John preaching in the wilderness
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The Free Gift of
On the Blood
On the Cross
On Jesus Christ
A Voice in the Wilderness
The message of repentance
The subject of repentance is without question the most sobering issue to ever confront mankind. It is in-fact, the defining moment in the life of every human being. Eternity is the scale on the balance, true repentance determines the destiny.
So sobering is the subject of repentance, that I have purposely taken color from these pages as a vivid reminder of how grave the matter is. "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision." Joel 3:14
The Message of the John the Baptist
"In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
The message of John was simple yet profound, "Repent!", for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. A decision must be made, and all of heaven awaits that choice. "...joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth." Luke 15:7
The life and ministry of John was an echo of Isaiah's words, "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." Isaiah 58:1
The greatest testimony of John was from Jesus Himself when He said, "He (John) was a burning and a shining light:" John 5:35 and, "Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist:" Matthew 11:11
The Message of the Jesus Christ the Lord
"Jesus began to preach, and to say,
Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Jesus Christ, the greatest and wisest man to ever walk the face of the earth, and he who was His forerunner, and said to be the greatest to be born of women, both with the same powerful, soul shaking message, "Repent!"
Do you think it strange that their message is heard so little today? Have we been perfected without repenting. Have we out smarted the devil and God both? Or have we fallen so far from the fundamentals of the Christian faith, that we have forsaken the old time gospel.
Hear again the words of the Baptist, and "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" II Corinthians 13:5
- "...the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
- And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
- As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
- Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
- And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
- Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
- Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you,
- That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
- And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
- And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
- He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
- Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?
- And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
- And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
- And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not;
- John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
- Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.
- And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people."
Of Repentance unto Life
I. Repentance unto life is an evangelical grace, the doctrine whereof is to be preached by every minister of the Gospel, as well as that of faith in Christ.
II. By it, a sinner, out of the sight and sense not only of the danger, but also of the filthiness and odiousness of his sins, as contrary to the holy nature, and righteous law of God; and upon the apprehension of His mercy in Christ to such as are penitent, so grieves for, and hates his sins, as to turn from them all unto God, purposing and endeavouring to walk with Him in all the ways of His commandments.
III. Although repentance is not to be rested in, as any satisfaction for sin, or any cause of the pardon thereof, which is the act of God's free grace in Christ, yet it is of such necessity to all sinners, that none may expect pardon without it.
IV. As there is no sin so small, but it deserves damnation; so there is no sin so great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent.
V. Men ought not to content themselves with a general repentance, but it is every man's duty to endeavor to repent of his particular sins, particularly.
VI. As every man is bound to make private confession of his sins to God, praying for the pardon thereof; upon which, and the forsaking of them, he shall find mercy; so he that scandelizeth his brother, or the Church of Christ, ought to be willing, by a private or public confession and sorrow for his sin, to declare his repentance to those that are offended; who are thereupon to be reconciled to him, and in love to receive him.