“I tell you, Nay; but, except ye repent,
ye shall all likewise perish. “
In this little verse is one of the most forgotten truths in Christianity today. There is an epidemic of forgetfulness in the Church. It may be observed that one thing that is forgotten by those of the Church family is that their attendance is important to God. If it were not then He would not have mentioned it in
His written word. Another thing that is forgotten is prayer, we find it less and less important that we talk to God as time goes on. Along with these goes the reading of the Word of God. The less we attend church, and the less we pray, then the less we will read His Word. And it is certain that repentance is forgotten. There would be much less trouble in the lives of our members all over the world if we would refresh our own memories as to the importance of repentance toward God. A repentant attitude will keep us in a place of humility and submission to the leadership of the Holy Spirit which dwells in us as the children of God. This truth seems to have been thrown out the door in many cases. It is so important that Jesus said it twice here before us. Verse five is identical to verse three in Luke chapter 13. This tells us that it is important. Many are lacking repentance, that is why there is so much pain and trouble in some peoples lives.
Look at this verse. If there is no repentance there is judgment. “Ye shall all likewise perish.” This is not a maybe! This principle applies to all men, lost or saved. Notice it says “all” and that means just what it says. It also says “shall” and this is a definite word that is inclusive of all mankind. “Perish” , is not at all hard to understand.
Take this in light of (Hebrews 12:8), “But ifye be without chastisement, whereof all arepartakers, then areye bastards, and not sons.”
And it becomes plain that we all will suffer for our sins. As a child of God, one is going to suffer here because there is no hell waiting for those who are saved. Sometimes Christians will tell themselves that they don’t know why they are suffering this trial or that, and it may be that they just don’t know. But often we suffer because we have been neglectful of our duties as Christians to be at the House of God when the saints are assembled. Maybe we have become neglectful of the reading of the word of God and we are remaining ignorant of the truth, and that by choice. And still, we may have something in our lives that we know that we ought not too. In not ridding ourselves of sin that we are aware of we are in open rebellion against God. This will not go unnoticed. The word of God tells us that “The Lord shall judge His people.” (Hebrews 11:30b). Many today still perish for a lack of repentance.