By Pastor William F. Kumuyi
Mind you, we are not talking about a short term stay in hell for a year, ten years nor a century nor a mille-nnium, but forever in end-less eternity.
If I were you, I will have a rethink and take the offer Jesus Christ has left for all those who have decided against the life of sin.
The decision to live above sin is the best choice that can happen to a true creature formed in the image and likeness of God. But some people who are too weak to resist sin have the notion that we are all sinners.
No, we are not all sinners. It is abundantly clear for all to see that God has the power to keep all those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour from sinning.
I John 5:18 “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.”
They that are born of God, through the blood of Jesus Christ, know that they can-not sin.
The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin, but whoso-ever claims that he does not need cleansing, because he has no sin is a deceiver. Such a person does not want to apply the blood of the lamb to cleanse his sins and he does not want to go to the Lord for forgiveness beca-use he is self-willed. And the Bible has something to say about them.
Proverbs 30:12 “There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthi-ness.”
This set of people can be a congregational gathering or a philosophical move-ment that thinks they are alright, but are not washed from their filthiness through the blood of Jesus.
Another set of these kinds are backsliders. They can be full of themselves even when it is obvious to others that they are on the wrong path.
I Samuel 15:13-15 “And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the command-ment of the LORD. And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.”
Everybody except Saul knew that he did not follow through to the express command and instructions of God. He committed sin in its’ entirety, but refused to admit guilt. Eventually, he died in sin and backsliding.
The likes of Saul who are among us today still have the chance to repent from the state of backsliding, as the word of God comes to them, because the blood that cleanses from the stables of calvary is availa-ble and washes whiter than snow. But those who are ashamed or too proud to own up their sin will die like the self-righteous Saul and end up spending the rest of their eternal future in a sorry place.
Psalms 36:1-2 “The trans-gression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his in-iquity be found to be hate-ful.”
Do not be part of those who flatter themselves thinking that they are alright even when they are living in sin.
That is why God said in Jeremiah 2:22-23 that they are so filthy to a heightened degree that the soap(the blood of Jesus) that will restore them was still in the making.
Are you like one of those who commit secret sin and in the open pretend to be alright because of your commitment in the house of God? Let me remind you that if you fail to repent, the judg-ment of God will fall upon you. I trust that you will repent and let the blood of Jesus perform its’ redempt-ive work in your life. It is going to happen in Jesus name.
Jeremiah 2:33-35 “Why tri-mmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways.
Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these. Yet thou sayest, Be-cause I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned.”
They have a way of teach-ing other people to become insensitive to the preaching of the word of God; while they feign innocence in the act of evil deeds, because they do not foresee divine judgment tilting towards there direction.
Pontius Pilate, in a bid to demonstrate his innocence before the crowd of witness-es calling for the death of Jesus Christ, washed his hands off their sinister intentions; yet his guilt was on show for all to see when he endorsed that the sold-iers scourge Jesus with many stripes. I wonder the hypocrisy behind the hand wash ceremony he under-went.
Luke 16:15 “And he said un-to them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”
Let no man rise up like Saul or Pilate and say that they have no sin. That will be self deceit.
If from a deep sense of guilt and unrighteousness, with utter helplessness we confess and forsake our sins and plead for His mercy, He is faithful to forgive. But those who remain in deception and flattery till the jaws of death snatch them away from the land of the living will spend eternity in hell fire. That is exactly what Proverbs 28:13 meant when it says, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
Isaiah 55:6-7 “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”
We obtain forgiveness from the LORD when we pray asking for it in all sincerity, with the sole aim of turning away from sin and returning to God.
Acts 3:19, 26 “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.”
If we must have a healthy relationship with God, then repentance from sin is very important and when His forgiveness comes, it will turn us away from all unrighteousness. But it is crucial that we play our part by coming out completely from sin as stated in 2 Corinthians 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
2 Corinthians 7:1 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
You cannot continue in sin with the false hope that your are going to enjoy the dividends of God’s forgiveness. No, it does not work that way. That is why you must quit playing religion by checking up on your life; and if there appear some shades of lying, hypocrisy, fornication, stealing, adultery, violence, anger, pornography, et cetera; you take it to the Lord with all the seriousness it deserves.
2 Timothy 2:21-22 “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”
I do not know how many times we must have read the above scriptures and yet there is no love in the family; I do not know how many times, as a preacher, you must have preached that sermon, but then I wonder why that love life is still lacking. I pray that we will not just be hearers of God’s words in vein in Jesus name. But that your life time partner will see its’ effect in your life.
Ephesians 5:26-27 “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
That is the plan of the Lord and that is exactly what He intends to actualization and He will bring it to pass in our lives in Jesus name.
But bear it is mind that it is the blood of Jesus that accomplishes that; and the blood of Jesus, which is still available is mighty and powerful and still sets men free. It has not failed before nor will it fail now in any of our lives in Jesus name.
Hebrews 13:12-13 “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.”
We need total cleansing, total forgiveness for our sins and entire salvation as well as real holiness of life, because heaven is our ultimate goal. And if that is your number one priority, then you really need to park your bus with Jesus and let Him cleanse you with His blood.
Why not take the prime decision and go to him in prayers today? I bet He is all ears wanting to hear your first words right now.