“Every soul will either be damned in hell or will be pardoned in Christ.”
– Steve Lawson
Escape from the wrath of God and flee to Christ in repentance and faith!
Have you repented of your sins and put your trust in Jesus Christ alone?
Today is the day, there is no promise for tomorrow!
Many people think that God can just forgive our sins because He’s loving. Nothing could be further from the truth. The cross speaks to us not only about our sin but about God’s holiness.
We usually think of God’s holiness as His infinite moral purity, but there’s more to it than that. The basic meaning of the word holy is “separate,” and when used of God it means, among other things, that He’s eternally separate from any degree of sin. He does not sin Himself, and He cannot abide or condone sin in His moral creatures. He’s not like the proverbial indulgent grandfather who winks at or ignores a grandchild’s mischievous disobedience. Instead, God’s holiness responds to sin with immutable and eternal hatred. To put it plainly, God hates sin. The psalmist said, “The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers,” and “God is a righteous judge, a God who expresses his wrath every day” (Psalm 5: 5; 7: 11, NIV). God always hates sin and inevitably expresses His wrath against it.
The cross expresses God’s holiness in His determination to punish sin, even at the cost of His Son. And it expresses His love in sending His Son to bear the punishment we so justly deserved. We cannot begin to understand the true significance of the cross unless we understand something of the holiness of God and the depth of our sin. And a continuing sense of the imperfection of our obedience, arising from the constant presence and remaining power of indwelling sin, drives us more and more as believers to an absolute dependence on the grace of God given to us through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.~Jerry Bridges
You were straying like sheep. (1 PETER 2: 25) One of the most damning indictments of mankind is found in Isaiah 53: 6: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way” (NIV). Going our own way is the very essence, the very core, of sin. Your way may be to give money to charity; another person’s way may be to rob a bank. But neither is done with reference to God; both of you have gone your own way. And in a world governed by a sovereign Creator, that is rebellion. When a particular territory rebels against a nation’s central government, the citizens of that territory may be generally decent individuals. But all their goodness is irrelevant to the central government, to whom there’s only one issue: the state of rebellion.
Sometimes governments are so corrupt, we may applaud a rebellious territory. But God’s government is perfect and just. His moral law is “holy, righteous and good” (Romans 7: 12, NIV). No one has a valid reason to rebel against His government. We rebel for only one reason: We were born rebellious, with a perverse inclination to go our own way, to set up our own internal government rather than submit to God.
It’s not that some become sinful because of an unfortunate childhood environment while others are blessed with a highly moral upbringing. Rather we’re all born sinners with a corrupt nature, a natural inclination to go our own way. As David wrote, “I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalm 51: 5). David acknowledges he was sinful while still in his mother’s womb, even during the period of pregnancy when as yet he had performed no actions, either good or bad.~Jerry Bridges
So have you experienced repentance or remorse?
Judas lived daily with God’s Son for three years, yet in the end rejected and betrayed Him, succumbed to severe guilt (but no real repentance), committed suicide, and went “to his own place”, that is, hell….
As Judas watched Jesus being carried away to Pilate, the full enormity of his treachery finally began to dawn on him as he realized the Jewish leaders did indeed intend to put Jesus to death. The one last obstacle was the permission of Pilate, which Judas had no reason to believe would be denied. Once Pilate consented, Jesus’ death would be inevitable.
The sight was devastating to Judas, more than even his money-hungry mind, his sordid soul, and his seared conscience could deal with. He felt remorse as he began to experience the intense, excruciating pain that is unique to profound guilt.
No man could be more evil than Judas Iscariot. Only eleven other men in all of history have had the intimate, personal relationship he had with the incarnate Son of God, No man has ever been more exposed to God’s perfect truth, both in precept and example. No man has been more exposed firsthand to God’s love, compassion, power, kindness, forgiveness, and grace. No man has had more evidence of Jesus’ divinity or more firsthand knowledge of the way of salvation. Yet in all of those three indescribably blessed years with Jesus, Judas did not take so much as the first step of faith.
In a way that defies comprehension, Judas persistently resisted and rejected God’s truth, God’s grace, and even God’s own Son. Also in a way that defies understanding, he managed to completely conceal his wicked rebellion from everyone but Jesus. His hypocrisy was so complete and deceptive that even when Jesus predicted that one of the disciples would betray Him, Judas was not suspected.
Judas was so totally trapped in the darkness and corruption of sin that he became a willing instrument of Satan. Because this false disciple had totally renounced Christ, “Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot” (Luke 22:3), and it was then a simple matter to persuade him to betray Jesus (John 13:2). Judas’s heart was so utterly hardened to the things of God that long before he consciously considered betraying Him, Jesus called him a devil (John 6:70).
Even so, Judas could not escape the divinely designed signal of guilt that reminds men of their sin and warns them of its consequences. Just as pain is an intrinsic and automatic warning of physical danger, guilt is an intrinsic and automatic warning of spiritual danger. It was not that Judas suddenly became afraid of God, else he would have turned in desperation to the One he knew could forgive him. Nor was he afraid of men. Although he was now discarded and despised by the Jewish leaders, they had no reason to harm him. It was rather that Judas suddenly realized the horrible wrongness of what he had done. An innate awareness of right and wrong is divinely built into every human being and cannot be totally erased, no matter how deep a person may fall into depravity or how consciously and rebelliously he may turn against God. This is intensified by the convicting pressure of the Spirit of God.
Judas’s remorse was not repentance of sin, as the King James version suggests. Matthew did not use metanoeo, which means a genuine change of mind and will, but metamelomai, which merely connotes regret or sorrow. He did not experience spiritual penitence but only emotional remorse. Although he would not repent of his sin, he could not escape the reality of his guilt. Genuine sorrow for sin (metamelomai) can be prompted by God in order to produce repentance (metanoeo), as Paul declares in 2 Corinthians 7:10. But Judas’s remorse was not prompted by God to lead to repentance but only to guilt and despair.
Because he was a kind of witness against Jesus, perhaps Judas thought that by admitting the wickedness of what he had done he would be punished as a false witness, as Deuteronomy 19:16–19 prescribed. Under that provision, he would have been crucified himself, suffering the penalty imposed on the one he caused to be falsely convicted. Instead of looking to Jesus’ for forgiveness and trusting in His atoning death, Judas’s perverted mind may have led him to believe that by dying he somehow could atone for his own sin.
Proof that Judas’s sorrow was ungodly and selfish is seen in the fact that he made no effort to defend or rescue Jesus. He had no desire to vindicate or save Jesus but only to salve his own conscience, which he attempted to do by returning the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders.~John MacArthur
Is your life a witness against Jesus? Never confuse guilt and remorse with repentance. In continuing to live a life that mocks the cross and that betrays the one that you may call Lord with your lips while denying Him with your actions and continuing to deny Him, then you ARE Judas. You have the rope in your hand….which tree are you going to throw it around? Or have you gone Judas’s final way already, too seared, too self centered, too deceitful, too proud, too self serving that God has simply turned you over to your sin? If you think you can continue as you have been, crucifying Christ over and over again by how you live and the sinful choices you continue to make, perhaps He has given you over.
If you have been given the truth of the word of God and yet cannot accurately apply your sin to that picture, not being able to truly repent, no matter how guilty and remorseful you may feel at times (and if you look at your life in the mirror of God’s word, honestly if able, you KNOW how lost you really are despite what James refers to as the faith of demons) then it may just be too late for you as a result of your own ongoing sinful choices and loves and pridefulness. In that case, none of this will apply to you. At least in your own mind. Such a tragedy.
Now, you may love to speak of Jesus, or God to those who you wish to impress with your knowledge of the word, not of Him since you do not know Him, but the word will suffice for a while until the routine becomes too well known and you have to move on. But still you will never be able to get around the fact that if there is not biblical fruit showing and growing in your day to day living, you are as dead as Judas. Talk of Him or do not…Either way, your life betrays your eternal condition. And the only one blind to it is you.
You may feel that you are, but you will never be clever enough to hide what you really are. And if a light, no bushel could hide it anyway.
But just in case you may still have a God given hope, then may He throw you to your knees in abject horror of your wicked sins against a Holy God, may He break your will along with your hard and seared heart and grant you the repentance that leads to salvation and a complete surrender to the biblical Jesus Christ as MASTER.
Throw yourself on His mercy, crawl like the worn that you are to His feet and beg Him…Save me! Oh Lord God, save me please!! Please Lord, make me Yours forever, make me new in You, do what You will with me but make me Yours for Your glory! Make me new! Make this heart of stone a heart of flesh, and make this flesh all Yours! Oh God, Please!!! I want YOU to be everything to me. Forever. Even if I go to Hell I want YOU to be my Master, my Lord, my Love!!
If it is a genuine cry, He will hear and He will save. If only vain emotion, as Judas had, He hears not one peep. And you are left with less than Judas’s hand emptied of 30 pieces of silver. You are left alone with your own choices. Eternally. Damned.