You are either a slave to Jesus Christ or a slave to sin…which are you? Your LIFE and your DEEDS show the truth of your eternal standing. Regardless of what you may think or say….
“For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9.
Salvation is God’s greatest work; in nothing has He so manifested forth His glory as in this. He embarked all His infinite resources, and staked all His Divine honor, in the accomplishment of this work so dear to His heart—the salvation of His church. The universe is full of His beauty,but myriads of worlds, on a scale infinitely more vast and magnificent than this, could give no such idea of God as the salvation of a single sinner. Salvation required the revelation and the harmony of all the Divine perfections. Creation affords only a partial view of God. It displays His natural but not His moral attributes. It portrays His wisdom, His goodness, His power; but it gives no idea of His holiness, His justice, His truth, His love. It is but the alphabet, the shadow of God. These are parts of His ways, and how little of Him is known! But in the person of Immanuel, in the cross of Christ, in the finished work of redemption, God appears in full-orbed majesty. And when the believing soul surveys this wondrous expedient of reconciling all the interests of heaven, of uniting all the perfection of Jehovah in the salvation of sinners by the blood of the cross—”Mercy and truth meeting together, righteousness and peace kissing each other”—it exclaims in full satisfaction with the salvation of God—”Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!”
The anxious question of an awakened soul, as it bears its weight of sin to the cross, is, “Is the salvation of the Lord Jesus a work commensurate with my case? Will it meet my individual condition as a sinner? May I, in a deep conviction of my guiltiness, venture my soul upon Jesus? Am I warranted, without a work of my own, apart from all my merit or my demerit, to believe in Christ and indulge the hope that I shall be saved?” The Bible, in brief but emphatic sentences, answers these inquiries. “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved.” “Him that comes unto me I will in no wise cast out.” “By grace are you saved.” “If by grace, then it is no more of works.” “You are complete in Him.” The Holy Spirit giving the inquirer a possession of these declarations, working the faith that receives the Lord Jesus into the heart, the believing soul is enabled to say, “I see that it is a salvation for sinners—for the vilest, the poorest, the most unworthy. I came to Christ, and was received; I believed in Him, rested in Him, and I am saved. Christ is mine, His salvation is mine, His promises are mine, His advocacy is mine, His heaven is mine.”
Dear reader, is your soul saved? Are you converted by the Spirit of God? Everything else in comparison is but as the bubble that floats down the stream. This busy life will soon cease; its last thought, and care, and anxiety will yield to the great, the solemn realities of eternity. Are you ready for the result? Are you in a state of pardon, of justification, of peace with God through Christ? How is it with your soul? Will it be well with you in death, well with you after death, well with you at the judgment-seat of Christ? Have you come to the Lord Jesus as a Savior—to His blood for cleansing, to His righteousness for acceptance, to His cross for shelter, to Himself for rest? Have you fled as a sinner to Jesus as the Savior? Look these questions, I beseech you, fairly, fully in the face, and answer them in your own conscience, and as in view of that dread tribunal at whose bar you will soon be cited. What if you should prosper in temporals, and be lean in spirituals! What if you should pamper the body, and starve the soul! What if you should gain the world—its riches, its honors, its pleasures—and be yourself through eternity a castaway! To die in your sins, to die without union to Christ, to die unreconciled to God, tremendous will be the consequences; so dire will be your condition, so fearful and interminable your sufferings from the wrath of a holy and righteous God, it would have been good for you never to have been born. The unrighteous will be “punished with everlasting destruction, from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power.”
But there is hope! Does this page meet the eye of a penitent mourner—one whose heart is smitten with godly grief for sin? Be it known you, that the sacrifice of a broken heart and of a contrite spirit God will not despise. Despise it! oh, no! It is the precious, holy fruit of His Spirit in your soul, and in His eye it is too holy, too costly, too dear to be despised. Bring to Him that broken heart, and Jesus will bind it up, heal and fill it with joy, and peace, and hope. It was His mission to receive and save sinners—it is His office to receive and save sinners—it is His delight and glory to receive and save sinners; and if you will but approach Him, exactly as you are, He will receive and save you.
~ Octavius Winslow
I recently saw this and thought it was definitely worth sharing……
“You want a simple definition of a Christian, a true Christian? He is one who glories, who boasts, who rejoices in Christ Jesus. His glory is not ambition, work, women, hobby, house, nor hunting trips. One dear old lady, whenever convenient, would bring the conversation around to her grandchildren. That was her glory. I’ve known folks that had collections of cars, tools, arrowheads, or even buttons. That is what made them stand out. For some, it is a weird hairstyle, a piece of clothing, or even their poverty. For some it is their church or their ministry. Folks must have something in which to glory, even if it is their sin, their shame, Philippians 3.19.
But the Christians glory in Christ Jesus – His person and His work. We boast of His eternal existence, His humble incarnation, His perfect life, His miraculous deeds, His substitutionary death, His powerful resurrection, His supreme exaltation, His effectual intercession, His sovereign reign, His second coming and righteous judgment. We boast of His incomparable love, His incomprehensible peace, His tender mercy, His incredible forgiveness, His great salvation, His majestic saints, His surpassing wisdom, and His blessed hope. It is the nature of a Christian to shun boasting in anything but the cross of Christ where his sin-guilt was put away, Galatians 6.14.
The Christian has seen that there is nothing else worthy in which to boast. All else is passing, is frail, is weak, is dust. All else is relative and next year someone else will do it better and then die. Kings die. Empires crumble, forgotten. But Christ Jesus lives and reigns. In the end, all will appear before Him and He will get the glory. We shout it from the housetops. Are you proud of Christ Jesus?”~Bob Jennings
Because I wish it was not true, but it is. Very.
One may hold to Christian beliefs, that does not make one a follower of Christ.
The term Christian was applied to disciples (followers) of Christ by Grecian/gentile/pagans.
One is either a disciple/follower of Christ, or they aren’t. The church is full of posers, not hypocrites (although there are some of those too) but mostly posers. Satan loves nothing better than to have ‘inside people” who will do his bidding.
….We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. I John 2:3-6
….For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Even though the unconverted mind is highly educated and talented, yet it is utterly unable to receive and understand spiritually those things needful for its eternal salvation.
It will not respond to the preaching of the gospel until renewed, enlightened and enabled to do so by the Holy Spirit: “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned’ (1 Cor 2:14).
The subject of this verse is the natural man. The natural man is quite opposite of the spiritual man (1 Cor 15:44; Jude 19).~ John Owen
The Lord is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29
And ALL liars will have their part in the Lake of Fire. ALL. No one is saved who continues to lie. NO. ONE. Your “fire insurance” is not valid for you….you only have eternal damnation to look forward to. Repent. For real. And surrender to the biblical Christ. Your life shows if you have or not….and those in Christ either see it or shall soon figure it out. God will not let the tares hide themselves for long.
So…Liar…stop lying or the fires of Hell await you!
It is related that the famous French artist Gustave Dore was once wandering in the mountains of Switzerland, when some officials met him and demanded his passport. “I do not have it with me,” he replied, “but my name is Gustave Dore.” “Prove it, if you are,” replied the officers, knowing who Dore was–but not believing that this was he. Taking a piece of paper, the artist hastily sketched a group of peasants who were standing near, and did it with such grace and skill that the officials exclaimed, “Enough, you are Dore!”
In the same way, the world cares little for a mere profession. We say we are Christians, and the challenge is, “Prove it!” If we are of Christ, then we must do the works of Christ, live the life of Christ, and show the spirit of Christ. The artist’s skillful drawing proved his identity. Just so, we must prove that we are the followers of our Master by the love, the grace, the beauty, the holiness of our life.
Religion is not merely a matter of creed and profession, or of church-going and public worship; it is far more a matter of daily life. It is not how we behave on Sundays, nor the kind of creed we hold, nor the devoutness of our worship–it is the way we act at home, in school, in business, in society, in our associations with others. It is vitally important that all who profess Christ–shall manifest Christ’s beauty in their life and character. It is not enough to preach the gospel in words alone; others must also read it in our daily life. “So that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders.” 1 Thessalonians 4:12
“Whoever says he abides in Christ, ought to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself.” 1 John 2:6
(J.R. Miller, “The Glory of the Commonplace”)
Is it real? Prove it.
8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
Examine yourselves…be sure you do not get stripped of your rewards for living a life of habitual sin and accepting others who do the same.
9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
He who lives contrary to the teachings and commands of Christ Jesus has not God, nor is saved. He who lives according to the commands and teachings of Christ, has both God and Christ.
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
If there be anyone who come to you with a gospel that contradicts the true Gospel of Christ Jesus, do not embrace him or receive him into your home or church. Neither pray God’s blessing upon him.
11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
For if you ask God to bless him, then you will be partaking in his evil deeds and will be punished with him.
The problem is, most people today, do not understand what ‘evil deeds’ mean and what they are. They are evil and deceived themselves, so how can a blind man lead a blind man out of a ditch?
Many professing Christians preach a false gospel. A gospel of convenience, tolerance and relevance is no gospel at all. It deceives, fools and leads the lost into a false sense of security. Kind of like a spider setting up a motel for flies (I saw a cartoon once).
This is a gospel concocted in the conference room of hell. Persecution stokes the fires of revival, suffering hardens and makes the Christian stronger and more dependent on Christ–but a safe and comfortable message lulls the masses to sleep while the enemy slits his throat.
I remember a cartoon I watched when I was a child (I watched a lot of TV, I know…) and it was about a flock of sheep being guarded by a dumb sheep dog. A wolf or coyote tried everything he could to get to the sheep and nothing was working. The more he tried, the more of a beating he received from the dog. He then had an idea. Dress up like a sheep! That did the trick. Not only did the dog think he was a sheep, but he picked up the wolf in disguise and put him “back into the fold where he belonged”! The scheme worked perfectly.
This is the state of the church today as its shepherds are asleep or off having a vacation or something while the wolf prowls amongst the sheep as he pleases. He spreads his lies and half-truths and the sheep, being basically brainless, follow him faithfully.
“If Christ walked the earth today, He wouldn’t cleanse the temple, He would cleanse the pulpit!”
The false-gospel has failed to do anything in the church, but to rot it from the inside out. It has dumbed down the congregation, made Christ into a fool and all but convinced everyone that hell, sin and an angry God do not exist. Instead we get a buddy Jesus wearing jeans, sunglasses and texting you inspirational quotes from Joel Osteen’s Twitter page. You get a god who embraces everyone, regardless of their religion and/or lifestyle and will refuse to send anyone to hell, because hey, we’re all a work in progress, right…?
Hell is a figment of our imaginations and heaven is for everyone! Party-hearty, everyone…God is good and He loves you, even if you drink, smoke, sleep with your neighbor’s wife, gossip about Linda’s addictions down the street and use the church’s prayer-chain as an awesome avenue to “pass along interesting tid-bits”.
Do you know of someone like this? Have I described you?
God has judged against you already. Your only hope is to surrender and beg for mercy–unless of course your god has accepted you for who you are…then you believe you’re good enough and the fires of hell are being stoked for your arrival.
Oh…and no amount of Godspeed will help you out on judgment day.