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While walking around the mall one day I came
across a man who was visiting from Italy whose name was Yolanzo. I
was sharing with him from my Gospel tract titled
On page 7 I talk about some aspects of what the Bible means by
repenting of sin. Our conversation went as follows:
Yolanzo, the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, "Do not be
deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor
drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of
God." To confess Jesus as Lord means to turn away from these things.
I thought they decided a homosexual life style was okay now.
Yolanzo, this is manís teaching, not Godís teaching. Jesus said in
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my Words shall not pass away."
God speaking through Malachi in
Malachi 3:6 in
the Old Testament stated, "For I, the Lord, do not change." And the
writer of Hebrews in the New Testament wrote in
about Godís character, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and
today, yes and forever."
God's character is absolute.
This means God does not make mistakes. God created us and has stated
in His manufactures handbook, the Bible, how we humans are to live
and relate to one another. Some scholars try to say that what Paul
and the other Apostles wrote in the Bible related to the culture of
their day, that it does not relate to our culture today. But what
does the Apostle Paul tell us about the moral teachings of the
Bible. He writes in
1 Corinthians 14:37-38,
"If anyone thinks he is a
prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I
write to you are the Lord's commandment. But if anyone does not
recognize this, he is not recognized."
Isaiah put it this way, he
said in Isaiah 8:20, To the Law and to the testimony! If they do
not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.
Jesus put it in even stronger words in
"Do not think that I came to
abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to
fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law,
until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of
these commandments, and so teaches others, shall be called least in
the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall
be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
I then went on to share with
Yolanzo Jesus' death for our sins and His proof of dying for our
sins through His Physical Resurrection and how His Resurrection
related also to proving that the Bible God's Word is absolutely true
Yolanzo, even Jesus' disciples had doubts about who Jesus claimed to
be, His teachings about being God Himself and the literalness of the
Old Testament; but notice what the Bible says about what the
Apostles believed after Jesus' resurrection:
"When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples
remembered that he said this; and they believed the Scripture,
and the word which Jesus had spoken."
Even his disciples had doubts
about the literalness of what Jesus said about himself, but Jesus'
fulfilling His promise to come back from the dead convinced them
absolutely that Jesus was who he claimed to be and that His
teachings were absolute true truth to base life and society on. The
reason we have confusion and chaos in society today is because the
west has done away with its original foundation for determining what
is true: The Bible. The end result is that we can no longer restrain
evil in society because we no longer know what to base our laws of
I then went on to share with
him how to know Jesus, that he needed to receive Him as Savior and
Lord of his life to be saved. I showed him God the Father's promise
to us about eternal life recorded by John in
1 John 5:11-12.
Yolanzo, I do not know how well you know American History, but Harry
Truman, a former President of the United States had a plaque on his
desk which stated, "The buck stops here." In other words, his word
was the last word in his place of authority. Well there is no one
higher than God and at his desk, "the buck stops there." It does not
matter what man thinks, says or teaches; only what God says will
hold up in eternity. John tells us about eternal life,
1 John 5:11-12
"And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and
this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who
does not have the Son of God does not have the life."
Now I am a Pastor, I believe
in the importance of Church, but I would never tell one of my
parishioners that they will be saved by faithfully attending church.
Why? Because God the Father tells us that the only thing which will
determine our eternity is not what church we belong to, but by what
we do with His Son Jesus Christ.
How do we come to have the
Son? By receiving Him as our Savior and Lord according to His
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone will hear my voice
and open the door, I will come in and will dine with him and he with
me." You have to have the Son, know Jesus, in order to have eternal
life and to have the Son You have to invite Him into your heart.
Do you believe in God's foreknowledge, that he already knows
everything about us and everything we will ever do?
Then what is the point? He knows whether we will receive Him or not.
Why even try?
Yolanzo, there is a negative and a positive way of looking at this
truth. The positive side of this is that it was because of God's
foreknowledge of our sins that he planned and sent Jesus Christ, His
only Son, to die on the cross for our sins. The Apostle Peter wrote
in 2 Peter 3:9
"Adonai is not slow about His promise (His second coming), as some
count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to
perish but for all to come to repentance." God does not want anyone
to go to hell. This is why in His foreknowledge He sent Jesus to die
for our sins in our place. And for it to be ours all we have to do
is believe on Jesus' atoning work. God the Father proved to us He
accepted Jesus' atoning work for us by bringing Jesus back from the
The negative side to Godís
foreknowledge is that even though God knows how long your life on
this earth is, you do not. You do not know how much longer you have
to decide whether to accept Jesus as Your savior and Lord or not.
You may be dead tonight. Because this is true putting off making
this decision is very dangerous. All the more reason you need to
make this decision now to receive Jesus as Your Savior and Lord.
With this word Yolanzo told me
he had to go, but would think about what I had shared with him.
Before he left I gave him two of my books:
He promised to read them.
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