An Invitation to Abide

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch, and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you. By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples (John 15:1-8).


In this passage Jesus is talking to those who have made themselves clean by believing in Him. This audience had become washed by the words of Jesus. Now, He exhorts them to abide (to continue, to endure) in him and bear fruit in order to prove they are His disciples.


Abide means to signify to endure, to adhere to, maintain defend, or stand to, as to abide by a promise, or by a friend; or to suffer the consequences, as to abide by the event, that is, to be fixed or permanent in a particular condition.

When we no longer abide, we leave the place or position we once held. According to Jesus, this is a reality that happens to some of His followers that at one point were washed by His word but did not abide or endure to the end. We see this truth repeated here, here, here, here, and here.


Jesus’ words above are a fulfillment of John the Baptist’ exhortation, “and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)

To repent means so much more than we sometimes realize. Repentance is an abandoning of our ways, the natural inclinations of our sinful nature; turning away from everything that is not reflecting God’s truth: For most of us this means we have to rip away many things that have become a part of us. Our world before repentance is a wilderness, a beautiful deception. It is void of any sustaining satisfaction and ultimately leads to eternal destruction in the Lake of Fire with the Devil, beast, and the false prophet shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Repentance helps us to realize that we are in a wilderness. Repentance causes us to change our heart, to a change in our actions, and to become disciples of Jesus.

When we truly repent, we stop doing that is displeasing to God and start doing what is pleasing to God.


Repentance cannot be separated from abiding in Jesus. If we are repentant of our sins, we are abiding in Him, and He in us. If we are not, He is not.


Telling someone that God loves them and has a wonderful plan for their life without telling them what they need to consider is doing them a great disservice. The reality of discipleship, genuine repentance, and turning away from their sins are all necessary components of saving faith. Without this, knowledge abiding and obedient faith as well as works worthy of repentance may not define their life, which are characteristic of Christ’s disciples.


When we share only the positive or the “appealing” side of the gospel, this is no small error we are committing. In doing this, we are building a house made out of wood, hay, and stubble. It may burn. God forbid, we see some souls who thought they were Christians perish in the Lake of Fire while we enter heaven singed by the smoke of their sulfur because they did not realize the cost of serving Christ. Our foundation as well as those we witness to should be built upon Christ and adorned with gold, silver, and precious stones that will not burn at the final judgment.


Abide in Him, especially when carrying out the great commission of making disciples.

 

There is one thing unconditional about our Salvation, that is: It is conditional.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: (Matthew 7:21-24)

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 10:22)


And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it. (Luke 8:21)


Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:29)

 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28) To pluck (harpazo) means a power other than our own here and here. It does not refer to our sin or willingness to walk away. That is under our power.


Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? but after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; who will render to every man according to his deeds: to them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: but unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; but glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: for there is no respect of persons with God.” (Romans 2:4-11)

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the fleshFor if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall liveFor as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Rom 8:12-14)


Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” (1 Cor 15:1-2)

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1) “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by loveYe did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?” (5:6-7)


Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sinFor we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the endwhile it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.” (Heb 3:12-15)

(This one is about Jesus), “though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; and being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.” (Hebrews 5:8-10)


Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [but] he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.”  (1 John 2:23-25)

And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.” (1 John 2:28-29)


Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. (Revelation 2:10-11)

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:11)

Those that overcame often had to suffer pain and torturous death. Surely we can abstain from sin and obey God’s commandments as revealed by Jesus and His apostles. We have not even come close to what they suffered. We live in wealth and prosperity while half of the world lives in abject poverty. Everyone in the church will one day be called to give a report of his or her life either into eternal judgment or God’s Kingdom. Many of those entering judgment will be professing Christians. Will you be ready? Will I? Will Christ find faith on Earth when He returns? I pray He does and I pray for you, reader.


Yet, we must endure unto the end.

“As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.” (Proverbs 26:11)

“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.” (2 Peter 2:22)


 

This Post is About Erring from the Truth of Scripture, the Sin that Ensues, and The Battle to Overcome

“Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20

When we err from the truth, it is not just one sin we commit. When we err, from the truth, we set into motion a cascade if sins that multiply, repeat, and reproduce themselves. Erring from the truth is not necessarily the same thing as willfully committing sin.

Here is one example of erring from the truth. I use to believe as many do today: that our sins past, present, and future are forgiven the moment we trust in Jesus with all our heart. That is what I was taught, so I believed it.


In reading about this subject, I never saw the Bible say our future sins are forgiven. Nevertheless, I went on living this particular error of truth. I committed a multitude of sins, spoiled my mind, and darkened my soul. God’s ability to work through me was deeply compromised. I was walking on a precipice teetering on eternal judgment. I now stay far away from the edge of that cliff. You should too.


Here are some scriptural proofs showing that our future sins are not automatically forgiven and can change our walk with God even causing us to lose our salvation.

“Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of men’s sins: keep thyself pure . . . Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.” (1 Timothy 5:22,23,25)

“but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren” (James 1:14-16)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) This is present tense and written to believers.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1) If we walk after the flesh, there IS condemnation for those which are in Christ Jesus. Many Bibles have taken out the last half of this verse because of the doctrine of once saved always saved. These same scholars and many pastors following their works will tell you it was because of “higher criticism”.

Those scholars have removed scripture and changed the meaning of God’s word. If they don’t repent of this sin, they have a curse from God awaiting them upon their mortal death: For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19)


So our names can be taken out of the book of life:

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” (Revelation 3:5) Once again, the inverse: if anyone does not overcome He will blot out his name out of the book of life.

We need to overcome the world and all the corruption Satan has cast upon us. This is not works, but we do this with faith in Jesus. We have to act on our faith and do not have dead faith. If we have faith we do well, but faith without works is dead. I would venture to go further and say that faith without works produces sin and sin produces death.


What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith onlyLikewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:14-26)


“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. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-20)


Once again: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Our bodies our not our own to do as we please. They belong to God. When we do what we want with them, we are stealing from God. This is a sin that must be repented of like all others. Fear the consequences of your sin.

We cannot, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” (Romans 6:12). This is the whole nature of overcoming the world. God’s spirit reign in our bodies, minds, and souls producing fruit. We war against our sinful nature and must overcome it. The moment we accept Jesus we are saved. It is the sin we incur that can entrap us later. Our body must be inhabited by the Holy Ghost and not defiled by sin.

Once again, these are all to believers:
“If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” (1 Corinthians 3:17)
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)

Believing that our future sins are forgiven, is a grave and terrible error

If someone errs in believing this, they run the risk of not repenting and living in sin. Not identifying, repenting, and turning from “routine” sin (it becomes routine because of habituation) is a grievous mistake that can quench the Holy Ghost and lead to spiritual death.

Do you see how erring from the truth can cause a multitude of sins? (James 5:20)

When we fall into error of truth or choose to practice willful sin. When we follow Christ, we find that no one can separate us from the love of Christ. This refers to being separated by a power outside ourselves, like when we will get raptured and taken up. It does not refer to our own power or choice to live in sin. We have strayed ourselves bringing our souls into spiritual death. Scripture promises God’s children security in Christ when we are walking in him, following Him, listening to Him, not when we are putting the cross of Christ to shame by crucifying Him all over again.

“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren” (James 1:14-16).

“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 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. 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” (2 Peter 2:20-22).

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13).”

Do not be drawn into sin leading to perdition and damnation, to Hell. There is no liberty in sin. There is no liberty to sin. Those that teach we have liberty to sin have been warned in scripture. To accept sin as a normal part if our Christian life comes from the teaching of Balaam, which God hates.

There are sins not unto death, sins unto death, and blaspheming the Holy Ghost (subject for a later post). Live in a manner that you avoid them all!!!

“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:22) Because our sinful nature wars against our soul. This, we must overcome.


We are in a war against ourselves. God has provided us a way to escape and overcome. Be not dismayed or distracted, fight the good fight unto the end.

~ D

Frankly, I am tired of the pigs.

The Prodigal Son

In Luke chapter 15, Jesus tells us a wonderful story. It speaks of God’s patience, His loving kindness, and willingness to allow us learn from our mistakes however bad they may be.

11 “And he said, A certain man had two sons:”

This sentence hints at how God will be revealing a distinction between two of His children.


12 “And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.”


We see one of the sons is younger, which is an indication of immaturity. He has been identified with the father since he was born, so he is not new child. Just like us, we are identified with God when we are born again. This story is about someone who is immature, not unlike immature Christians who are tossed by the passions of their sinful nature, which still holds power over them.

Immature Christians are distinguished from new Christians. Immature Christian are particularly susceptible to the dangers in this story. They have had time to grow, yet have lingered in their faith allowing Satan to get footholds in different areas of their Christian life. As a result, they have allowed stumbling blocks that hinder their maturity. Rather than growing closer to God their compromise places them at risk of growing cold and falling from grace.

New Christians on the other hand are usually on fire, and eager to learn to grow in Christ. Where they end up later in life is up to how they are obedient to Christ. This story is a warning for all that are not mature in Christ.

What defines an mature Christian? Our Heavenly Father has most generously given us grace to grow in Christ. A Christian that has grown through grace has learned how to subject his thoughts, his body, and his time to holy living serving the Lord and hoping in His return. This is what the younger son had not developed. Like most of us, he was mesmerized by his sinful nature and its attraction to the enticements of the world.


Additionally, the son who knew he had an inheritance and decided to take it all and live his life of liberty; or so he thought. Naturally, when we sin, we go to a place far away from our Father’s presence.

God has given us the gift of eternal life. The moment we believe we are His sons and daughters. We are added as royal family members with untold wealth. Dare we squander such a wonderful inheritance? No we shouldn’t but we can, and we can lose it all!

Prodigal means to squander or waste wealth by living and spending money luxuriously. We as Christians do this everyday. It can be reflected in our lifestyle, our choices, and our fruits. If the average American spent time reading the Bible instead of the TV, they could have read it over 22 times in one year, spread the gospel to countless others, served in love (praying, feeding, etc.) rather than wasting our time with worldly and carnal distractions.


He lived riotously and lost everything . . . his entire inheritance! Let that sink in for a moment, everything his father gave him, not only his wealth, his identity, his home, his citizenship. They were all gone! If he would have died there, he would be forever separated from his father even if he was once his child.


 14 “And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.”

When we leave our Father’s presence for the desires of the world we become spiritually poor and the world around us offers nothing in return. Nothing that lasts, nothing that satisfies, nothing but emptiness. If we choose to stay in that land, we will die starving and alone. It istarting to sound kinda like hell to me but through providence the emptiness in our soul, is a calling, a gracious preview of what is to come if we don’t repent and find our way back . . .


 15 “And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.”16 “And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.”

The son abandoned his Father and became a citizen of another country. We are always a servant to someone, either this world unto sin and death or God, unto peace and life. There is no replacement for God. Not only that, but to the Jew; swine are unclean creatures (symbolic of sin). The boy had to feed and care for (the fruits of his sin). Not only had sin become a stumbling block, he now served it. There is one redeeming factor in sin; it shows us of our emptiness and utter need for God’s glorious redemption.


17 “And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.”

The hollow veil of sin showed the son his destitute nature. He knew his Father was good and hope was refreshed in him. God’s grace is so forgiving. He can make any sinner whole even one who once was a child of God that left his citizenship of heaven for the world. This is the beginning of repentance, salvation, and sanctification: knowing our state as a sinner and a servant of sin.


20 “And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.”

The son had to act. He had to ask his Father for forgiveness. What is amazing here is that God knows what we are going to do. Even as we ask for forgiveness, it is already done. Did you notice that the Father ran to him? God wants everyone to be saved (we were all once a part of His family in the garden). God does not just wait for us, he helps us along as we come stumbling, starving, and naked. Oh, how we as prodigal neglect so great a salvation that the second Adam has suffered and died for.


 22 “But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:” 23 “And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.”

There is great rejoicing when a child of God who lost his inheritance returns! We can be restored. Like David, after committing adultery and murder, he repented and the joy of his salvation was restored.


 25 “Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.”

Those that remain faithful here on Earth can sometimes be troubled when they see those who live riotously seemingly getting away with their sins. Be not deceived, we all get what is due to us. God rewards and judges us according to our works. This is not the same as salvation, which we cannot earn. Works are a result, a condition of saving faith, and is nonetheless critically important as a child of God.


 28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.”

The faithful child who does not stray from their salvation may not realize their reward yet. They do things in secret for God, not getting the adoration of man, or immediate gratification. This can try our souls. Grace is suppose to teach us patience and understanding. We all have some maturing to do. That is why we are constantly told to endure, hold fast, and run the race as an athlete trains.


 31 “And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.”

As faithful servants, God wants to give all He has to us. He even wants to serve us, forever! Oh, to realize the glory awaiting our weary souls. We will be changed. God is going to give us a new estate, just wait. Nothing in this world even compares.


 32 “It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.”

God and the angels in Heaven are right to rejoice for it is a miracle when someone who was dead becomes alive. God rejoices especially in this parable because one of his children had become lost and was found. If this child would have died in the foreign country, he would have been lost forever and buried by the swine he fed. There are many examples and warnings against losing what God has given us by forgetting the truth and turning back to sin.

Be not deceived: We need to rightly divide the word of God . . . and live it.

To think that you can live in sin and still be a child of God is a deception from the Devil that began in Genesis. It continues in churches today and is spread by evangelists in huge stadiums all over the world. This other gospel is like a train, nearly impossible to stop and in its wake, demons are dragging souls to Hell. Flee this path, cease from sin, avoid every appearance of evil and walk humbly and in holiness to your Father’s house. This life requires dedication and ceaseless commitment. Fear not, He will dress you, feed you, and keep you if you walk in Him.


I once road on this train and lived in a land far away from my God.

Frankly, I am tired of the pigs.

 

Lot and His Compromise

As Christians, we should not choose to allow or incorporate any worldly desires that compromise our walk with God. Compromise in any area, be it enticements from lust of our eyes, the lust of our flesh, or our pride of life, can cause our spirit to be overcome by our sinful nature.


The following is an example God gave to us as a warning against allowing our spirit to become attached to the seductions of this world. When we do, sin gets a foothold that can lead to darkness and death.

The story of Lot in the city of iniquity:

Genesis 19:15-20
15 “And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.”


Lot was commanded to immediately gather his family so he could protect them from the wrath of God by leaving the city. This is also a picture leading up to the day of the Lord and His second coming. When the enemies of God have started pouring out terror and death upon God’s elect, He will give us a warning.

When we see these things, God will commands us to stand fast in the teaching of His word. God assures us that if we are living soberly in faith and love, He will  deliver us before he begins to pour out His wrath.


16 “And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.”


Do you see the power that sin and compromise had on Lot? He lingered and almost stayed until it was too late! As Christians we must be able to hear God’s voice and obey His instructions. Compromise that leads to sin can bring death and perdition if we don’t let God’s grace teach us hope unto everlasting life. Unbelief or a shipwrecked faith is dangerous thing to a Christian.


17 “And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. ”


The angels warned Lot and his family not to look back while escaping but Lot’s wife could not resist the pull that Sodom and Gomorrah had on her sinful nature. Her spirit was overcome and she looked back. God judged her, turned her body into a pillar of salt, and sent her to everlasting punishment.


18 “And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: 19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: 20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. ”


Lot’s love for the things of this world caused him to continue in disobedience and he rationalized his desire to go into another nearby city. The city was much more attractive than a mountain with caves.


Let us not continue or fall into the same type of compromise lest we reap the consequences Lot’s family sowed. There is more to the story that reveals Lot’s continued compromise producing bad fruit. There was no leadership, vision, or hope of salvation; only shipwrecked lives.

You see, his family lost direction in their continued downward spiral into compromise. Sin blinded them and made them deaf to the voice of God. What were the fruits of their labor? The Moabites and Ammonites; and we don’t hear from Lot again.

This is a good example for us. Please pray for your family and others.

The Way of Sin, the Way of Salvation

Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away (John 15:2)


Psalm 1

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so:
but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous:
but the way of the ungodly shall perish.


More of my story: When I said my prayer of forgiveness, God saved me of all my sins; past, present, and future. So I thought. I lived a life no different than a good moral nonbeliever (with the exception of believing in and talking about God) on and off for over 20 years. Sure, there were times when I was on fire. As time went by, my heart grew hard and my faith waxed cold. During that time I lost assurance of my salvation. I even doubted God. Sin had power over me. I could not control its desires. I listened to the pastors on the radio and at church. They all assured me of my eternal security and how Paul also sinned regularly and could not do good like he wanted as described in Romans 7.

God continued to show me that I was living in sin and had to stop. I finally listened.

I realized that most of what I had learned and applied to my life over the last 20 years had not worked. So, six months ago, after God had prodded me at my sister’s house in PA, back in 2012. I started asking questions. I was not getting answers from theology books or the many Bible versions I was reading, (NET, ESV, NLT, etc.). So, I put them all down and began to study the King James Bible. Then, God began to speak, I began to learn and he started the transformation of my heart and will.

One of the first things I wanted to find out was my eternal security. My church believes in OSAS and I wanted to as well. But the Bible was not showing me that. When I first got saved, God saved me of my sins. I had to repent every time I sinned and frankly got tired of it, so I just decided to live in sin and accept OSAS. What a mistake that was. I am convinced that if I died some time in the last 20 years, I would have awoken in Hell. I didn’t love God. I didn’t work for Him. I loved the world.

Everywhere I read in God’s word, He tells us to live a holy life and abide in His ways. Jesus never sinned. Thanks be to God, He finally began to give me power over my sin. Through persisting in Him like the widow, He heard my plea and is helping me be an overcomer. There is much to work on. I messed up a lot of my life over the last 20 years and have tons of junk piled up because of sin. It will take a while to clean up my back yard so to speak.

I still sin but it no longer has power over me like it use to. Now, its time to continue growing in faith. God will be faithful, that I am sure. Sin has overrun so many areas of our daily lives. I try avoid it where ever it is: the TV, magazines, internet, movies, advertisements, driving down the road, and even people watching. There all so many enticements encouraging us to sin. But I am thankful God is helping me.

When I read Jesus’ words, “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?“, it troubles my soul. He is talking about us. My view on salvation is completely different now. Below are key words in bold that highlight God’s plan of salvation we are commanded to follow. Salvation is conditional. God gave us the story of His people as an example. He also gave us a complete road map in the New Testament.

God clearly instructed us to no longer submit to the power of sin. If we do, we are not abiding in Him and there are eternal consequences. We need to flee the dangers of sin lest it snares us and we are overcome by it.


The Plan of Salvation

(Acts 20: 20-21, 27) “and how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”

(Acts 26:19, 20) . . . “I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: but shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judæa, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”

(I Corinthians 15:1-4) Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:


We need to follow all God’s instructions

(1 Corinthians 11:1-2) Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

(Matthew 10:38) And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
(Philippians 3:16-18) Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

 

(2 Timothy 2:22) Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
(Hebrews 6:12) that ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

That means we need to live differently

(3 John 1:11) Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

(Luke 8:21) And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.

(John 15:1, 2) I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

(Romans 8:1) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

(Romans 8:12-14) Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall liveFor as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God

(Galatians 5:19-21) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

(Galatians 5:24) And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

(Ephesians 5:1-7) Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saintsneither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of GodLet no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

(Titus 2:11-14)  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present worldlooking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.


We Must Endure to the End.

(Matthew 10:22) And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

(Matthew 24:9-13) Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

(John 15:3-7) Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in meI am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

(1 Corinthians 15:1-2) Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

(Colossians 1:21-23) And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

(Hebrews 3:14) For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

(Hebrews 10:38-39) Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

(Revelation 2:10, 11) Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.


We can Fall Away

(Hebrews 6:4-6) For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

(2 Peter 2:20) For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

(James 1:14-16) but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.

(1 Peter 4:18) And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

We can come back

(Luke 15:24) for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

(1 Corinthians 5:5) to deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

(James 5:19-20) Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.


We are not saved by works

(Galatians 2:16-18) knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.


Final Thoughts

Gods calls us to be holy as He is holy. My sisters and brothers do your best not to fall into transgression. If you do, we have a mediator. His ways are not our ways and they require daily sacrifice.

Lucifer

The Devil


. . . Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.


Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God;
every precious stone was thy covering,
the sardius, topaz, and the diamond,
the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper,
the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold:
the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes
was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.


Can you imagine, Lucifer was in the Garden of Eden, which was not created until the 6th day. So, he may have possibly seen the glory of God’s creation before he fell; since there is no indication in scripture that speaks when iniquity was found in him. We do know that it was there when he spoke to Eve some time after the 6th day. This description here seems to indicate he was not yet fallen.

This scripture indicates that iniquity was found in him when he was not in heaven. Was he in the garden? Possibly.I would not be surprised if it were so. It would be a fitting place for the greatest angel to fall and try to bring everyone else down with him starting with God’s other greatest creation, Adam and Eve.


In the creation account, the sixth day shows that there was no corruption. The heavens and the earth were perfect. There is no indication that Lucifer had not yet fallen.

And God saw every thing that he had made,

and, behold, it was very good.

And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

~ Genesis 1:31.


There may have been angelic music in the garden before he fell. We really don’t know. We do know God made him with tabrets and pipes, which are musical in nature. Music has powerful transforming power. We should be very careful when we choose to place any music before our ears. Don’t let the Devil get in edgewise in his area of expertise.

We don’t know exactly how long Lucifer was in the garden on Earth before he fell. It was more than 6 days and definitely less than 130 years according to Genesis 5:3. That’s a pretty wide gap, and no, I do not believe in the Gap Theory of 1814, which has no clear biblical support. I believe in the literal, historical interpretation of the God’s word. It is a plain fundamentalist approach. If the Bible says it, I believe it, simple.


Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so:
thou wast upon the holy mountain of God;
thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.


Lucifer originally served God closely. Cherubims were used to protect the tree of life, as a covering of the Ark of the Covenent. The Lord rode upon a cherub to save David and they were also used to represent God’s protecting angels in Solomon’s temple. What Lucifer covered we are not told but it was something God cherished.

The holy mountain of God refers to His dwelling place both in heaven, on Earth past, and in the new heavens and Earth future. Lucifer was in God’s dwelling place and walked among the stones of fire. Throughout scripture stones are used to describe how our fathers rested and built things for God, were used for judgment, and to identify God’s own. Additionally, rocks were used to describe Christ who supports and builds us up in both the OT and NT respectively.

Fire was used as a method to bring offerings to God, to purify, and to consume in judgment.  It was used to utterly purge any and all imperfections from of God’s sight.


Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created,
till iniquity was found in thee.


God had no role or place in Lucifer’s decision to sin. Satan did it all by himself and then got some help from his friends, a third of the angels following him. Most are with us today influencing our world. Some of the worst are bound and awaiting release during the tribulation in order to kill at least 2 billion people.


By the multitude of thy merchandise
they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned:
therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God:
and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub,
from the midst of the stones of fire.

Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty,
thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:
I will cast thee to the ground,
I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.


We know why Lucifer fell and it holds immense value to help us maintain our walk with God. His beauty brought pride to his heart. There are many things in this world that we hold attachments to that can cause haughtiness and pride. He also was brought down because of his great wisdom. We cannot let our own wisdom of the Bible or anything of this world fool us into the sin of pride. Without God we are nothing, we know nothing, and have no beauty except that of Christ crucified. He will one day shower upon us  His reigning glory and blessings forevermore. Amen


Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities,
by the iniquity of thy traffick;
therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee,
it shall devour thee,
and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth
in the sight of all them that behold thee.


His iniquity will be manifested in all its decimating horror during Daniel’s 70th week. One only has to look at our church history during the dark ages and recent 20th century democide to get a glimpse of his fruit death and destruction. These are a preview of what is to come to those saints who abide until the coming of the Lord during the Great Tribulation.


All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee:
thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.


Hell was prepared for the Devil and his angels not necessarily for us. Nevertheless, all will see him and his destruction in God’s final judgment casting Satan into the Lake of Fire to be tormented day and night for ever and ever and all who’s names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

We know what our duty and calling is: to help those who do not yet have their names written in that great and awesome Book of Life. Also, we are exhort others to work out their salvation with fear and trembling lest they defile our garments and have their names removed from the book.

Remember brothers and sisters; God is faithful to His servants unto the end if we hold true to His word. Nothing can keep us from His love if we overcome when we stand before Him.

Take a lesson from a former cherub and beware how far we can fall. He was most likely the highest of all the angels, greatest in wisdom and beauty.

Ezekiel 28:12-19

How did we get so far away from New Testament church practice?

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2 Corinthians 13:5


With verses like this I am at a miss how so much of Christianity can believe in a doctrine that teaches that if we say a prayer to accept Jesus into our hearts we are secure in our salvation. If we choose to continue in sin its okay, because once we said that prayer, we are saved.



Old Testament:

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. (Psa 10:4)

Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it. (Psa 10:13)

The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. (Psa 11:5)

Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright. (Psa 11:6-7)

New Testament (poneros)

So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50 and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.,” (Mat 13:49-50)

Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: (Mat 18:32)

His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: (Mat 25:26)

And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: (Luke 19:22)

And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. (2 Thess 3:2)

If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil [poneros] deeds. (2 John 10-11)

(There is much to be learned from these verses about wickedness that has permeated Christianity that deserves further study.)


Paul also calls the church to “deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

I was taught that this meant the man will physically die and still go to heaven. Can Christians practice sins worse than non-Christians and still go to heaven? [“and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles“]

That is what I use to think until I Iearned that this man is mentioned elsewhere in Corinthians and it appears that he was restored to the church. Flesh in verse 5 can mean the human body but the Greek word also means sinful nature. I am inclined to believe that Paul meant the man’s sinful nature was put to death since his spirit appears to be saved as he was restored later in 2 Cor 2:5-8,

But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all. Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.

If this was not the man in 1 Corinthians 5:1, the principle would still stand in light of the context and the New Testament church practice of reflecting God’s holiness and longsuffering in love.

Paul also mentions him in 2 Corinthians 7:12 – “So even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did the wrong or of the injured party, but rather that before God you could see for yourselves how devoted to us you are.”

Paul also warned against sinning Christians here, “I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Gal 5:19-21) and here: But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. (Eph 5:3,4)


Our church is already in deep trouble and not in the early stages of falling away. We hardly practice Christianity according to the Bible. There is not one church that I am aware that will purge members for sexual immorality, coveting, idolatry, railing, drug or alcohol abuse, or covetous, or an idolater, or railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, and then forgive and comfort one with open arms when he repents of his sins and comes back to live for God, like in 2 Cor 2:7-8. Usually we go on unaware of such sinful behavior because of our apostasy. We are so watered down in doctrine that sin has become rampant in most of our churches today with pastors even practicing these sins. Satan no longer has a foothold in the churches, he has control over many of them.


This concept of becoming spiritually dead after becoming saved is no different than the story of the Prodigal son . . .  for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. (Luke 15:24), And they began to be merry. You see here the father began to be merry and celebrate only when his son was found or alive again. The father does not celebrate or take pleasure in a son who is dead and lost. He is not part of his household only those children who are faithful like his other son.


 

Nor is it any different than what Jesus said about Christians that do not have a firm foundation in Luke 8:13, “They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

The good news is we can get right with God if we fall away but we must be willing to live in repentance, abide in the truth, and then nothing will be able to keep us from the love of God. Because sin will not only keep you from church, it can separate you from God.


Brothers and Sisters,

“Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” (2 Tim 2:19)

There are eternal consequences for those who don’t.

In love,

Donald Kjellberg

This is not a works salvation. This is the gospel.

Romans 9:14, “Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.” This refers to living off the fruits of your ministry. But it means much more. Living the gospel also means that “you practice what you preach.” How I love the depth of God’s word!


Below, Paul describes some things we should consider while pruning our trees with the fruits of the gospel lest we bear bad fruit and God cuts us out from the root as noted in, Romans 11:18-22.

But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: for if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 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.


Below Paul shows us how he is living the gospel and exhorts us to do the same.

“For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more . . .  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” I Corinthians 9:19, 27

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? Finally, brethren, farewell . . . Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:5, 11


This is not a works salvation, this is the gospel. Preaching Christ crucified and living all that the New Testament teaches IS the good news. Is it not good news that you can be saved? Is it not good news that you can be free from the bondage of sin? Iis it not good news that God can transform you heart and desires? Is it not good news that through the power of the Spirit of Truth you can do the work of God?

The gospel is the revelation of Jesus Christ. The fruits that come from the Tree of Life come from no other source. God can bring peace and strengthen your heart and mind every day as you submit to His will. This is the fullness of the gospel.


Jesus said, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matthew 13:12-14


Guard your heart from the iniquity in this world and pray God transforms you to His heart’s desire, pure and undefiled. Did you know that you are a living epistle of the gospel? God forbid we show the world how to live by presenting a carnal nature and the ungodly lusts it produces instead of this.

Lastly,

“Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:” 2 Corinthians 3:2-4


So preach the gospel of Christ crucified, more importantly, live it out in your own life.

Take heed, lest ye be part of the great falling away described in 2 Thessalonians 2:3

Jesus left us with the Apostles and their writings. Within those writings are instructions, warnings, and exhortations on how we should live and die for God. The following is one such passage. In it we are warned against willfully sinning and the eternal consequences that follow such behaviors.

Moses and the Israelites were given great privilege not dissimilar from the church today. They were a picture of us and were judged as we will be. There is good news, we can overcome through God’s grace. Do not be deceived, we cannot walk in sin as Christians and expect to share in God’s glory. Take heed lest ye become a part of the great falling away that is prophesied to occur before the Antichrist is revealed to the church.

These things must happen according to scripture before Jesus comes to gather those who are alive and remain. Jesus explains this in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Of interesting note, in Mark the question of the audience is answered. It is not just the Jews to whom Jesus is speaking. He is warning all of us of the troubles to come, “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”

If we take the examples from Paul below to heart, we can be rest assured we are on the path to glory and not His wrath to come. If you are guilty of the things described below (and the list is not exhaustive BTW, i.e., strife, envy, adultery/looking at a woman with lust, etc.) repent and turn completely away from those sins. You will fall and may have already fallen if you continue to practice them.

God sent His son so that no one may perish. He is longsuffering and does not want to condemn us. He wants us to believe in Him with an “active faith” not a dead faith. This is a continuous process that abounds with God’s grace, love, instructions, and ample guidance as we seek His face. It is our duty to submit and prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. God is faithful and will help us if we work to overcome as noted here, here, and here unto the end.

Here is the passage – 1 Corinthians 10:1-13:

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

We are instructed to pray that we are not led into temptation. Temptation is the predecessor to sin. If you find yourself in a situation that brings temptation, flee from it. If you cannot flee, remember God will not allow you be tempted above that you can bear. Obedient Christians do not live in sin. Not only are we are not suppose to continue in sin at all, we are commanded to abstain even from the appearance of evil. Properly equipped, we do not have to willfully sin. Sin may lead to death or it may not. But like the scripture said, “take heed” and walk uprightly. To consciously live in sin once you know the truth will send you to Hell. Don’t believe the lie that once you say the prayer of salvation, you are “good”. This is from the Devil. To those who hold the truth in unrighteousness, the wrath of God will be revealed from heaven. Don’t let your heart be darkened. If it has been darkened, pray the Lord will wash it anew. He can and He does. He wants to have you walk  walk in the light even as He is in the light and you will be cleansed from all sin and unrighteousness.

Once again, here is one last passage describing our fate as obedient servants or followers of sin. The choice is yours. God has given you all you need in His Living Word. BTW, in case you did not know, when the word word is capitalized, it refers to Jesus. When it is not, it refers to the word of the Bible.

If you are in a church where the preacher says you have to sin or it is okay to sin as a Christian, get out! Take heed, lest you fall like our ancestors did in the wilderness.