29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” Acts 17:29-31
After clarifying the obvious difference between God and man-made objects, Paul laid it all on the line: God commands all to repent. It’s a clear mandate. While some have argued that Christianity is exclusive, this command is highly inclusive. Is that all that is necessary to become a Christian. Well, “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” goes hand in hand with repentance. People do not do one without the other. Believing comes first, and the Holy Spirit will convict of sins. Repentance is a “natural” byproduct of Believing.
Most reading this devotional have Believed and repented, but that may be a faulty assumption. Take some time to assess your spiritual condition. Have you believed? Have you repented? If you’d like to speak to someone about this, write me, and I’ll walk you through this message.