Repent or Perish

Today’s reading is Luke 13.

Pilate, the Gentile governor, had executed several Galileans. When Jesus says to His audience, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish,” He isn’t speaking about the final judgment. He is foretelling the coming judgment on the Jews. He is pointing out that if the Jews do not repent, God will bring judgment upon them via the Gentiles. In fact, this chapter ends with a promise of coming destruction of Jerusalem. All that being said, we still see an application for us today. We must not look at those who endure hardship or suffering and assume they were worse sinners than we are. We must not think because we are not facing hardship presently that we are escaping judgment. Rather, we need to realize we are sinners. We need a Savior just like everyone else. That, of course, is why Jesus came into the world. As with the inhabitants of Jerusalem, He does want to gather us under His wings, protecting and delivering us. However, we must repent. We must recognize how sinful we are. We must recognize what judgment we deserve. Only then will we surrender to the King. Only then will we turn our lives over to Him. Only then will we be saved. Judgment is coming. Repent and live.

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 13.

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I Need Good News

Today’s reading is Romans 2.

Paul seems to give us a plan. He explains that everyone who does evil, obeying unrighteousness, whether Jew or Greek will suffer wrath and fury. However, those who seek glory, honor, and immortality by doing good will receive eternal life. Then he follows it up by saying “For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law.” Wait a minute!!! The hinge between Paul’s teaching about the difference between the death-bound and the life-bound and this statement is “For God shows no partiality.” In other words, it doesn’t matter who you are, if you are good, you get life; if you sin, you get death. And that is the kicker. Romans 2:6-11 seems like an explanation of how to be saved. Instead, it is an explanation of why every one of us is lost. Sure, everyone who does good by seeking for glory, honor, and immortality by obeying truth gets eternal life. But everyone who sins whether under the Law or outside the Law perishes and is judged. Where does that leave me? I’m toast! I am a sinner. The news for me is bad. I need some good news. Praise God, Paul will be bringing some as we keep reading. Today, let the weight of the bad news settle on us, but don’t despair, Good News is coming.

Tomorrow’s reading is Romans 3.

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