How is repentance a key to the language of creation that will ultimately save men out of death? For a long time now the “Christian” world has talked about forgiveness and love, but without repentance these two words are manipulated into what we want them to be. In probably the most famous saying used from the bible, John 3:16, the statement is made, “(F)for God so loved the world”. If men will not repent and allow themselves to be renewed in their thinking, how will we ever truly understand what is being said here? How does a person repent? We have big crusades that fill up tents, halls, arenas, and stadiums all throughout the world and we count the cards that people fill out or count the number of people that answered an alter call and say they were saved or converted. I know this is hard for us to believe because of what we have been taught, but there were many more people following Jesus as disciples than just the twelve. These twelve were called out specifically and for a purpose as we have read in the accounts that have been passed through history. John recorded a day when many turned and stopped following Jesus as disciples because of what he was teaching. (Chapter 6) Jesus also asked the disciples that day if they would go away as well. Why has the word “repent” been lost in our language concerning the message of Jesus? Instead we simply use the terms forgiveness and saved, and we use these two words to say we understand what Jesus described as, believing on the one who was sent. (John 6:22-59) The idea of forgiveness and salvation has been fractured and splintered into denominational doctrine and philosophy. The prism of Jesus now reflected in a different light and color than that of repentance, and the understanding of John 3:16 is now translated into the language of religion rather than the language of creation. We see the word world and we do not understand it from the perspective of the creator, although the ancient world did describe it through the prism of creation simply meaning in Greek, kosmos-cosmos, orderly arrangement (Strong’s Ref #2889). Mankind is simply one part of this orderly arrangement we know as the Kingdom of Heaven, and it does not diminish the standing of the creation of mankind within that orderly arrangement if we set our minds to the nature of our role within that arrangement. Here we are right back where we were with the first couple, and we are faced with the tree of life or the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The language of the “Christian” religion has taken away that accountability to this decision, and the repentance necessary to renew our minds with the knowledge of life given to us by the Father so that we are born again. Instead we love the seduction, the mystery, and we continue to arrange the kingdom as we please rather than what pleases the Father in whom we find the language of creation.
What tree are we eating from?