Episode 25 – Podcast Show – Touching People For Heaven – With Your Host Preacher John
Luke 13:3 (KJV) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Shall All Likewise Perish
Shall All Likewise Perish – Luke 13:3 (KJV) – Friday, April 5, 2019
Luke 13:3 (KJV) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
I know, right off the bat and I’m talking about repenting! Why is it that I seem to always be talking about quitting sin and leaving the world and repenting to the point that all that you want people to do is serve God? I mean really, isn’t there anything else that you want to talk on, John?
Yes there is, however, I’m not my own! I serve as a minister under Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit! I’m commissioned and ordained to preach the gospel, to minister the Holy Spirit, and to build God a church in Boulder, Colorado!
Always talking about Jesus
So when someone asks or criticizes me for always talking about Jesus and seemingly never talking about living here and working and having a family and all the stuff we do to build a life for ourselves here on earth… you don’t talk about all that! Why? I mean, there are preachers all over the world talking about how to have a great life right now, and to have a successful life, and to build a great career and business… but you talk about repenting of our sins! What gives? Why are you so different and obtuse to all the preachers and praise songs that I hear? Because all these talk about life on earth and how we can do better! But you don’t, John?
My dear friend, what does the Word of God say? Does it say love the world? Does it say build up wealth in bank and retirement accounts? Does it say, learn all about the world and how to survive until you succeed in your career? Let’s go take a look and talk about it, what do you think, deal?
Parallel verse that doubles the impact
Today’s text verse is Luke 13:3 (KJV) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Along with this verse, there is a parallel verse that doubles the impact and doubles the importance of our context. That verse is Luke 13:5 (KJV) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Can you see it, it has the exact same wording! Why is that? This is a question that each individual listening to me should ask of the Holy Spirit.
Because the answer that you will get will be different that the answer someone else may receive. This is not to say that we can’t have an answer right here, but I wanted to make the point that speaking to the Comforter… the Spirit of Truth, will give a personal or I suppose I could say a custom answer for your particular point in your life. God knows where you are and what you need at every moment of your life. Have faith my friend! God loves you! He really does!
Luke 13:5 (KJV) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
I think what I want to do is clearly define this word “REPENT.” Let’s use the Webster Revised Unabridged Dictionary of 1913 to get a start on our discussion…
1. To feel pain, sorrow, or regret, for what one has done or omitted to do.
First she relents
With pity; of that pity then repents. Dryden.
2. To change the mind, or the course of conduct, on account of regret or dissatisfaction.
Lest, peradventure, the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt. Exodus 13:17.
3. (Theol.) To be sorry for sin as morally evil, and to seek forgiveness; to cease to love and practice sin.
Except ye repent, ye shall likewise perish. Luke 12:3.
We can also take a look at Easton’s Bible Dictionary for “repentance”
Evangelical repentance consists of (1) a true sense of one’s own guilt and sinfulness; (2) an apprehension of God’s mercy in Christ; (3) an actual hatred of sin (Psalm 119:128; Job 42:5-6; 2 Corinthians 7:10) and turning from it to God; and (4) a persistent endeavour after a holy life in a walking with God in the way of his commandments.
The true penitent is conscious of guilt (Psalm 51:4,9), of pollution (Psalm 51:5,7,10), and of helplessness (Psalm 51:11; 109:21-22). Thus he apprehends himself to be just what God has always seen him to be and declares him to be. But repentance comprehends not only such a sense of sin, but also an apprehension of mercy, without which there can be no true repentance (Psalm 51:1; 130:4).
Add yourself to my daily prayer
This is my Prayer List. There’s a way to be included in my daily prayer. At the end of this discourse you will find an easy method to add yourself and prayer request! This might be one more way that I can be “Touching People For Heaven“. My dear friend, knowing that someone is praying for you feels very comforting. God works through all kinds of people and things to bring about what he wants. God knows what’s going on. After all… he’s the boss!
Seems a little overwhelming
Now, after going over all that, which for me seems a little overwhelming, remember my mind is oft times slow to comprehend, and I didn’t study these dictionary passages. So, let’s go back to the bible and pick up some verses that I’ve marked for this talk.
Repentance is so important that Jesus does extensive teaching on this topic. Here in Luke we have recorded by the Holy Spirit, close to thirty verses for clarity and study. The best thing for us to do is go over Chapters 12 and 13 on our own time to grasp a deep understanding of what it’s like to be repentant. How’s that sound?
What was it that prompted him to ask
What I want to do now is, talk about verses 23 through 28 in Luke chapter 13. Remember the following relates to our text verse Luke 13:3 (KJV) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. You got it?
Luke 13:23 (KJV) Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved?
And he said unto them, Luke 13:24 (KJV) Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
What gave this disciple the idea to ask Jesus are there few that be saved? That’s my question, I mean what was it that prompted him to ask such a question? And why did he say a few? That’s not very many people, a few… let’s see that’s about 3 people! I know, that’s ridiculous! Few is less that a multitude. Is few is more than one or two?
Just a side bar for a moment: there are times that writing like this is difficult and laborious. The words don’t seem to flow out of me easily, sort of like I have to work to get the words out of me. I stepped away from my computer to pray for a moment and get some tea, while in the kitchen and talking to the Holy Spirit, I heard the reason why this is difficult: is that I’m seeking the counsel of the Spirit of Truth while I am typing!
Instantly I had peace in my heart! Because I thought I was trying to write on my own power. Which I never want to do! Seeking the Holy Spirit is sometimes a labor of sorts. Many of you may not get what I’m trying to say, but there are many who pray and seek and feel as if they are going up hill, my word to you is, keep moving and the Comforter will be there with you all the way! There’s a point in why he is doing it this way. Wow! What a side bar! Let’s move on…
Do you see it?
Luke 13:24 (KJV) Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Do you see it? Look at these words, “…many…will seek to enter in…and shall not be able.” One of the biggest complaints I get about me is that I only talk about one way to God! There are tons of people who think and believe that whatever way they chose to worship God, meaning seek to get to heaven, or get saved…something like that, then that chose they made is just fine and God will except them no matter how they got to heaven! Every religion teaches a way to get to heaven. There are probably millions of variations of religions around the world that all discuss a way to heaven.
Of course they all have a different definition for heaven. And also have different definitions for God. And, well, a different definition for nearly every topic in the Christian’s bible! I almost want to laugh out loud, but maybe I shouldn’t because, you know we don’t want to offend anyone! As they say to me, what makes you think that you are right and that we are wrong? I’ve heard that so many times, I can’t even remember all the times! You have to understand, that I’ve been preaching for around 45 years! All of it on the streets mostly, only a little in corporate church settings. But I have spend many many years working in churches, so I’m not a newbie at this sort of thing or discussion!
They demand of God
Luke 13:25 (KJV) When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
Take a look at these words, “ye begin to stand without” …the word without means the person does not have it! And these, “…saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us;” Isn’t it amazing that they demand of God to let them into heaven! They think they deserve heaven no matter how they have tried to get there! Nothing matters to them, except their own self and their own desires! They’ve lived their entire life for themselves. They could care less during their life to have obeyed God when he said to repent… like in “Acts 2:38 (KJV) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
Preaching salvation through Jesus Christ
In my own life of ministry, I’ve had thousands say that they don’t need that, speaking about salvation, because they don’t believe it! They think God is a myth, a crutch for the religious, and a silly and stupid way to live! That kind of talk doesn’t bother anymore. I just keep going on and preaching salvation through Jesus Christ! I think a lot of my attitude comes from, not just decades of preaching, but my age… I’m 65 now and life appears much different than when I was 25! In fact, I just laugh to myself when I hear young people say, age is only in the mind!
I’m laughing right now! If they only knew the truth of living in a 65 year old body! Maybe the gospel would sound a little more truthful to them. But I doubt it… I know way to many 70 year olds who hate God and want nothing to do with God! That’s when I shake my head in disbelief and say, oh well, God bless you! Have a wonderful day!
Another side bar: verse 25 also says, “…I know you not…” …oops, maybe they don’t get it after all, because in the end, that is what God is going to say, if someone does not have Jesus Christ!
Luke 13:26 (KJV) Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
Now the complaining to God begins, or rather I could say, they are trying to justify or save face on how they have lived their years on earth… ignoring and hating the very words of the bible! I mean really, look at the news press today, if a Christian speaks the tough verses in the bible, they are labeled by unbelievers, “as Hate Speech.” To many Christians, this labeling of hate and persecution is why they don’t preach the gospel to anyone, not even to their own families! How sad. What I hear them say to me is, “I don’t want to offend them.” “They can hear the gospel if they go to church.”
Or they will tell me, “John, I’m not like you, you’re a preacher, I just can’t do that.” All I want to say is, come on man, it’s your daughter’s eternal life, or it’s your son’s eternal life at stake, and it’s your mother or father’s eternal destiny at stake and you don’t want to say anything because you don’t want to upset them! Man, get a hold of yourself and wake up! Times are coming when they will know who God is, but it will be to late for them! Then what are you going to tell me? Huh? What was that? Okay…
Luke 13:27 (KJV) But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
God will have the last word! Not you! Please let me tell you that God is not going to put up with this world for ever! There will be a time of cleansing, and it will come faster than you realize! Why do I say that? Did you know, that, there are about 150,000 people who will die TODAY? That is 150,000 people, the size of many towns across America! Gone… gone forever… then the judgment! And then… forced upon you… every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!
Here’s for those who only read the Old Testament…
Isaiah 45:23 (KJV) I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
And here’s for those who need it in the New Testament to believe it to be for today…
Romans 14:11 (KJV) For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
Philippians 2:10 (KJV) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Except ye repent
The last verse in our little discussion is…
Luke 13:28 (KJV) There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
As you can see, “…and you yourselves thrust out.” …it is not a happy ending to those who will not, or those who refuse, or even those who don’t want to believe it! All this comes right back around to our text verse of Luke 13:3 (KJV) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. AND our parallel verse of Luke 13:5 (KJV) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Folks, let me close this talk with the reading of the 23rd Psalm; it’s just six verses…
Psalm 23:1 (KJV) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
I love you…
I love you my friend… even though we probably have never met…
I love you because you are precious in the sight of God…
I love you for who you are…
I love you just because…
Because you are a miracle creation of God…
You are created to live in eternity with God…
Because God loved you first…
I love you…
Have a great day…
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