Read Jeremiah 26:1–6. What hope is the Lord offering the people here?
The message here was the same as the message all through the Bible, Old and New Testament, and that is the call to repentance, to turn away from our sin and find the salvation that God offers to all.
What is the message of the following texts? 2 Chron. 6:37–39, Ezek. 14:6, Matt. 3:2, Luke 24:47, Acts 17:30.
“The inhabitants of Judah were all undeserving, yet God would not give them up. By them His name was to be exalted among the heathen. Many who were wholly unacquainted with His attributes were yet to behold the glory of the divine character. It was for the purpose of making plain His merciful designs that He kept sending His servants the prophets with the message, ‘Turn ye again now everyone from his evil way.’ Jeremiah 25:5. ‘For My name’s sake,’ He declared through Isaiah, ‘will I defer Mine anger, and for My praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.’ ‘For Mine own sake, even for Mine own sake, will I do it: for how should My name be polluted? and I will not give My glory unto another.’ Isaiah 48:9, 11.”—Ellen G. White, Prophets and Kings, p. 319.
Old Testament, New Testament—in the end, the message of God is the same to all of us: we are sinners, we have done wrong, we deserve punishment. But through the cross of Christ, through the atoning death of Jesus, God has made a way for all of us to be saved. We need to acknowledge our sinfulness; we need to claim by faith the merits of Jesus, which are freely given us despite our unworthiness; and we need to repent of our sin. And, of course, true repentance includes putting sin out of our lives by the grace of God.
No matter what we have done, we can repent of our sin and be forgiven. This is the great provision of the gospel. What sin, or sins, do you need to repent of right now?
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