Moral law demands that we conduct our relationships with dignity and respect. It defines good and evil, and is written on our hearts. Love is it's foundation.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul,
and mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
When the Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves even though they do not have the law. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them.
Repentance is a change of heart and mind. We turn away from sin and unbelief to faith and righteousness, from living for and loving ourselves to living for and loving God.
Repent therefore, and turn
again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
II Corinthians 7:9-10
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death
II Corinthians 5:15
And he died for all, that those who live might live no longer for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
Or do you presume upon the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience: do you not know that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.
II Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
I John 2:15
Do not love the world or the things of the world...The world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides for ever.
God and Evil
Many people are skeptical about God's existence because of the evil in the world. They wonder, "Why did a perfect and holy God create imperfect and sinful humans?"
The answer is that we are not imperfect creations nor were we created sinful. We are simply finite (limited) and free. God warns us of the terrible consequences of sin, but he doesn't want us to be mere robots, with no will of our own, so he will not force us to do what is right.
Others ask, "Why did God create a world that he knew from the start was going to become so evil that he would have to destroy most of mankind in a great flood and ultimately in a fiery hell?"
The answer to that question is in Genesis 6:5-6. It says, "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great ...and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart."
God regretted creating man because he did not know what man was going to do with the freedom he had given him. God did not know what man would do because the future of man is open and not fixed or predetermined by God.
The future of the world does not exist for God to see because he created the world finite, therefore he limited it to exist in present time only. God knew that man could sin but not that he would sin.
othing in the world is more important than our eternal destiny. According to the Gospel, God offers us eternal life through the atonement of Christ. Jesus was slain because of our sin. By his resurrection he has conquered both sin and death for everyone. If you will accept the Biblical terms for your salvation; God will free you from the power and penalty of sin, and give you the Holy Spirit. These conditions are clear and easy to understand; we are told to believe, confess, receive, and obey.
Salvation is God's gift to all humanity. It is received by faith in what Christ has done for us. Faith is belief, it is not a gift, it is a positive response to God's offer of eternal life. Our salvation also requires belief in: 1. the Word of God as an accurate record of historical events and spiritual reality, 2. Christ's physical resurrection from the dead,
and 3. the day of God's judgment.
For God so loved the world
that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus sad to him, "I am the
way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me."
I Corinthians 15:3-8
For I delivered to you of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and he appeared to Peter then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time...Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all...he appeared also to me. (Paul).
The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
We become Christians when we turn our lives completely over to God by faith in Christ and receive the Holy Spirit. He generates in us spiritual life, and imparts God's love, joy, and peace.
To all who received him, who believe in hims name, he gave power to become children
Unless one is born anew (or born again) he cannot see the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit.
I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, he dwells with you, and will be in you.
For all who are led by the
Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit on sonship. When we cry ABBA! Father! it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
If you then, who are 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!
God's love has been poured
into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.
Now I would remind you, brethren, in what terms I preached to you the Gospel, which you received, in which you stand, by which you are saved if you hold it fast.
Confession is the verbal expression of what we believe. It means to say what God says and agree with Him. To the world we confess our faith in Christ and to God we confess our sin.
If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
I John 1:8-9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Because they exchanged the
truth about God for a lie, God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error. They were filled with covetousness, malice, envy, murder, strife, deceit, they are gossips, slanderers, haughty, boastful, disobedient to parents, haters of God, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do them but approve those who practice them.
Obedience is not just what we do. It is an attitude of the heart. It comes from a desire to glorify God in all that we do. Jesus said "If you love me you will obey my commandments."
To those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are factious and do not obey the truth, but obey wickedness, there will be wrath and fury.
Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; ad being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who
Not every one who says to me, "Lord, Lord" shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
The works of the flesh are plain: adultery, fornication, sensuality, uncleanness, idolatry, witchcraft enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, heresies, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
I John 2:1-2
My little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin; but if any one does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the expiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.