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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Don't Presume on God's Grace

This song is based on Paul's warning in Romans 2:4-5 "Or do you presume on the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?  But because of 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."

Why does Yeshua rebuke five of His seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3?  These are His redeemed people, claiming to be saved by His grace and yet He rebukes them that they still have not repented.  And He warns that if they won't repent, He will war against them and come upon them as a thief in the night.  This reminds me of Jude's warning in verse 5 "Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Yeshua, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, AFTERWARDS destroyed those who did not believe."

First of all, how awesome that Yeshua was there in the Exodus?  Stephen confirms this in Acts 7:38, when he tells us Yeshua Himself delivered the Law through Moses at Mount Sinai to a people redeemed by His GRACE (Israelites AND mixed multitude of gentiles - see Exodus 9:20 & 12:38).  Secondly, harsh judgment came upon these people AFTER their redemption through Grace from Egypt.  There was a separation of the goats from the sheep, so-to-speak, from among His redeemed people.  Many perished for their rebellion to God's Torah including Korah.  

We are told in Romans 15:4 that "whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction."  And 2 Timothy confirms this by saying that Scripture (being the Old Testament - because the New Testament was not canonized til hundreds of years later) is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for our correction and for our training in righteousness.

So what does scripture teach us on what true repentance is?  Let us turn to the Scriptures, to our instructions, and find out what the Bride is still missing regarding true repentance.

Grace first, followed by God's Torah (instructions on how to live as a people set apart by His grace) and in the end, a war against those who accepted His Grace and then trampled upon it by refusing to submit and believe His Torah as holy, righteous and good.  After all, this very Torah became flesh and blood and dwelt among us.  These are those whom Yeshua will say "as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them [because they thought me harsh], bring them here and slaughter them before me."  (Luke 19:27)

So my darlings, let us not presume on God's mercy... but let us bear fruit in keeping with our repentance.  True scriptural repentance as defined by God, not man.

(as a side note, I apologize for the shaky video footage.  I am an amateur of amateurs! ;)

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