“If you desire a satisfactory relationship with God, two pillars must be firmly anchored in your life. You must believe that He is in control and that He has your best interest at heart.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Who can tell if God will tum and repent, and tum away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?” Jonah 3:9
When Jonah preached to the Assyrian capitol, Nineveh, he said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.”213 Jonah did not promise the people that if they repented God would save them. Repentance does not guarantee deliverance. Rather repentance means God is just in judging; you hope your sorrowful acknowledgement that you are worthy of judgment will cause God to “turn away form His fierce anger.”
In a number of religions people acknowledge that they are sinful, turn to God, and repent of their sin. Like the people in Nineveh, their repentance does not guarantee that God will not judge them. You cannot have legitimate assurance of forgiveness without a promise from the One that you have offended. Nor can you have assurance without the satisfaction of justice. These two truths make the Gospel of our Lord Jesus absolutely unique among the religions of the world. Not only did God transfer your guilt to Christ so that His justice is perfectly and completely satisfied; He also assures you with a promise that if you believe on His Son you will be saved.
Repentance is essential, but never presume to come to God with a broken heart of repentance without acknowledging your dependence upon Jesus Christ’s death as the sole basis of God’s mercy. It is only in His name and for His sake that God promises to forgive you.
213 Jonah 3:4
2 Kings 24-25 John 5:1-24 (New King James Version)
2 Kings 24-25
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