Sunday Morning Podcast February 15, 2015. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: MATTHEW 3:1-2
1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
In the 3rd chapter of Matthew, 1, 2nd verses, it exhorts one to repent for the kingdom of heaven is both coming and already here. Repentance is the key into the kingdom of heaven. Parables of the 25th chapter of Matthew, gives two accounts of being prepared, for the return of the bridegroom in the one, and the master in the other. Both accounts are a lesson on making sure we are prepared for the kingdom of heaven. The account of the one in particular, is of a man traveling to a far country. Beforehand he entrusts his servants with “talents” (or investments), to make profitable returns on. The thought brought out in both illustrations, is the need to be ready for the Master’s return, on a date no one is given to know. In each, (the brides, and of the servants), it became necessary to focus on pleasing the bridegroom (or the master), and not theirselves in order to be ready. For the kingdom of heaven (or Salvation) only comes at a cost. A cost of repenting of our own ways of self and sin, in order to please God to be ready for His return. It is a translation from darkness to light spiritually. It is a translation that can only come through a “born again” experience, (or a spiritual birth). In John 3:3, (Nicodemus came to Jesus by night because essentially he did not understand things spiritual). “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he will not see the kingdom of God.
It is interesting to note, that the thought of repentance (which brings the born again experience) is important enough to be found in almost every chapter of Matthew, and often in all of the different gospel books. God made it that important. Repentance is the price we pay for entrance into God’s Kingdom. The meaning of repentance is to deny anything that would stand in the way of God’s holiness for our life. Full repentance from sin will also cause us to be willing to suffer, or die, rather than forsake Truth and not be ready to enter God’s Kingdom. It also will mean, that we have set aside, or turned away from any known inclination of self, and sin. And to then be purified, and made worthy through Christ’s cleansing blood. Then determining to never return to sin, …which corrupts the soul. It takes a willingness to suffer for Jesus, denouncing our own wisdom, for His.
Have you repented to experience a transition from darkness to light? Have you been born again to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven?