes us to force our help or advice on people who are overwhelmed by our actions or words.

The largest obstacle for all human beings in obtaining forgiveness from God, the lifting of overwhelming guilt, and the obtainment of eternal life, is human pride.

Every person who has been born on the earth could go to heaven and live with the Lord forever, if they would only humble themselves and come to God through Jesus Christ. Humility is all that is required of the Gospel to permit any one of us to be saved. Jesus died for the sins of the whole world—every one of our offenses against God are already paid in full. All that is required for heaven is that each individual person would come to God in sincere sorrow for their sins and a willingness to turn from them. Once genuine repentance occurs, a person may ask God for the forgiveness of their sins. When this takes place, the Lord will forgive all the wrongs that have been done and grant eternal life as the gift of God. Simple faith in Jesus atoning work on the cross, makes eternal life a reality for any person who places all their trust in Him as their Savior.

Jesus died for the sins of the whole world:

1 John 2:2 And Jesus Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

First requirement—repentance:

Mark 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.

Luke 5:32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.

Second requirement—believe that Jesus died for your sins:

Acts 16:30-31 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Third requirement—confess that Jesus is your Savior, believe in your heart that He died for your sins:

Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Fourth requirement—hold fast and keep believing in Jesus for the rest of your life:

1 Corinthians 15:1-2 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

There are certainly many other articles of faith that people might attempt to add to the above four steps; but in the end, these are really the only four that are required by the Lord to be saved.

We see this principle demonstrated by the thief on the cross next to Jesus:

The New Testament describes two thieves that were condemned to die by crucifixion, along with Jesus. They are placed on either side of the Lord. At first, it seems that both condemned men ridicule Jesus for being crucified with them. After one of these men witnesses the grace and the love with which Jesus endures His suffering—praying for those who placed Him on the Cross—this dying criminal has a change of heart. He cries out to Jesus: “Lord, remember me when you come into Your kingdom.” A subtle statement of salvation in the final moments of life, from a man doomed to die. Though his confession is short and subtle, it is sufficient to move Jesus to pronounce him; forgiven and worthy of eternal life.

Luke 23:39-43 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

When Jesus heard his sincere heart of repentance and a desire to be saved, He pronounced at that moment, on that very day, this repentant thief would be with Jesus in paradise. We might note that this man whom Jesus declared as saved, did not even have an opportunity to join a church, be baptized, or take communion, yet Jesus saved him anyway.

As simple as these four steps might appear, they can be the most difficult steps that a person will ever attempt in his life. A willingness to change and a little movement is all that stands in the way of any person being able to have all his sins forgiven and to obtain eternal life in heaven.

The greatest obstacle to these four steps listed above: repentance, belief, confession, and to live for Jesus—is pride. A hard heart, bitterness, unwillingness to humble one’s self, anger at God, resentment towards another, unwillingness to forgive, the loss of a loved one—all of these can make it nearly impossible for any person to be saved. Why? Under conditions of hurt, anger, or pride, many people find it extremely difficult to humble themselves and come to God in deep sorrow for their sins.

Pride tells the obstinate human heart, “You are not so bad. There are lots of people who are worse than you.” Humility tells our heart, “It doesn’t matter what everyone else does; you know that you are a sinner and you need a Savior—receive Jesus’ offer of forgiveness and eternal life…”

There are many people today who claim that they once believed in Jesus and were faithful servants of the Lord. Like Judas, they really never believed and their actions in following Jesus were simply mechanical and contrived. There was no moment of sincere repentance over their sins and a deep need to be forgiven by God. Those who do not come into a relationship with the Lord by sincere repentance and a genuine belief that they are a hopeless sinner—without Jesus sacrifice for their sins, cannot be saved. The thief on the cross next to Jesus, did not understand all the theological points of Christianity, but he did understand one thing; he was a sinner, in need of a Savior. He believed that Jesus was dying for Him and when he said: “Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom,” this was his sincere expression of sorrow for his sins and a belief that Jesus could save him.

Who is Mary Magdalene?

This dear woman was a known prostitute in Jerusalem. In John chapter 8, she is brought by the Pharisees before Jesus to be judged for her adultery, being caught in the very act.

John 8:4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. (NIV)

As a result of her encounter with Jesus, she turns from her sin and begins to follow Him as her Savior. Luke later records an evening when Jesus is having dinner at the home of Simon, one of the Pharisees. Suddenly, Mary burst into the home of Simon and falls at the feet of Jesus—weeping convulsively, anointing His feet with her tears and fragrant oil. Simon is indignant over a known prostitute coming into his home, and immediately begins to wonder to himself why Jesus, if he were a true prophet, would allow such a woman to touch Him.

Jesus, knowing what was in Simon’s heart, begins to tell him a story…

Luke 7:40-43 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”

Jesus establishes an important principle of salvation: those who have a deeper sense of their own sin, will love and appreciate what Jesus has done for them in forgiving their sin, in greater measure, than a person who does not consider themselves much of a sinner.

Luke 7:47 “Therefore I say to you (Simon), her sins (Mary), which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.

It is important to distinguish here that Jesus is not saying that one person’s sin is less grievous than another. The point being—all sin is the same before God, however, not all people see themselves as sinners to the same degree. To those who think themselves more righteous and not in great need of a Savior, they will always love Jesus less than someone who fully appreciates the depth of their sinfulness and estrangement from God.

In other words, people who have a deep sense of gratitude for the sacrifice that Jesus has made for them, are likely to love Him more. Whereas, people who have not experienced a deep sense of remorse for their sins—or how much He suffered for their sins—will not feel as much love or appreciation for what Jesus has done.

In reality, every transgression is the same before God. Every sin causes a person to be excluded from the presence of God and to forfeit eternal life. The sin of lying causes the same penalty of death as the sin of murder. Sin is defined as: missing the mark of perfection—falling short of the glorious ideal that God has established for all human beings.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Psalms 53:3 Every one of them has turned aside; They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.

Romans 3:10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one…”

Many of us have seen the text from John 3:16 displayed during a football or baseball game. The majority of the people of the United States have heard that God so loved the world that He gave us His only Son.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

There is, however, more to this verse than simply the Love of God for the sinner. Just three verses further in the text, we see a description for why most people will not receive this love that God offers through Jesus Christ:

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, (but) men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Most people love their sin (darkness), and they do not want to turn away from those sins and surrender their life to Jesus Christ. Today, we have a politically correct Gospel that leaves repentance from sin out of the salvation message of Jesus Christ. The word of God states emphatically that there is no forgiveness of sin without sincere repentance. There is no eternal life without a willingness to turn from sin and to live a new life of righteousness.

Even after we have surrendered our life to Jesus Christ, we will still continue to sin. The difference is that we are no longer living in a continual lifestyle of disobedience to God. When sin occurs, it is by a moment of weakness or during a time when we are not thinking correctly. It is not because we have a mind set that loves sin and a desire to pursue it. Salvation only occurs when there is sincere repentance from our sins and a genuine sorrow for having offended God. Once this Godly sorrow occurs and we experience a true conviction to repent and act upon that desire, God is able to forgive all our sins and grant us eternal life.

David’s prayer of repentance towards God in Psalm 51 is a perfect example of sincere repentance.

Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise. Psalms 51:1

This is a long and heartfelt prayer of repentance. David did not make any excuses for his sin; he took ownership of them all, and he rightly laid blame for his errors on himself. In David’s repentance, he exonerated God of all fault, and defined judgment for our sins by God as a just act.

Today, when people come to receive Jesus as their Savior, very often, the message of repentance from sin is not even a part of the prayer for salvation. Often, it is “Jesus, I want to accept you as my Savior….,” as if the Lord would be very fortunate if we asked Him to accept us.

John wrote that all of us are already under the condemnation of God because of our sins.

John 3:17-18 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

The whole world, apart from Jesus Christ, remains under the condemnation of God. Jesus came to rescue us from this fate. If you were hanging over the edge of a cliff and someone reached out his hand to lift you away from certain death, how would you respond? What would be the attitude of your heart having been saved from a fate of destruction? Thankfulness? Perhaps a desire to live a better life since you came so close to death?

Why is it difficult to honestly tell a person; out of a conviction of deep and abiding love, that if they fail to receive Jesus as their Savior, there is no hope of eternal life? We are not condemning someone if we tell them the truth about their present situation; we are loving them. Why is it that if we tell people that they need to repent of their sins, we are told that we are “judging” them and no one has the right to judge anyone else? Jesus never said that we could not judge sin and tell someone to repent; otherwise, how could the Gospel be preached at all?

What we are prohibited from doing is condemning people for their sins. Condemnation is final judgement, which only God has the right to execute. Judging that a person is on a dangerous course of sin that will lead to the loss of his eternal life is not only approved by God, but encouraged.

James 5:20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

Ezekiel 3:20 Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.

In other words, if we see a person committing sin and we warn him to turn from his sins—to Jesus for Salvation and he refuses our warning, God will hold him accountable for his sins and release us from guilt. If, on the other hand, we fail to warn a person, and his sins lead to the loss of his eternal life, God will hold us accountable because we failed to give warning.

Even when we do warn others, we are to do so with great gentleness and humility, understanding that we ourselves are often tempted and may also fall into sin.

Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

The first clause of the new covenant from God is that a person must repent and turn from his sins to Jesus Christ. John the Baptist came before Jesus to prepare the hearts of the people for His arrival. John’s message was—Repent!

Matthew 3:1-2 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

I recently viewed at a website that claims to have over 6,000 people registered who have stated that they once believed in Jesus Christ but now no longer believe in Him or follow Him. The Bible describes certain circumstances in which this may occur.

1. A person has not sincerely repented of his sins and has not honestly received Jesus as his Savior.

1 Corinthians 15:2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

2. A person has believed, but through the deceitfulness of sin, they have later fallen away.

Hebrews 3:13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

3. A person becomes discouraged by trials or the deceitfulness of riches, and falls away.

Matthew 13:20-22 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.

The Bible describes our salvation as originating with God and His earnest desire to convey forgiveness and eternal life to all those who request it. Nowhere in the Bible do we observe God using force on anyone in order to save them. We are saved because of a willing act of our heart and will, and we remain saved by a continued willingness of our heart and will. If we chose to fall away from Jesus, we are certainly able to do so.

We should understand salvation from God’s perspective in the eternal— those who fall away, never really were saved in the first place. If they really were saved, then they would have remained with the Lord and continue to trust Him. This is most likely the source of confusion for those who teach that “once saved, always saved.” The premise of this doctrine comes from the revelation of scripture that God has known, from before time, who would be saved and has therefore predestined them to eternal life.

Romans 8:29-30 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified

God’s knowledge in determining an outcome in advance of its actual occurrence is based on His knowledge of all things. God knew who would exercise their freedom of choice and receive Jesus as their Savior, therefore, He can speak of these individuals in the eternal realm as—chosen before the foundation of the world. This all-knowing wisdom of God does not negate the responsibility that each human being has to make the right choice, nor the consequences of choosing poorly.

In this way, both the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man, work together side by side, to accomplish the determined will of God in all things.

Acts 2:23 Jesus, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death

Here, we see that God had a determined purpose and foreknowledge of Jesus’ death, but also allowed evil men to act themselves and crucify Jesus. We observe both the sovereignty of God and the free will of men working together. God, knowing that evil men would seek to put Jesus to death, also ordained that He should be put to death to accomplish our salvation.

A sad reality of the present-day church is that very little is done in properly discipling those who profess faith in Jesus Christ. All new believers require counsel in the realities of continuing sin and the constant need for daily repentance of those sins. For many who are not told that they will continue to struggle with sin even after they are saved, the reality of this struggle is too much to bear, and they often give up. Others find that when they see those who claim to be Christian leaders in the church are really hypocrites or do not display the kind of character that Jesus exhibited, they become discouraged, disillusioned, and walk away from Jesus.

We must come into such a deep awareness of Jesus as a person, that He becomes our only source of enduring and continued faith. If we place our eyes on people, we will always be disappointed. If we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, we will never be disappointed.

Hebrews 12:1 …let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith

If a helper would come alongside a new believer to teach and encourage them, there would be fewer of those who fall away. It is impossible to prevent every person from walking away from Jesus. Some will do so no matter what is done to help them in their walk. The sad truth is that there would be fewer who do give up and walk away from Jesus if there were more who loved enough to help the new believers in their walk with Jesus.

The church has failed to deliver what was formerly a prerequisite for salvation: repentance from the old life of sin and a turning to a new life of righteousness. Because many people never come to a realization of how destitute they are and the hopelessness of their situation, before Jesus comes into their life, they do not have a genuine appreciation for the high cost that was paid by the Lord in order to make our salvation a reality.

If we have only a minor appreciation for what it cost Jesus to perfect our salvation—with a slight awareness of the great sinners we were when He died for us, our love for Jesus will also be diminished.

If we understand how greatly Jesus suffered and how much He had to give up to purchase our salvation, then we will love Him in a way that is worthy of His great gift.

Now Is The Time

In this present moment, while we are still alive, we have a little time left to humble ourselves and come to God through the sacrifice—made by Jesus for our sins. When we draw our last breath and our body dies, it will be too late to change our mind. The decision for where we will spend eternity is being made by each one of us, every day that we live. If, by the end of our life, we have not received Jesus as our Savior, it will be too late after death to change our mind. It is appointed by God that each one of us have only one life to live in order to make a decision, either for, or against Jesus; and then after death, we will be judged based on that decision.

And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment… Hebrews 9:27

If we have already received Jesus, then our place in heaven is assured. Many people incorrectly assume that because they have not made a decision—either for or against Jesus, they have yet to determine their eternal destiny. This assumption is false. Jesus did not give us the option of indecision. We are either for Him or against Him. No decision is really a decision against Jesus.

He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters. Luke 11:23

For a majority of people, pride, laziness, or fear, hinders their important decision to receive and follow Jesus. A few individuals are so content in their present life that they feel no need for change. It is not until the final moments of their days on earth that many people realized the emptiness of their former earthly pursuits. After ignoring or rejecting God for a majority of their life, very few people can find repentance and a desire to call on the name of Jesus for their salvation.

This is the reason that the New Testament continually encourages us to make today the day of our salvation.

For He says: …Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. James 4:14

When Jesus returns to earth at the end of the seven-year Tribulation, He is coming to rule absolutely. The opportunity to bow our knees to Him and submit to His authority is a choice that we can freely make today. When the Lord returns, there will be no choice; all the world will be compelled to bow their knee to Jesus and submit to His authority. Jesus explains this choice to us by the following verse of scripture: (Jesus is the “Stone.”)

And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder. Matthew 21:44

We can fall on Jesus now in repentance; this experience will break our pride and unbelief, this is certain. However, if we wait until our life is over and we find ourselves before the throne of God without Jesus sacrifice to cover our sins, His judgment will crush us to powder.

Philippians, Chapter 2, describes the two choices that are before all human beings. While alive, we can willingly bow our knee to the Lord. After we are dead, or after the Lord returns to earth, we will be forced to bow our knee to Him.

Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

It is to this end that the prophet Ezekiel writes. The Messiah will break the pride of all those who stubbornly refuse to submit to His righteous authority. He will rule the nations with a rod of iron.

Revelation 19:15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.

Clearly, this is the language Ezekiel speaks of—which describes the cessation of all opposition to Jesus’ future rule. There will be no right of appeal, no vote or opportunity for redress in the Messiah’s kingdom.

Why would there be, since everything that He does is always right, fair, and just? To oppose the rule of the Messiah would be to place one’s self on the side of wrong or injustice. The reason that the rule of the Messiah will be absolute and without appeal or opposition is that there will be no unrighteousness in any of His judgments. It is easy to recognize just decisions when they are carried out correctly. It is not hard to submit to someone who is always good, kind, merciful, full of compassion, and absolute in perfect justice. Of such will be the wonderful kingdom of the Messiah when He returns to earth to establish and rule over His glorious dominion, forever.

The Preceding is from the new book: “Honest Men,” by Robert Clifton Robinson, now available at Amazon


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