Luke 13:1-5 – Except Ye Repent

Luke 13:1-5
1
 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

-Repentance; probably the most overlooked doctrine in all of scripture.  There are many who accept that belief in Jesus is the key to Heaven, but Jesus will be the first to tell us that “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”  It is one thing to accept that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), but in addition to acknowledging our sin, we have to be willing to turn our back on it.  Our old feelings and desires may still be there, but those desires no longer have to rule us.  “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”  (Proverbs 28:13)

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