answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but
they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to
repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32)
That’s a word at which many balk today. Let’s take a look at that
word and see what you, the reader, think.
First I’d like to
define “Repentance” for you.
The original Greek word used by Jesus is
“metanoia.” It means, “to change one’s
mind.” It’s more specifically a turning from sin and a turning to
So, in order for one to respond to Jesus’ call to repentance,
that individual must change their mind about living a life of sin and turn
back to Holy God. This is the point where so many people balk.
“I’m not a sinner. I’m as good as anyone else. I don’t need to
repent for anything,” they insist.
Well, being “as
good as anyone else” won’t cut the mustard with God. That’s being
“self-righteous” and God rejects that.
“But we are all as
an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are
as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the
wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)
This is precisely
what Jesus was referring to when He said, “I came not to call the
righteous, but sinners to repentance.” He was referring to the
“self-righteous”, those who think they’re “as good as anyone else.”
you? Do you think you’re as good as anyone else? Are you trusting in your own self-righteousness to get
you into Heaven?
“I tell you, Nay:
but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5)
You can’t get into Heaven by being self-righteous. You can’t get into
Heaven by being “as good as anyone else” because “as good as anyone else”
isn’t good at all!
“For all have
sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans )
By declaring that
you’re as good as anyone else, you’re also admitting that you’re as bad as
everyone else. Acknowledging that is the first step into
repentance. You know in your heart that “as good as” isn’t good
enough. It isn’t good at all. That’s why we all needed Jesus to
pay the penalty for our sin.
“For he hath made
him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2Corinthians )
There’s only one
way to get in good with God. That’s by changing your mind about
living a life of sin and turning to God through Jesus.
saying, “Jesus, I get the picture. You died for me, a sinner.
It’s time for me to stop cooperating with sin and start cooperating with You.
You can count me in from this point on. No more
sin.” (Romans 10:13)
- an idea as old as man himself! (Genesis 3:1-24) That’s why
some dub it “archaic” and “old-fashioned.”