January 6, 2017

Repentant or righteous?

"I say to you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repents,
more than over ninety and nine just persons,
which need no repentance."
Luke 15:7

Those who think that they need not repent are as self-righteous Pharisees.

Pharisees believe that they need not repent.

They are good according to their judgment.

Sinners need to repent.

After a sinner repents, then there is rejoicing in heaven.

After a sinner repents, then there is no need to ever repent again.

For to repent is to agree with God about sin.

How many times does one need to agree with God about sin?

Do you think that a person can at one point agree with God about sin, and then not agree with him?

How does that work in a life?

Have you considered that?

When one has repented, and been washed clean, then they have audience with God.

If one has God's ear, then do they sin again, and if so, then do that do that facing God?

Surely not.

Then they turn their back on God?

After knowing him?

To turn one's back on God is to deny him.

To ever have the ear of the King is to never sin again.

To ever have been washed, not of one's doing, is to never need to be cleansed again.

To have love flowing, not of one's doing, and to have an easy yoke, and to be joyful beyond measure, and to have peace explainable, then can you imagine saying, "That pig-sty sure looks good!"

No.

It doesn't happen.

Have you repented, or have you just considered yourself righteous?
 

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