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Yes there is! But not by the means that we all might be thinking of, or ever has naturally imagined. The hope is Christ the Lord. The hope is in Jesus the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God. Jesus warned all humanity, not just the Jews, nor true Christians, or the self proclaimed Christians. You know, the ones who say they are Christians, but do not practice the word of G-D. He even warned the sinner and the heathen, and there is a difference. He warned all, to ‘Repent or perish!’ It’s all our personal choice. A choice that G-D 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 only. Any one can feel bad for their sin nature. But, feelings does not get you, nor I, into the kingdom of Heaven. Nor does it get G-D 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 the sins committed. But what then? True repentance is ultimately turning away from those sins, you and I know is wrong. Yet we still did them. To turn away from them means, to stop doing those things that you and I know, that it is wrong in the eyes of the Lord.
Repentance: ‘is a turning away from sin, disobedience, or rebellion and a turning back to G-D.’ 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, a better choice of words, is conviction, that can only come through the Holy Spirit of G-D. The word Conviction: ‘a convicting or being convicted. 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 G-D’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 G-D or G-D’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 G-D.’ (according to the: “Nelsons Illustrated Dictionary Of The Bible.”) Therefore it is also a turning away from sin, which is rebellion against G-D, in the first place. This is what make up the word Repentance. 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 Christ and His word.’ Or, ‘I know that I am a sinner and 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. G-D can and will rescue anyone from the desires of sin, if, you are sincere, and full heartedly come to Him. Come as you are. And let G-D do the rest. For man, (meaning humanity,) 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. 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. And it is called, the sin nature. That is why all humanity is in desperate need of Christ Jesus.
Even the most famous question that goes through everyone’s mind is: ‘Why do I need salvation in Christ. Aren’t we all going to heaven?’ Or, ‘There are many ways to G-D!’ 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 G-D. But only one way. And no one is good enough. Refer to blog: ‘Repent Or Perish part 3‘.
Christ Jesus also says in:
“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 let G-D clean you up. That is His Job 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:
“I Am the Vine (Jesus the Christ is speaking here, not only to His disciples, but to all of us today and to the end) you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; (the fruit of the Holy Spirit. No one can bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit, 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 G-D. And to ask the Holy Spirit and here is the point) apart from Me you can do nothing.”
Now I am not saying that, as soon as we come fully unto the Lord Jesus Christ, He will take away our sins and the desires there of, and make them magically disappear, as soon as you go to bed and wake up the next morning. What I am saying is that, little by little, He will take away the desire to sin. (This is what is known as, “sanctification.” This is done through the process of the Holy Spirit. The goal is to cleanse a believer from all sins completely, conforming him or her into the image of Christ Jesus. An ongoing process to make one Holy In the sight of G-D.). I am not saying, we will never struggle with sin ever again. By no means, is the Word of G-D ever implying that, nor am I. We will always struggle with sin. This is the hard part of true Christianity. To stay away from all kinds of sinful desires, lusts and idolatry. Keeping one-self pure. Pursuing physical and Spiritual purity in the face of ridicule and temptations, every where we look. And not conforming to the lusts of this evil world no longer.
We will always have this sin nature in us all, until we die. But G-D does give us the power and authority to turn away from the temptations of all kinds of sin. And the flesh’s desire to sin. He always gives us a way of an escape from those temptations. And even if we do sin, the Lord still provides the way of escape, from the wages of sins, you and I struggle with. 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 with sin, is that, when we become tempted, we toy with those thoughts. And thoughts then turn into action. And reaps a harvest. As it is written:
“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.” (that is the second death. The lake of fire, or another words: Hell.)
Even the Apostle Paul struggled with the temptations of sin. A powerful man of G-D. A powerful preacher in Christ Jesus the Lord. Who demonstrated the power of the Gospel of Christ Jesus 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. And 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, verses 19 through 30. And Chapters 13 through 28.
He was also stoned, and left for dead. And I am not talking about smoking pot either. Rocks of all sizes were thrown at him, because he told people the truth. He been in prison many times for preaching the Gospel. Been beaten, whipped. Shipwrecked and even been deceived by supposed Christian brothers. This is what he said in his own words, in his second letter, to the Corinthian church, found in:
2 Corinthians 11:23-28
“I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.”
In his struggles, he wrote through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in:
“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 will remain in us all, until we die. But we do not have to bow to it as if it were our master. We do not have to be a slave to sin. This is also the difference between those, who has salvation in Christ, who’s sins are forgiven. Who are born again in Christ and is baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our helper. For He and the Word of G-D 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, G-D has covered all basis of this New Life, that is extended through His Only Begotten Son. He has done this, so we cannot fail.
The only way one can fail, is if that believer 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 G-D 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 Word of G-D, 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 Christ Jesus. But it also by, living the life style of Christ Jesus who taught us how to live.
So never mind whether or not you can live the standards of G-D. Because you cannot, alone. But in, and through Christ Jesus. He is all our Hope. He is all our Only Hope. And He is the Son of G-D! 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; our Father, who created all things. He is our Mediator. Our Mighty God. 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. And He is the Sacrificial Lamb, and so much more. He is all this, regardless of popular world views and beliefs. Regardless of any atheists 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 expose Himself to all Humanity in the end, regardless.
So, are you ready to meet G-D Almighty’s Only Begotten Son, Lord Jesus the Christ? Are you ready to meet G-D? 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”