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    What’s Required?
    By: Maxine M.

    Do your plans include joining an organization…wanting to belong
    Be it the military, school, club, political party, maybe a small group or thousands strong
    Your eligibility & acceptance will be determined as time moves along

    But there will be requirements to be met, as a part of whatever your future may hold
    “Conditions” in which participation is a MUST, obedience to the laws that unfold
    The urge to disagree & fight authority must always be controlled

    So have you joined a church? They too have precepts, principles and CREED
    A denomination which will ask you to adhere to their guidelines on how to proceed
    They all have ascertained various distinct dogma & requirements to heed

    Should women lead and preach? Is the virgin birth and the Bible TOTALLY accurate for today?
    Can true Salvation be lost? Is immersion baptism the path to God or can there be another way?
    Doesn’t God the Father know our hearts and our willingness to obey?

    Because just joining a church WON’T provide the peace of assurance eternal Salvation will invite
    Authentic repentance and change of heart WON’T be delivered by any religious rite
    Since all humans are born with sinful nature, the Creator and His created souls MUST reunite

    But GOD’s REQUIREMENT to Salvation, the qualification of literally being “born again”
    Is to BELIEVE that Jesus Christ died for you, rose again…offering His gift to ALL men
    That His Son Jesus is the ONE & ONLY Savior there’s ever been

    He declared, BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved
    Whosoever believes in Him shall not perish; saved from the punishment for how they formerly behaved
    Yes!! The only requirement is believing, by His death, the road to Heaven was paved

    The disciples saw the miracles Jesus performed, telling God’s message wherever He went
    Jesus told them to believe the works and to believe the ONE whom the Father had sent
    That all who believe in Christ, wouldn’t be cast out…is what He meant

    The dying thief on the cross was given the promise of Paradise that VERY DAY
    He didn’t know anything about theology, but called Jesus “LORD” anyway
    He had no way to make “restitution”, follow church rules, the commandments obey

    Jesus showed us how we should LIVE to be in agreement with the Father’s will
    Not to meet a required condition…THAT was fully accomplished on Calvary’s hill
    Out of love for Him we want & need to do good; by following Him a change of attitude He’ll instill

    A daily closer walk with Him is the goal, not how many “gray” areas we can live in
    Like Paul, coming to “KNOW” Him is the objective, not yielding anymore to sin
    Trust the promise He made before He left, the assured promise of His coming again

    The church has a theological creed to get members on the same page
    But thank God He knows the individual heart, the ones yielding to Him in every age
    The ones who BELIEVE in His almighty power to Save the souls who will, in His plan, engage

    For believing is having faith in what we, in this life, cannot see
    All skepticism & doubt can be eliminated if we concentrate on Calvary’s tree
    Unwavering trust that the key to Salvation is Jesus’ deliverance…totally free

    And God wants us to follow in His footsteps, once we truly come to believe
    Hope, strength and comfort will come; our burden of sin He’ll relieve
    The heavy weight of trying to be “good” enough…the lie with which Satan tries to deceive

    God welcomes every genuinely repentant willing heart, not just fulfilling what a church requires
    Worship & service is done from love, for the personal miracles that always inspires
    BELIEVING God’s promises is the only way to overcome life’s tempting fires

    If we work to meet an organization’s requirements, they will last only a little time at best
    But by having faith in God the Father’s words, that we become His children when all sins are confessed
    He will help & guide us through all life’s problems, then take us Home to our eternal rest
    sigpicAll poems/prose I post are written by my mom, Maxine M. (Pictured) ...given to her from our Lord. May they bless and encourage all who read. Please feel free to share them with anyone!
    Judy for Jesus

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    Question: "What is repentance and is it necessary for salvation?"

    Answer: Many understand the term repentance (from the Greek word metanoia) to mean “turning from sin.” This is not the biblical definition of repentance. In the Bible, the word repent means “to change one’s mind.” The Bible also tells us that true repentance will result in a change of actions (Luke 3:8-14; Acts 3:19). Acts 26:20 declares, “I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” The full biblical definition of repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of action.

    What, then, is the connection between repentance and salvation? The Book of Acts seems to especially focus on repentance in regards to salvation (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20). To repent, in relation to salvation, is to change your mind in regard to Jesus Christ. In Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts chapter 2), he concludes with a call for the people to repent (Acts 2:38). Repent from what? Peter is calling the people who rejected Jesus (Acts 2:36) to change their minds about Him, to recognize that He is indeed “Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36). Peter is calling the people to change their minds from rejection of Christ as the Messiah to faith in Him as both Messiah and Savior.

    Repentance and faith can be understood as “two sides of the same coin.” It is impossible to place your faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior without first changing your mind about who He is and what He has done. Whether it is repentance from willful rejection or repentance from ignorance or disinterest, it is a change of mind. Biblical repentance, in relation to salvation, is changing your mind from rejection of Christ to faith in Christ.

    It is crucially important that we understand repentance is not a work we do to earn salvation. No one can repent and come to God unless God pulls that person to Himself (John 6:44). Acts 5:31 and 11:18 indicate that repentance is something God gives—it is only possible because of His grace. No one can repent unless God grants repentance. All of salvation, including repentance and faith, is a result of God drawing us, opening our eyes, and changing our hearts. God's longsuffering leads us to repentance (2 Peter 3:9), as does His kindness (Romans 2:4).

    While repentance is not a work that earns salvation, repentance unto salvation does result in works. It is impossible to truly and fully change your mind without that causing a change in action. In the Bible, repentance results in a change in behavior. That is why John the Baptist called people to “produce fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8). A person who has truly repented from rejection of Christ to faith in Christ will give evidence of a changed life (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:19-23; James 2:14-26). Repentance, properly defined, is necessary for salvation. Biblical repentance is changing your mind about Jesus Christ and turning to God in faith for salvation (Acts 3:19). Turning from sin is not the definition of repentance, but it is one of the results of genuine, faith-based repentance towards the Lord Jesus Christ.
    sigpicAll poems/prose I post are written by my mom, Maxine M. (Pictured) ...given to her from our Lord. May they bless and encourage all who read. Please feel free to share them with anyone!
    Judy for Jesus