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May 24 – No Other Name

May 24, 2012

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9 

Continued from yesterday…

Do you know that it breaks God’s heart when you sin against Him?  The Bible says that these are sins against God; and that they separate you from Him and eternal life.  God (in His holiness) cannot dwell in the presence of sin.  Because you are a sinner, because you have separated yourself from Him; you cannot go to Heaven unless your sin is punished.

Remember, God is a just God. You expect Him to punish sin, don’t you?  He must and He will.  The only way punishment can be executed is that you spend an eternity in Hell being punished for your own sins… or for you to put your faith (your trust) in Jesus who offered Himself as the sacrifice for your sins, taking on the punishment for you.

He loves you so much, He is willing to take the punishment for your sin.  That’s how much He wants to see you in Heaven.  That’s how much mercy He has on you, knowing you cannot save yourself.  And if you will allow Him to do this, you are promised eternal life.  God is faithful and just to forgive sins-  1. Just, in that justice was served, the penalty for sin was paid;  2. Faithful, in that He will accomplish exactly what he said He will do.  He will save you from your sins.

The Bible tells us exactly what God expects of us in accepting this offering for our sins.

First of all, He says:

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Heb 11:6

If we don’t believe He is our Savior, He cannot accept our service to Him.  Do you believe that He exist?  Do you believe that he will reward those who seek after Him?  Are you seeking after Him?

Secondly, we need to be sorry for what we have done to Him.  Just as if someone had done something wrong toward you; maybe even offended you – you would expect a sincere apology for that offence.  God tells us through the Apostle Paul in:

2 Cor 7:10,  “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”

Thirdly, (if we are truly sorry for the grief we have caused Him) then He tells us to repent of our sins.  Paul said “godly sorrow brings about repentance.” Repentance means to make a change in your heart and your direction in life. You will no longer pursue the things of the flesh, the enticements of the world; but will pursue the things of God.

Mark 2:17  “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

2 Pet 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Fourth, we must be willing to confess our belief that Jesus is indeed the Son of God!  “…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” – Matt. 12:34

What we say matters!  A perfect example of this is found with what the Ethiopian Eunuch said just before he was saved.  He said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

Rom 10:9-10  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Then God says to be buried with Christ in baptism so you can have your sins washed away.  Peter said (on the Day of Pentecost) in Acts 2:38:

Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Peter said that in order to receive remission of our sins, we must repent and be baptized.

Ananias told Saul (Paul):

Act 22:16  And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Calling on the name of the Lord is our confession in Him as Lord.  It is an acknowledgement of who we believe on.

Act 4:12 – “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

In fact, Peter wrote in:

1 Pet 3:21  The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

This verse tells us that baptism is involved in our salvation.  But it does not say that baptism saves us alone.  In fact, it says it is our answer or (response) to God’s call with a good conscience and a good heart.  And when it is done with the right heart, then God saves us from our sins.

All of this begins in your heart.  I know it is not the most popular thing to do today.  I know you will receive criticism for choosing Jesus as your Savior.  But, what is at stake?  What do you have to lose by accepting Him as Lord?  Nothing.  What do you have to gain by accepting Him?  Everything!  Think about it.

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