What’s More Important for Salvation than Yeshua? Repentance

I know, I know- you have always been told that Yeshua (Jesus) is your Savior, and if you call on his name, you will be saved, your sins will be forgiven, you will be cleansed, yadda-yadda-yadda.

Well, it takes a lot more than that.

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Did you ever think that every demon in hell knows Yeshua? In fact, they have seen him, but do you think that they are saved? I don’t.

This is a very short and simple, but maybe hard to hear word, that I want to share with you-

Yeshua ain’t enough!

God will not forgive an unrepentant sinner, and I do not believe that Yeshua will intercede for someone who continually sins and expects that they will be automatically forgiven just because they believe (and they really do!) that Yeshua is the Messiah God promised to send.

You may disagree, especially if you are one of those who have been misled into accepting that lie from the pit of Sheol that is known as OSAS (Once Saved, Always Saved).

But the truth is, as seen throughout the Tanach, just going through the motions without repentance is useless.

In the New Covenant, the writer of Hebrews tells us (Hebrews 10:26-30):

For if we deliberately continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but only the terrifying prospect of Judgment, of raging fire that will consume the enemies. Someone who disregards the Torah of Moshe is put to death without mercy on the word of two or three witnesses. Think how much worse will be the punishment deserved by someone who has trampled underfoot the Son of God; who has treated as something common the blood of the covenant which made him holy; and who has insulted the Spirit, giver of God’s grace.

Here’s the thing: God is not stupid. He knows your heart, he knows what you are thinking, and if you say you are sorry, but you really aren’t, he will know. And he will not forgive you if you really aren’t sorry that you sinned.

And you know what? You’ll probably piss off Yeshua, as well, because after all he went through just so that you are able to ask God to forgive your sins, here you are without any real feelings of remorse or repentance.

So, when it comes down to it, accepting that Yeshua is your Messiah is not as important as being honestly, heartfully, and genuinely repentant for having committed a sin.

Oh, don’t get me wrong- you definitely need to accept Yeshua as your Messiah because without him, your chances of being cleansed of your sin haven’t got much of a chance.

That doesn’t mean you are out of the race, no- I believe (and you can disagree) that God can do whatever he wants to, and if someone doesn’t really think Yeshua is the Messiah, but they try to live in accordance with God’s Torah as best they can (which is the most any of us are capable of doing), and they know they sinned, and they are truly repentant, and they sincerely ask God to forgive them, well, I think he just might. Even without Yeshua, even without the temple, even without a sacrifice.

Why would he do that? Because I believe, reading in the Tanakh how God describes himself, that he is our loving, compassionate, merciful, and understanding Savior, and if he feels that someone is genuinely sorry for sinning, and he feels that person deserves to be forgiven, then I believe- temple sacrifice or not, Yeshua’s sacrifice or not, that God will forgive them!

I could be wrong, and so I always suggest it is best to accept Yeshua as your Messiah, and to be truly repentant when you screw up, and to honestly confess it, and ask forgiveness of God, each and every time. I ask forgiveness every morning, even if I don’t think I did anything wrong, because I know myself, and that means that I probably did do something wrong.

And you probably did something wrong, also.

Okay, that’s it for today, so have a blessed day, l’hitraot, and Baruch HaShem!

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