We know when John the Baptist preached the Gospel it was to “repent” because the Kingdom of God was near. Christ improved upon this message because He represented the Kingdom of God and certainly it was much nearer because of His presence and in order for anyone to be found worthy of entering, the same message of John Jesus preached and this was to “repent”. No matter what dispensation of the Gospel it may be, from the time of Adam to our time, there must first come a “repentance” before there can be any understanding of doctrine. However, the question which needs addressing, “Is it possible for anyone to repent if there is no Law?”
I like Wikipedia’s explanation of “repentance”:
“Repentance is the activity of reviewing one’s actions and feeling contrition or regret for past wrongs. It generally involves a commitment to personal change and resolving to live a more responsible and humane life…This typically includes an admission of guilt, a promise or resolve not to repeat the offense; an attempt to make restitution for the wrong, or in some way to reverse the harmful effects of the wrong where possible.”
What is, “wrong”? I mean, it is a very simple question but needs to be properly defined in order to understand Truth. So, the question again is, “What is ‘wrong’”? Again, referring to the same source,
“is an act that is illegal or immoral.”
How do we know when something is considered “illegal” or “immoral”? Again, using the same resource, I like how it is defined,
sin is the act of violating God’s will. Sin can also be viewed as anything that violates the ideal relationship between an individual and God; or as any diversion from the ideal order for human living. To sin has been defined as “to miss the mark”.
How can it be possible to know God’s will and how to treat our fellow man EXCEPT we have the standard of justice called, The Ten Commandments?
Now, if you are under the misconception the Ten Commandments are no longer valid and binding upon man, meaning it is void, doesn’t exist any longer, then what is the standard you use to determine when someone has done wrong? And if there is no standard of the Ten Commandments, which is the standard for all man in determining right and wrong, how could there possibly be “repentance” if you take away how you determine if there is something to be repented of?
Friends, you cannot have it both ways. You cannot have the ability to “repent” if you’ve done away with the cause of repentance. This is truly the Gospel. And, if you have done away with the Law of God, the Ten Commandments, then you’ve limited yourself and the ability to understand any other doctrine of the Bible because it is ALL BASED upon those “ten words” of God. No wonder there is so much confusion as to what is right and wrong. What is religious and secular. What is Truth and error.
Therefore, no Law, no repentance and it is for certain if there is no repentance there can be no salvation.
January 29, 2015