His Jewels

James A. Frost

Written by James A. Frost

One night an angel
came to visit me,
Took me by the hand,
saying, “Come I’ve
something I want you to see.”
Up through the pearl cleaved
air, of every tint and shade,
This angel carried me to the city
of beauty that God’s hands made.
Straight to the treasure room
-close to the throne,
Where He bade me to enter
and look, I caught the
excitement of His tone.
There in a crystalline box was
God’s greatest treasure,
that made Gethsemane, and
Calvary, love beyond measure,
His jewels were the diamonds
formed from penitent tears,
and I joined Heaven’s chorus
of hallelujah cheers!

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Luke 15:3-7 says “So he told them this parable: ‘What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”

Penitent tears.  We don’ hear much on repentance these days.  Today we blame the drunk’s sin on alcoholism, or the drug addict’s sin on chemical addiction.   Nothing is anyone’s fault  these days, that is, few accept personal responsibility for their sins, whatever they may be.  What is “repentance?”  True repentance comes upon our acknowledging our sin before God, and turning away from it.  Repentance is the prerequisite to true conversion.   Some think repentance IS conversion.  However, we know that repentance is not the conversion because  Acts 3:19 says “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” Luke 24:46-47 says we have a responsibility as Christians to call sinners to repentance: “…Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” Mark 6:12 says “And they went out, and preached that men should repent.”

We Christians can do unbelievers a disservice as we share the gospel with them. If we say, ‘just believe’ we are missing the whole Gospel because in James 2:19 it says that even ‘the devils believe and tremble’? When sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, we often tell people to just admit that they are a sinner and believe in Jesus. Then we go on to stress other verses of assurance. What we need to be stressing is REPENTANCE from dead works. To spend half our time on assurance without the need for repentance from sin and dead works is wrong. It is okay for somebody to be scared when they are living in sin. That’s called the “fear of the Lord” or working it out “with fear and trembling.” People need to stop doing evil and be holy like the Lord. Yet sometimes we believe ourselves, or imply to others, you can become a follower of Christ and live any old way you want. So, many “converts” today think falsely they can sin as much as they want and not worry about God’s commandments. However, this flies in the face of scriptures like these:

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

Romans 11:22 “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.”

~Samuel Lawrence