Your Creator Commands You to Repent

Elohim [God] that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Sovereign of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed any thing, seeing He gives to all life, and breath, and all things; And has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation that they should seek the Supreme One, in the hope that they might feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us. For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his offspring’. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of Elohim, we ought not to think that the Divine Being is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance Elohim winked at; but now commands all men every where to repentBecause He has appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He has ordained; whereof He has given assurance unto all men, in that He has raised him from the dead. (Acts 17:24-31)

These words were spoken by the Apostle Paul to the idolatrous inhabitants of Athens, Greece who had many gods, many altars, many religious festivals, but who did not know the one true Elohim (God) of heaven and earth, Almighty Yahweh, our Creator. They had been worshiping images chiseled out of stone, carved out of wood, or engraved from precious metals. For centuries, perhaps even millennia, the Creator overlooked (winked at) such ignorance, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.

Perhaps you are saying to yourself, “How can people be so foolish as to worship inanimate objects?” That’s a good question. Such people have a desire to worship a being they believe exists, but they are ignorant about how to do it. What is worse, however, is when people idolize objects even though they know those things are not gods. I am referring to making money, cars, people, television, sports teams, etc, your own personal idol.

Idolatry is the “excessive admiration or love shown for somebody or something” (Encarta Dictionary).

Does this definition apply to you in any way? If so, your Creator commands you to repent of your idolatry and worship Him alone. Verse 31 above tells us our Creator has appointed a day in which He will judge mankind. That day is coming sooner than you think. The judge that He has appointed is His only begotten Son, Messiah Yeshua (aka  Jesus). Not only will the Messiah be your judge and impose an eternal death sentence upon you if you choose to not repent, but he is also appointed to be your Savior if you choose to repent.

And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. (1 John 4:14)

Hopefully you are thinking, “What must I do to be saved?” That same question was asked by a prison guard in Acts 16:30:

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto Elohim: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Master Yeshua Messiah, and you shall be saved, and your house. And they spoke unto him the word of the Master, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, immediately. (Acts 16:25-33)

Here are a few more verses found in the Bible that may help you to make the right decision to repent of your sins (turn from them) and believe on the Master Yeshua the Messiah.

And [Yeshua] unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it was needful for Messiah to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:46-47)

For [Yahweh] so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For [Yahweh] sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of [Yahweh]. (John 3:16-18)

Yeshua said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:25-26)

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yeshua Messiah for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as Yahweh our Elohim shall call. (Acts 2:38-39)

That if you shall confess with your mouth the Master Yeshua, and shall believe in your heart that Elohim has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)

Those that do not repent of their sins and turn to Messiah Yeshua for forgiveness and salvation will face the judge of all the earth bearing their own sins. Their final destination is sealed, that is, the Lake of Fire.

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before Elohim; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and the grave delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and the grave were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15)

There is only one way to be found in the book of life:

And this is the record, that Elohim has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of Elohim has not life. (1 John 5:11-12)

If you are hesitant about repenting of your sins or receiving the Master Yeshua as your Savior, let’s talk about it. Reply to this blog below and I’ll do my best to answer your objections, dispel your fears and help you to become one with your Creator and His Son.

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