“Then and Now”
So, you must live as Gods OBEDIENT children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better THEN. But NOW you MUST be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be HOLY because I am HOLY. 1 Peter 1:14-16
Before an individual comes to KNOW and ACCEPT Jesus Christ as their SAVIOR and LORD, they live in a SINFUL, REBELLIOUS, DISOBEDIENT nature that is AGAINST ALL the ways of the HOLY and RIGHTEOUS GOD. They live this DISOBEDIENT life because of the fact that they didn’t really know any BETTER, they were ignorant of God and His HOLY ways. That was THEN!
But when they come to the CROSS of CHRIST, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, and are CLEANSED from their sins, and OBEY the TRUTH, and they ACCEPT GOD’S GIFT of SALVATION, made possible through the SHED BLOOD of CHRIST JESUS. They MUST LIVE as God’s OBEDIENT CHILDREN, and STRIVE to live their NEW LIFE in a HOLY manner. They must be HOLY because He is HOLY. And in order to have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with GOD, they must seek to live a HOLY, RIGHTEOUS LIFE. Though ABSOLUTE HOLINESS cannot be achieved in this lifetime, ALL efforts MUST be made to LIVE according to the ALMIGHTY GOD’S PERFECT and HOLY WILL. They MUST be OBEDIENT and STEADFAST in their FAITHFULNESS to God. And BE CAREFUL NOT to SLIP BACK into their old SINFUL LIFESTYLES and its SINFUL DESIRES. This is NOW!
In order to be able to LIVE according to GOD’S HOLY and PERFECT WILL, you MUST give your HEART and LIFE to Him, by, TURNING AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, which is your “THEN” and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, and CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. You MUST ACCEPT His Gift of SALVATION, and ESCAPE HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and GAIN HEAVEN, with ALL of its BLESSINGS. Make this your “NOW”, while you still can. He’s WAITING and COMING SOON!!!