JOHN 14:15, 21, KJV
14 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Rev 14:12, KJV
Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
1 JOHN 5:2-5, KJV
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
2 JOHN 1:5-6, KJV
5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
1 JOHN 2:3-5, KJV
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
Ecc 12:13-14, KJV
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
WHAT IS HIS COMMANDMENTS ? THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE 10 COMMANDMENTS WHICH IS UNDER THE LAW / MOSAIC LAWS, BUT LOVE ONE ANOTHER, LOVE GOD MORE THAN OURSELVES (SEE JOHN 13:34, MATT 22:36-40), REPENTANCE/ LIVING IN HOLINESS UNDER GOD'S GRACE THRU JESUS CHRIST !
ACTS 17:30, KJV
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now COMMANDETH ALL MEN EVERY WHERE TO REPENT:
LUK 24:46-47, KJV
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that REPENTANCE and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
First of all, note that God has a right to command because He is the Creator. Second, note that whenever God gives a command, it means we are obliged to obey. Hence, when God commands us to repent and believe, it is our duty, our responsibility, our obligation to obey. Failure to do so is sin!! I hasten to add that duty is different from ability. When God commands, it is our duty to obey, but it does not imply that we have the ability to obey. As said by a Bible teacher, “God’s commands are not designed to show us what we can do but what we ought to do. ” The fact remains that we cannot repent and believe on our own. Repentance is a gift from God (**Acts 11:18). So also is faith (**Ephesians 2:8-9). Unless God enables us, we can never repent and we will never believe.
REPENTANCE AND FAITH ARE GIFTS FROM GOD, IT CANNOT BE SEPARATED !
**ACTS 11:18, KJV
When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted REPENTANCE unto life.
**EPH 2:8-9, KJV
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
THE TRUTH IS : SATAN DOES NOT WANT US TO REPENT.
To those christians who do not want to repent :
James 1:22-23, KJV
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
Luke 6:46, KJV
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Matt 7:24-27, KJV
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and DOETH THEM (**OBEY GOD'S COMMANDMENTS), I WILL LIKEN HIM UNTO A WISE MAN, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and DOETH THEM NOT (**NOT OBEY GOD'S COMMANDMENTS), SHALL BE LIKENED UNTO A FOOLISH MAN, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
What else is the will of the Father that we may please Him so that we can go to Heaven? Jesus says in Luke 13:3, "I tell you, no; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." It is either repent or perish; the choice is ours. But Satan does not want us to repent. Acts 17:30, "Truly these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent." All people everywhere, and that includes you and me, are commanded of God to repent. Repent of what? Repent of our sins. "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves; and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8). Repent of not fully serving and following all that God says.
God is pleading with us to repent. He greatly desires that we turn to him. He tells us in 2 Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." God wants us to repent so we can be saved. He is patiently waiting on us. But eventually our time will run out. The longer we put off repentance, the harder our heart gets.
Repentance is not just being sorry. 2 Corinthians 7:10 says, "For Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death." If one is only sorry he got caught, then this will not lead to repentance. Godly sorrow helps bring on repentance. Repentance is not sorrow for sin, but one cannot repent without being sorry he has sinned. “Let the wicked forsake his way…let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him…for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7). In repentance, one must first understand he has sinned, feel sorrow for the sin, and then stop and turn away from that sin. Repentance is a change of heart and a change of mind. We must make up our mind to stop living life our way and start living it God’s way. It is making up our mind that henceforth we are going to serve God with all our might and do everything He says. Matthew 22:37, "Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." In other words, we must do it with all of our being.
Paul says, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!” (Romans 6:1-2). To show our repentance we are to “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance” (Matthew 3:8). Why should we repent of sins? “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Spiritual death is separation from God in eternity. Unless one repents he cannot go to Heaven, but will eternally suffer the torments of Hell. We must give up our sin and “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body” (Romans 6:12). “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes his sin shall have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).
Repentance is a change of heart, which results in a change of actions for the better. Without repentance we cannot receive forgiveness and be saved. Where we spend eternity, in Heaven or Hell, is determined by our repentance. All of Heaven is anxious for us to repent. Jesus says, "Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents" (Luke 15:10).
Romans 2:4 says, "Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing the goodness of God leads you to repentance." God has been so good to us, and this should cause us to want to please Him in every way. God, because of His love for us, has done so much for us, and because of this we read in I John 4:19, "We love Him, because He first loved us." This should cause us to want to repent and do all the things that He has asked us to do, otherwise we do not love God. Jesus said in John 14:24, "He who does not love Me, does not keep my words." 1 John 2:4 says, "He who says 'I know Him', and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." Do you know and love God and Christ? If you do, you will want to do everything that He says. In John 14:15 Jesus says, "If you love Me keep My commandments." Are you willing to show your love to God by repenting?
2 Peter 2:21-22, KJV
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.