Yes there is! But not by the means that we all might be thinking of, or ever has naturally imagined. The hope is in Jesus Christ the Lord, the only begotten Son of God. Jesus warned all humanity to ‘repent or perish!’ It’s all our personal choice. A choice that God Almighty from the very beginning gave to all.
Repentance: ‘To feel sorry for, (an error, sin, etc.) To feel such regret over (an action, intention, etc.) as to change ones mind.’ (according to the Webster’s New World Dictionary)
But this definition is not quite clear enough. For it is teaching us that, repentance is a feeling for remorse. Any one can feel bad for their sin nature. But, feelings do not get you, nor I, into the kingdom of Heaven. Nor does it get God Almighty to forgive our sins as we confess them to Him. Repentance goes beyond feelings. Feelings maybe the first step to get us to confess sins committed. But what then? True repentance is ultimately turning away from those sins you and I know are wrong. To turn away from sins means, to stop doing those things, you and I know are wrong to do in the eyes of the Lord.
Repentance: ‘Is a turning away from sin, disobedience, or rebellion and a turning back to God.’ In a more general sense, repentance means a change of mind.’ (according to the Nelsons Illustrated Dictionary of The Bible)
Repentance is an action word. This is what it really and truly is, ‘Both to feel bad, or convicted to the point of confession of sins and determined in mind and in heart to turn away from sinning.’
Conviction: ‘A being convinced; strong belief.’ (according to the Webster’s New World Dictionary). And more clearly stated: ‘Conviction is the process of being convicted by one’s own conscience as a sinner because of God’s demands. It is the major theme of the Holy Bible. The agent of conviction is the Holy Spirit; And the means of conviction is either the Word Of God or God’s general revelation of His demands through nature and mans inborn conscience of a sense of right and wrong. The purpose is to lead a person to repent of his or her sins and to turn back to God.’ (according to the Nelsons Illustrated Dictionary Of The Bible) Therefore it is also a turning away from sin, which is rebellion against God, in the first place. This is what make up true repentance!
There are those who are thinking right now, “I cannot be saved. For I know that I cannot live up to the standards of Jesus Christ and His word.’ Or, ‘I know that I am a sinner and Jesus Christ is Holy. I’m not worthy to receive salvation.’ These thoughts could have crossed your mind one time or another in your life. But rest assured, God can and will rescue anyone from the desires of sin and eternal death, if, you are sincere, and full heartedly come to Him. Come as you are. And let God do a work in you with your cooperation. For man cannot, by his or her own will or power, turn away from sin completely.
It is not humanities natural tendency to do so by themselves. You maybe able to turn away from sin for a short time according to your own will power. But the flesh will contend and battle against your mind, through temptations and through the desires of the flesh’s will. And eventually you will come back to it. And many don’t even realizes it, but, all human kind has a spiritual disease, it’s called the sin nature. That is why all humanity is in desperate need of Jesus Christ The Lord.
Even the most famous question that goes through everyone’s mind is: ‘Why do I need salvation in Jesus Christ. Aren’t we all going to Heaven?’ Or, ‘There are many ways to God!’ Or, ‘I’m good enough, I’ll make it in, no worries!’ The truth is No! Not all are going to make it into Heaven. Nor is there many ways to God, but only one way. And no one is good enough.
Mathew 11:27-29 All things have been committed to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Come as you are and God cleanse you. That is His Job through the blood of Jesus Christ first, then from the continual washing of water through His word (the Holy Bible) and through His Holy Spirit. For man cannot do it alone. Like I said before, we have no power to do so.” As it is written in: John 15:5 I Am the Vine you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”
Bearing much fruit is referring to godly fruits in Jesus Christ and the fruits of the Holy Spirit. No one can bear these fruits unless you are born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit. And the only way to have all this, is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, repent, and to ask for the Holy Spirit.
Luke 11:9-13 So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!
Now I am not saying, as soon as we come fully unto the Lord Jesus Christ, He will take away our sins and the desires thereof, and make them magically disappear, as soon as you go to bed and wake up the next morning. What I am saying is, the Lord will take away the desire to sin as you draw closer to Jesus Christ. This is what is known as “sanctification.” This is done through the process of the blood of Jesus Christ, reading and studying the Holy Bible and through the Holy Spirit. The goal is to cleanse a believer from all sins completely, conforming the believer and follower of Jesus Christ into His image and likeness. An ongoing process to become holy (set apart) in the sight of God in order to have fellowship with God.
I am not saying, we will never struggle with sin ever again. By no means is the Holy Bible ever implying that, nor am I. There will be times we will struggle with the temptations of sin. This is the hard part of true Christianity, to stay away from all kinds of sinful desires, worldly lusts and the pride of life. Keeping one-self pure and continually pursuing physical and spiritual purity in the face of ridicule, ungodly influences and temptations every where we go, and not conforming to the filth and lusts of this evil world no longer.
We will always have this sin nature in us all, until we die. But God does give us the power and authority to turn away from the temptations of all kinds of sins, and the flesh’s desire to sin. He always gives us a way of an escape from those temptations. And if we do sin, the Lord still provides the way of escape from the wages of sins. Not that He approves of sin, by no means. For He will discipline us by every means He has in mind and at hand. What our problem is with sin, when we become tempted, we toy with those thoughts. And thoughts then turn into action. And reaps a harvest. As it is written:
James 1:13-15 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
Even the Apostle Paul struggled with the temptations of sin. A powerful man of God and a powerful preacher in Jesus Christ the Lord. Who demonstrated the power of the Gospel of Christ with many signs; wonders; and miracles, and the fruits of the Holy Spirit as well, in the first century church. He healed the sick. He raised the dead. He made the lame to walk. He exercised demons out of people. Been bitten by a highly poisonous snake and never died. Made the seeing eyes blind, of a man who was perverting everything that the Apostle Paul ever said, concerning the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. All this can found written in the Book of Acts, chapters 9 and 11, And Chapters 13 through 28. In his struggles, he wrote through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the realities of the our Christian journey:
Romans 7:8-25 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead. Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.
So then, the law is Holy, and the commandment is Holy, righteous and good. Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.
Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members (his physical body). What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.”
And this law of sin (the sin nature) will remain in us all until we die. But we do not have to bow down to it as if it were our master still. We do not have to be a slave to sin no longer. This is the difference between sinners and believers and follwers of Jesus Christ, who has real salvation in Jesus Christ. Who’s sins are forgiven and washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ. Who are also born again by the baptism of water and of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our helper. For He and the Word of God will keep us strong against temptations, coupled with prayer. Against the wiles and schemes of the devil and the deception and desires of the flesh. You see, God has covered all basis of this New Life, that is extended through His only begotten Son. He has done this, so we cannot fail. And if each of us do fail, it’s because we chose to.
The only way one can fail, is if that believer becomes cold and lazy in the works of the Holy Spirit, denies the cross and turns his back on Christ completely, and never returns. This is how one can forfeit his or her salvation in Christ and forfeits Heaven. For the Holy Word of God never teaches nor supports the doctrine, ‘Once saved, always saved.”
There are conditions in keeping salvation. The action word that is found numerously in the Holy Bible, is the words, “continues.” or, “If.” It is the work of Christ in you, and in me, through His Holy Spirit that gives us strength, life, power, authority, perseverance and hope. It is not by confession alone that makes one a true believer and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. But it also living the life style the Lord taught us how to live.
So never mind whether or not you can live the standards of God. Because you cannot alone, but in and through Jesus Christ our Lord. He is all our only Hope and He is the Son of God! He is Judge! He is King! He is Ruler. He is our Salvation. He is our strength. He is our High Priest, who intercedes on our behalf, before God Almighty His Father. Jesus Christ is our Mediator. The Prince of Peace. The Bright Morning Star. The Word of God. The Alpha and Omega. Our Living Water. Our Bread of Life. The Great I Am. The Great Shepherd. Our Healer. He is the Sacrificial Lamb and so much more.
He is all this regardless of popular world views and beliefs. Regardless of any atheist or godless people who do not believe or refuses to believe. He still exists. Sits at the right hand of God Almighty, the Father. And He will manifest Himself to all humanity in the end, regardless.
So, are you ready to meet God Almighty’s only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ? Are you ready to meet God? Who is this Jesus that has the power to save people from there sins? Who is this Jesus who has the power to save, deliver and set free? Check out: “The Birth Of Jesus Christ”