Repentance- today is the day of salvation

Quotes about hell and unrepentantance

Hell will be filled with people who don’t drink, didn’t cuss, and may have even been baptized. Why? Because not one of those things make someone a Christian. -Voddie Bauchum

Hell will be filled with religious people- John Macarthur

Max was a “good kid.” He grew up going to church. He read his Bibe. His reputation in the community and within the church was outstanding. He always did the right thing and tried to help others. In fact, his dad was a pastor and would teach him the Bible every single day. Going to church every Sunday was fun. He liked socializing and being with His friends. He even got into the Ivey League schools and had his choice of schools. Schools would come to him. Max thought He was on the right path. On the path to heaven. His life, he thought, authenticated it.

Tragically, Max died in a car accident from a drunk driver. Unexpected. All of a sudden. Max thought he had his whole life ahead of him. More time to repent and actually come to the Lord. In the mean time, he could just fake it and pretend. But today was the day he would give an account to the Lord. And he didn’t go to heaven. Max never trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for His salvation. He never repented of his sins. All of his good works went into flames. They were for self-promotion and not for God’s glory. He loved his sin more than the Savior. Does this sound like you? Are you saved? Have you repented of your sins and trusted in Christ alone for salvation? Do you see the urgency of believing and giving your life to the Lord to live for Him? Are you truly living for Him or for yourself and your own desires? Hypocrites want religion only for the advantages they gain from it. But a man of God gives his life to the Lord no matter what is provided. No matter what trial comes, His desire and heart is for the Lord, giving glory to the Lord, and the kingdom. He’s not a double minded man with ulterior motives. His heart is to live in light of eternity.

What is repentance?

Repentance has two meanings. In the greek, it’s described as a change of mind; mentanoia. In the Hebrew, it’s a turning from sin to the Lord Jesus Christ; Shub. Repentance isn’t perfect. Repentance is a characteristic of the Christian life. Christians continually repent because they realize they have offended a Holy God. Repentance is a result of a transformed heart! (Ezekiel 36:26). Salvation and repentance are one of the same coin. Salvation results in the fruits of repentance. Christians don’t stay in their sin. They are freed from the power and penalty of sin. Although Christians still sin, they aren’t characterized by sin.

Habitual sin has no place for the believer-

1John 2:3-4 And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, truly in him the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him……The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

1 John 3:9- Everyone who has been born of God does not sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

The life of the believer is a life that continually repents

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)

The Protestant Reformation and Repentance

The date was October 31, 1517. Martin Luther was bold in his faith, even standing up before the kings of the day, refusing to recant. In his 95 thesis posted on the Wittenburg door, Luther emphasizes the importance of repentance in the first few thesis. Here are the first 3 Thesis he posted on the door:

  1. When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, “Repent” (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.
  2. This word cannot be understood as referring to the sacrament of penance, that is, confession and satisfaction, as administered by the clergy.
  3. Yet it does not mean solely inner repentance; such inner repentance is worthless unless it produces various outward mortification of the flesh.

Luther emphasized repentance; it must have been one of the most important issues on his mind since it was the first written. The life of the believer is a life of repentance, continually. Every day.

In the Bible, there are consequences for unrepentant sin. Sin demands a penalty. Someone has to pay the penalty. My goal is not to go into detail but to give an overview of repentance. Below are some examples of how God punished the unrepentant-

Consequences of unrepentant sin

Cities of the plain, defined by homosexuality. Sodom was so much characterized by homosexuality that the word sodomite means homosexual. The effeminate are the passive partners in the relationship. The city was so degraded that when the 2 Angels showed up in human form, the men of the city were ready to have sexual relations and know them.

Genesis 19:4 “Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, from young to old, all the people from every quarter.; and they called to Lot and said to him, “where are the men who came to you tonight? bring them out to us that we may know them.”

The men’s lust was so intense that even after being blinded, they were trying to find the doorway to fulfill their sexual desires

Genesis 19:11- And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, from small to great, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the doorway.

God has sent his Angels to destroy the city because of it’s sin.

Genesis 19:24- And Yahweh rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Yahweh out of heaven.

A Stark Warning-

The judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah was horrible. But the judgment on Capernaum would be worse. Capernaum’s sin was a sin of indifference. They ignored and rejected the son of God. Matthew illustrates this judgment by saying in Matthew 11:23-24

“And Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occured in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. “Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.”

There are degrees of hell. We will all be resurrected. The question is where will we be resurrected to? To Hell or Heaven? There is an urgency to repent today and be saved. Let’s not end up like these unrepentant cities.

Sodom and Gomorrah as a warning and Example of Judgment

2 Peter 2:6- and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter

Jude:7- Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, having indulged in the same way as these in gross sexual immorality and having gone after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.

Luke 16:19 Rich man and Lazarath

In this parable, a Rich man dressed in the finest clothes of the day. Purple and fine linen. He cared nothing of the man named Lazarus who had sores all over his body. Lazarus was desperate, just trying to get the crumbs off the table with the dogs while the rich man ate very well. It was so bad that Lazarus was being licked by the dogs. In the old testament, dogs were figures of detest. So what happened to the Rich man and the poor man?

The rich man is surprised to go to hell. There is no more time to repent. His time has come. He desperately wants to warn his brothers of this place of torment and ever burning fire that lasts for all of eternity. He tries to ask for Lazarus, the man he showed no mercy to, to show him mercy and cool off his tongue just a little bit. But the mercy never comes. He made his choice to love his sin more than the savior. And now he is paying all of eternity for not repenting. And that is exactly his cry- “But if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!” The application being, if they repent and have a transformed heart, they will not be in this place of torment. It reminds me of one of Jonathon Edwards Resolved quotes-

 51) – Resolved, that I will act so, in every respect, as I think I shall wish I had done, if I should at last be damned.

Jonathon Edwards is talking about regret. Regret for not acting and repenting as he should. He’s talking about actually being in Hell as a final determination by God and how we wished he would have acted. Lets act as people of righteousness, living for God and His glory and not regret until it’s too late.

Conclusion

We have a great God. The unrepentant, false worshippers, those who don’t believe will face eternal fire and damnation in light of a Holy and just God that judges. But, there is hope. Such were some of you. There is hope that if we trust in the Lord with all of our heart and believe that he forgave sins based on his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, we will be saved. True salvation produces the fruits of repentance and true worship to a God who is worthy of our time, affections, and life lived for Him and His purposes. Judgment is coming. We are either moving toward eternal fire in Hell as unbelievers or toward the New Heaven and New Earth as believers where righteousness dwells. Which one will you choose to live for?

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Topics for further study

Examples of Condemnation in the Bible

Angels Genesis:6 2 Peter

False Prophets 2 Peter

Solomon- fake repentance

His wrath will go Out Psalm: 7:11-13

God is faithuful to a stubborn people Psalm 78

Jeremiah and the reforms. Reforms don’t change hearts

Calls to repentance

Warning against willful sin and judgment- Hebrews 10:26

Godly Sorrow vs Worldly sorrow

2 Corinthians 7:9

True Repentance

King David

Job

Manessah, Nebachadnuzzer; evil kings who repented

Repentance is granted (2 Timothy 2:25)

Called not just to REPENT in mind but to obey. To make our calling and election sure

2 Peter:3

Repentance and Salvation are of the same coin

Characteristics of the unrepentant- Colossians 3, Ephesians 4, Ephesians 5:5

False Prophets- Sexual immorality, greed

Trust in the Lord for Salvation alone.

The bridge to Repentance

Meditation on the Word of God

Union with Christ

Our great Hope, eager and ready.

Affection for Christ results in obedience

Fellowship and Prayer

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