Perhaps this is the last hour.
“Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of heaven is at hand, repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)
God, who is eternal, has a thing about time when it comes to His creation. From the beginning of creation He began counting days. He determined the time the nation Israel would be raised in bondage. When they were freed God established appointments on certain days for them to keep. At the proper time Jesus came to give man the Creator’s message. “Repent and believe in the gospel.”
If this is the last hour before the “Day of the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 5:2 and many other verses) there is no time to waste in understanding Christ’s words. Soon the King will return and there will no longer remain time for repentance. So let us turn away from ourselves and be attentive to God. Believe every word of the His message delivered to us by His Son.
A message for sinners.
“I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:32) It doesn’t take much living to know there are a lot of people who are too self-satisfied to hear God’s call. And then there are the rest of us who, in the light of God’s revelation, are willing to admit to our condition. We are the sinners called to repentance.
“Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) So what does it mean to repent?
Repentance is the action of one’s spirit when believing the gospel of God. There is born a desire to please God because of what He has done for you. To repent is to hate your sin so much that you cry out to Christ to free you from its bondage. Repentance begins as the Holy Spirit teaches us God’s “thoughts and ways” (Isaiah 55:8-9) while showing us our own. It ends when time runs out. Those who continue to believe will be conformed to the likeness of Christ. (1 John 3:2)
“Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end,” (Hebrews 3:12-14)
Why write this today? Perhaps this is the last hour.