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"I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven."
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This week, "Good News Compage"
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Luke's Gospel chapter
13, verses 1-9.
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Will you perish?
When Jesus was told that Pilate had mixed the blood of Galileans with their sacrifices, He asked this question; "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? … Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them - do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! "
Then Jesus gave us this message, "Unless you repent, you too will perish."
If you have health and strength today do not suppose that God is more pleased with you than with someone who is suffering some terrible illness or bereavement. If God was to act in judgement on each of us for our sins not one of us would escape!
It is only "because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail."
The fact that God has spared you and me until now is proof of His continuing undeserved love and mercy towards us!
For many people God's kindness to them does not produce His intended results - God's kindness is meant to lead you to love and obey God.
Jesus then told this parable to teach about God's love and patience with sinners. "A man had a fig-tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, `For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig-tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?' `Sir,' the man replied, `leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig round it and fertilise it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.' "
The useless, fruitless fig-tree was spared a while longer - not because it deserved it, but only that it might have a further chance to become fruitful. If, after all the patience and attention given to it, it still didn't change and become useful and fruitful for the owner it would certainly be destroyed!
Don't forget what Jesus said. "Unless YOU repent, you too will perish."
Has YOUR life been producing the fruit of Christ-likeness? If not, God has been patient with you until now, but He is not going to wait forever!
Today He is offering you all you need to become fruitful and pleasing to Him. He offers you forgiveness of your sins
and new life.
These life changing offers can only be had through the Saviour God provided for the world - His Son, Jesus Christ.
God has set the length of time your life is to be spared. If at the end you are still found to be displeasing to God "you too will perish", Jesus said.
Throughout the eternal ages of punishment that unrepentant sinners will have to endure not one will ever be able to blame God for his or her awful condition. They will realise God has had to treat them that way because they refused to let Jesus, His Son, forgive their sins and make their lives pleasing to God.
Will you perish?
Read Jesus' solemn warnings in Luke 13, verses 1-9.
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Bye for now,
John Nixon, Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.
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Bible quotations from N.I.V.
1 Luke 13:1-4.
2 Psalm 130:3. Romans 3:23.
3 Lamentations 3:22. Psalm 78:38.
4 2nd Peter 3:9.
5 Romans 2:4.
6 Luke 13:6-9.
7 Genesis 6:3.
8 Acts 10:39-43.
9 2nd Corinthians 5:17. John 15:5.
10 1st John 4:14. John 3:16-19.
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