πŸ’‘πŸ‘‘ What Shall We Do?

When John the Baptist appeared as Christ’s forerunner, God’s chosen people had lived under the law of Moses for fifteen hundred years but had not kept it. Hence John’s call to repentance and baptism for the remission of sins (Mark 1:4).

John was in earnest, too, for when the thoughtless multitude came to him to be baptized, he sent them back, saying: β€œBring forth fruits worthy of repentance” (Luke 3:7,8).

Their lives were to be changed and they were to show it.Β  When the people asked: β€œWhat shall we do, then?” he told them to live for others rather than for self (Luke 3:10,11). When the tax collectors asked: β€œWhat shall we do?” he demanded that they stop cheating the tax payers and live honestly (Vers. 12,13). When the soldiers asked: β€œWhat shall we do?” he told them to forbear violence, false accusation and bribery (Ver. 14).

Clearly, righteousness was demanded under John’s message. His hearers were to repent, be baptized, and bring forth the fruits of true repentance. When our Lord appeared, He proclaimed the same message as John (Matt. 3:1,2; 4:17). A lawyer asked: β€œWhat shall I do to inherit eternal life?” and He replied: β€œWhat is written in the law?” When the lawyer recited the basic commands of the Law, our Lord answered: β€œThis do and thou shalt live” (Luke 10:25-28). God was still demanding righteousness. They were all under the Law (Gal. 4:4,5; Matt. 23:1,2; etc.).

Some suppose this was all changed after Calvary by the so-called β€œgreat commission.” This is not so. When, at Pentecost, Peter’s hearers were convicted of their sins and asked β€œWhat shall we do?” Peter commanded them to β€œrepent and be baptized… for the remission of sins” just as John had done (Mark 1:4; cf. Acts 2:38). He did not tell them that Christ had died for their sins.

Paul was the first to say: β€œBut now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested… [We] declare His righteousness for the remission of sins” (Rom. 3:21-26). When the Gentile jailor fell on his knees and asked: β€œWhat must I do to be saved?” Paul replied: β€œBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:30,31). This is God’s message for sinners today, for β€œwe have redemption through [Christ’s] blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7). source

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