It cannot be emphasized enough….. the fact that Jesus did not die for our sins.
It is so important that we understand this…… otherwise we will miss his entire message.
Jesus is not going to take the punishment for your sins.
You are going to be punished for your own sins.
No other person but yourself is going to be held accountable.
Understanding the above 5 lines….. will take you one step closer to realizing that “repenting is your job”……Not “Christs”.
32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
33 “MAKE A TREE GOOD AND ITS FRUIT WILL BE GOOD, OR MAKE A TREE BAD AND ITS FRUIT WILL BE BAD, FOR A TREE IS RECOGNISED BY ITS FRUIT.
34 YOU BROOD OF VIPERS, HOW CAN YOU WHO ARE EVIL SAY ANYTHING GOOD? FOR OUT OF THE OVERFLOW OF THE HEART THE MOUTH SPEAKS.
A tree is recognized by its fruits.
God will recognize you on the basis of the things “you do”.
If you are a good person….. you will do good things.
If you are a bad person…… you will do bad things.
Its fairly straight forward….. but it needs to be pointed out……
A lot of people think they are good…… even though they do bad things.
35 THE GOOD MAN BRINGS GOOD THINGS OUT OF THE GOOD STORED UP IN HIM, AND THE EVIL MAN BRINGS EVIL THINGS OUT OF THE EVIL STORED UP IN HIM.
The reality though…… is that if you are a good person…… it is highly dependent on what is in your heart.
What kind of things do you think about?
What occupies your mind?
It is what is in a man’s heart that he speaks.
It is what is in a mans heart that he does.
36 BUT I TELL YOU THAT MEN WILL HAVE TO GIVE ACCOUNT ON THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT FOR EVERY CARELESS WORD THEY HAVE SPOKEN.
37 FOR BY YOUR WORDS YOU WILL BE AQUITTED, AND BY YOUR WORDS YOU WILL BE CONDEMNED.”
This is not a message from someone that is going to take a punishment for you.
“You” are the one that is held accountable.
“You” will be the one to stand up in court and say the reason why you said what you said and did what you did.
What you say will either make you free and clear.
Or what you say will make you guilty.
Jesus knew that men were being deceived and we would continue to be deceived.
Jesus did not waste anytime telling us to be worried about the devil.
But he constantly warned us about the teachings of men.
To be continued……