Whose relationship is it? It is God’s relationship with you. The Lord enters relationship with those who have faith. Hebrews 4: 12-16:
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Jesus the Great High Priest
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (NIV)
Mercy is what was prophesied for Gentiles, not cultivated by Law. But the barking dogs like those screaming repent of your sin instead want you to read scripture like it is the ten commandments and manipulate your own flesh, by your own flesh into the form they claim God demands.
But as Jesus explains he himself speaks to the Holy Spirit and the Spirit speaks to the sheep who know Jesus’ voice. (John 10: 27; John 16: 12-14) The barking dogs believe they are called to make others feel guilt which they assess as useful, however, they are calling for treatment of the symptoms and not the disease.
Jesus ended that sort of condemnation (Matthew 11: 28-30) by making the way for those who are “born again” of the Spirit. Nicodemus was in community with the Pharisees, as a leader among the Pharisees and accountable to others certainly as close to sinless as anyone can be by the flesh.
Jesus said to him, when he acknowledged “we know you are a teacher from God for no one could do the works you are doing if God were not with him”, Jesus: “I tell you you must be born again.”
John 3: 3:
“Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” (NIV)
John 3: 5:
“Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” (NIV)
Born of water is a Jewish idiom for physical birth for all you Church of Christ-ers. The act of Baptism is not the new birth. I was submersion Baptized months after my rebirth birth in the Spirit. In between those events, my own father, whose house I was living in became a “born again” Christian due to the drastic change he saw in me. Friends and acquaintances also were saved because of my new life in Christ.
Baptism is a public testimony of the born again relationship you profess with Jesus and I endorse it. More important is the internal Spiritual union with the Lord through his Spirit.
If Jesus required Baptism, for salvation he would have told Nicodemus so. He did not!
Paul simply lays it out in Romans 10: 8-13:
“But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (NIV)
Jesus himself at John 5: 24:
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” (NIV)
So, did Jesus say repent? Yes he said, Metanoia (The Greek) which means “after mind” In Mark 1 we find Jesus telling Jews, living under Jewish Law to have a new mind (about that law) and believe the good news.
“… Believe the Good News!”
Mark 1: 14, 15:
“After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (NIV)
Metanoia was mistranslated by Jerome, a catholic as “do penance.” Not “change your mind.” So it has come to mean something that was never was spoken by Jesus or John. The word REPENT is not used even one time anywhere in the book of John.
Like Mike Lindell, I will give anyone $ 5,000,000.00 for an example of repent in the book of John. (I don’t actually have $ 5,000,000.00) IT IS NOT THERE!
So as put forth by the barking dogs, it cannot be a feature required for salvation in Jesus or it would be found in Account of John.
The Barking Dogs, many of whom have amassed fortunes in the seven figures have laid out cookie cutter patterns for how they will allow you to claim to be Christians. Jesus told the apostles, “follow me.” They followed him to martyrdom with the exception of John who died at 99 per tradition.
The demoniac in Luke 8: 26-39 was delivered from a legion of demons.
Luke 8: 38, 39:
“The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.” (NIV)
This is evidence that the Lord has different plans for individual believers. So he communicates with us individually as he promises throughout scripture. That by the Spirit of truth who sanctifies all who are born again, as Jesus explained and prayed in John 17. Does the Father answer the prayers of the Son?
This aligns with the prophesy about the new covenant in Jeremiah 31: 31-34:
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
34 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.” (NIV)
And Jesus says this to reinforce reality at Matthew 23:
“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (NIV)
Jesus in John 5: 24:
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.” (NIV)
Here’s what he says about judging in John 8: 15:
“You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.” (NIV)
I pass judgment on no one.
Jesus did not come to make bad people good. He came to make dead people alive. Being alive by the Spirit entails new birth and newness of life that leads to the fruit of the Spirit.
Galatians 5: 13-18:
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” (NIV)
When Jesus said the jots and tittles will be abolished when heaven and earth disappear when heaven and earth disappear he was saying the law will be standard the world will be judged by, however, those who believe Jesus’ Father “WILL NOT BE JUDGED (John 5: 24) BUT HAVE PASSED OVER FROM DEATH TO LIFE.”
Galatians 5: 4, 5:
“You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.” ( NIV)
That is the falling away. It has progressed through the church age. 2 Timothy 3: 1-5:
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” (NIV)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” (NIV)
Jesus will have the last word. John 6: 28, 29:
“Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (NIV)
So if you are ready to seek the Lord with your whole heart ask him to be your savior, now. “Jesus please reveal yourself to me in my spirit.” I am an unworthy sinner and you came to call sinners, not the righteous. Please accept the Lord’s invitation. He will lead you from there. I have faith in him to be your shepherd and he will reveal his voice to you.
Thank you for visiting my site and for reading my posts. Romans 10: 12, 13:
“… the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (NIV)