Repent Or Perish
Luke 13:1-5: There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Repent is a word that is not commonly used in our culture. Since those who don*t do it shall perish, we need to know what it is and do it. It means to think differently, or afterwards to reconsider morally, to feel compunction.
My Unger*s Bible dictionary defines it thus:
A change of mind in the theological and ethical sense, a fundamental and thorough change in the hearts of men from sin and toward God. Repentance is bound up with faith and is inseparable from it. Without some measure of faith no one can truly repent, and repentance never attains to its deepest character till the sinner realizes through saving faith how great is the grace of God against whom he has sinned. Repentance contains as essential elements a genuine sorrow toward God on account of sin and an inward repugnance to sin necessarily followed by the actual forsaking of it.
Jesus was speaking to some individuals who believed that some Galileans must have been worse sinners than they were since they had perished in a quick and tragic fashion. What He communicated was that we are all sinners just like the Galileans and we all deserve a sudden and tragic death.
Proverbs 6:12: A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. 13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; 14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. 15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
Proverbs 29:1: He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
There is something in genuine salvation that causes men to abhor sin in others and ESPECIALLY in themselves and strive to stop it. That something is the power of God working in the lives of those who have received Jesus.
Proverbs 28:13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Philippians 2:12-13: Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Those who are saved ought to work with God to discontinue their sin.
Romans 8:11-14: But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Repentance is what separates true believers from false believers. If you have no desire to forsake it, and at least some success at forsaking it, I doubt that you are saved from sin and I don*t see how you can believe that you are.