Coming Back To The Lord
There are many Christians who have wandered away from the
Lord. We have so much to gain by being faithful to the Lord. Jesus says in
John 14:1-3, "In My Fatherís house are many
mansions and I go to prepare a place for you." Also we read in
Revelation 21:4 concerning heaven, "And God will wipe
away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor
crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed
away." Heaven will be a great place beyond our wildest dreams.
are no words that can describe how wonderful heaven will be. And it will last
forever and ever, time without end. I certainly want to go there and I know you
By going to heaven we will not have to go to eternal
punishment in Hell. Hell will be a horrible place. Jesus says in Mark 9:43-48, "If
your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life
maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall
never be quenched where their worm does not die, and the fire is not
quenched." We know that our hand itself will not cause us to sin but
Jesus is telling us that what ever it is in our life that is going to cause us
to be lost, to correct it so we will not be eternally lost in hell.
We have so much to gain by obeying God, but we have so much to
loose by not obeying Him. God wants to save us so much that as John 3:16 says, "For
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son" to die
for us. This took great love for God to do this for us. And as we read in 2
Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning His
promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing
that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."
Lord doesnít want you, me, or anyone else to be lost, and if we have wandered
away He wants us to come back to Him in repentance. He has already paid the
price for our sins by taking our punishment. He is eager and ready to save us.
In Luke 15:11-24 Jesus tells a parable which illustrates how
God longs for us to return to Him if we have wandered away in sin. The parable
tells of a son who took his inheritance and went away from his father into a far
country and wasted his inheritance in riotous living. He became destitute and
hired out to feed pigs. He became so hungry he even wanted to eat what the pigs
ate. He decided to go back to his father and hire out as one of his hired
servants. Verse 20 says, "And he arose and came back
to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him
and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him."
In this parable the father represents God. Christ gave us this parable
to show how anxious God is to have us come back if we have wandered away from
him in sin. God will run to us with open arms if we will only come back to
In James 5:19 we read, "Brethren if
anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him
know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from
death and cover a multitude of sins." Here we see we can come
back which will result in our soul being saved from an eternal death in Hell and
the multitude of our sins will be covered and forgiven.
Satan wants us to believe, that once we have fallen away,
there is no way back. But this is not true. In Luke 15:7 Jesus says,
"I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in
heaven over one sinner that repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need
no repentance." Then Jesus continues in verse 10 saying, "Likewise,
I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner
who repents." When we repent and come back all of heaven rejoices.
God only forgives those who are His children. We become
a child of God when we are baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of our sins
so we can be saved (Galatians 3:26-27). Godís law of pardon for us after we become His
children is to repent, confess our sins and to pray for our forgiveness. In 1
John 1:9 we read, "If we confess our sins, He is
faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness." Notice it says that He will cleanse us from ALL
unrighteousness. From the above scriptures we see that we first of all
need to repent of our past sins and unfaithfulness to God. We need to make up
our mind that we are going to give up all sinful practices for which we have been guilty and that we are going to faithfully attend the worship services of the Lord's
church, the church of Christ.
Now this doesnít mean that we will never sin again.
children we have the promise in 1 John 1:7, "But if
we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin."
This verse gives us a lot of encouragement and comfort. It tells us that we must
walk in the light. In other words we must be trying our best to follow His word
in our daily living. It next says that we must "have fellowship with one
another". We must be in fellowship with the brethren in the local
congregation of the church of Christ. If we are doing this, the verse says,
"the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sins". The
cleansing from all sins is a continuing action. But as we try to live the
Christian life and commit sin from time to time, the blood of Christ will
continue to cleanse us from ALL sins we commit if we repent. But for this
continual cleansing of our sins to take place so we can remain saved, we must be walking in the light
and having fellowship one with another.
If you have wandered away, God is waiting for you to come back
to Him. He dearly wants you to come back. So please make up your mind that from
this day forward you are going to give up the sin in your life and live for Him.
Find a congregation of the church of Christ in your area where you plan to
faithfully attend worship. Go forward during the invitation and confess that you
have sinned and that you have not been faithful in your worship of God. Ask the
brethren there to pray for you and tell them you want to be a member there.
Become involved in the worship and the work of the church there. Then live
faithfully to God the rest of your life so that you can go to heaven when this
life is over. As our Lord says in Revelation 2:10 says, "Be
faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."
Questions Lesson 11
Coming Back To The Lord
(click on the button of the answer of your
1) (John 14:1-3) Heaven is described
A fictitious place
A bad place
There is no way to adequately describe
how wonderful Heaven will be.
3) (Mark 9:43-48) If we do not repent
and get rid of the sin in our lives
We will still go to Heaven.
Nothing will happen.
We will be cast into the unquenchable fires of hell.
Those in Hell will cease to exist.
5) (2 Peter 3:9) God does not want
Anyone to perish.
Anyone to repent.
Anyone to be saved.
God is eager and ready to save us.
7) (Luke 15:11-24) The parable of the
prodigal son shows if we will come back to God
God will not accept us back.
God will run to us with open arms.
God does not really care.
If we have wandered away in sin, God
longs for us to return to Him in repentance.
9) (James 5:19) A sinner who turns
from the error of his way
Will still be lost.
Will not be forgiven.
Will save his soul and cover a multitude of his sins.
We cannot wander away from the truth
and be lost.
11) (Luke 15:7) What happens when we
All of Heaven rejoices.
We are still lost.
Satan wants us to believe that once we
have fallen away there is no way back.
13) (1 John 1:9) When we repent and
confess our sins
God will not forgive us.
God will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
God will not cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
God only forgives those who are His
15) (1 John 1:7) For the blood of
Christ to continually cleanse us from our sins
We don't need to do anything.
We don't need to have fellowship with those of the church.
We must walk in the light and have fellowship with those of the church.
The blood of Christ cleanses us from
only some of our sins.
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