It was not until Pharaoh’s army, and the many years of bondage it represented, were washed away by the collapsing walls of water were the Israelites truly free from their oppressors. Paul wrote that they had been “baptized…in the cloud and in the sea” (I Corinthians 10:2), paralleling Jesus’ words that a man cannot enter the kingdom of God, except he be born of water and of the Spirit (John 3:5).
The call to repent is not an invitation, it is a command; and those who refuse are guilty of further disobedience before God. Repentance involves four vital elements: 1) you must confess that you are a sinner, alone responsible for your sins; 2) you must determine to forsake sin; 3) you must turn to God as the only hope of your salvation; and, 4) you must be willing to make restitution to the degree possible for wrongs against others.
Faith is more than a mental exercise. If just believing was all that was necessary for salvation, the devil himself would be saved (James 2:19). Faith is inherently an action word.
Jesus’ first recorded words were that He must be about His Father’s business (Luke 2:49). Years before it would even begin, His earthly ministry was already predicated upon obedience.
The remission of sins to obtain eternal redemption, required a sacrifice unlike any ever offered, unlike any mankind could offer: a perfect and sinless sacrifice, which only God Himself could become. As He who knew no sin, Jesus Christ was once offered for all sin, for all mankind, for all time.
Although He is the Master Teacher, the Great Physician, the Lion of Judah, the Lily of the Valley and so much more, Jesus’ primary mission is as Redeemer and Savior. As the Light, it is only by Him that you are no longer in darkness (John 12:46).
Just as physical genes transfer physical traits from one generation to the next, so spiritual genes have transferred the trait of sin from Adam and Eve, our original parents, to every generation that has followed them. Sin is no surface problem; it is a spiritually genetic defect.