A WORD TO THE WISE
Dr. Walter Olsen
Is it necessary to repent in order to go to heaven? Long ago Jesus answered that question when He said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17). Granted, he was speaking to Israel as a nation regarding the kingdom He had promised them.
He was saying life in the kingdom is far different from life apart from the kingdom of God. Life outside of the kingdom is characterized by sin, that is, by everything that is contrary to the kingdom. If one were to enjoy fellowship with God in His kingdom, his life must be different. It must conform to Christ Himself. The only way that could happen is for people to repent of their sins, to have a change of mind and heart. On the basis of their repentance, their sins would be forgiven and they could have fellowship with God and walk with Him in His kingdom. The same is true today. If we would have fellowship with God and live with Him in His heaven, we must repent of our sins. We must acknowledge our sinfulness and believe in Him as the Son of God and the One who died for our sins and was raised again from the dead. That is the glorious good news of the Bible. Yes, we are sinners, but we don’t have to remain under the condemnation of sin!
First Baptist Church of Woodville
Dennis Tapp, Pastor 715-698-2624