It’s about time to…
July 28th, 2019
It is sad to say, but a lot of Christians are going to hell.
Before I explain this, let me bring up something else that can be a little controversial in the fellowship of believers; once shaved always shaved! Well that is what my older brother likes to use for the indelible salvation that grace puts on us.
Let me bring these two topics together.
I believe that once you have been saved, you are forever redeemed. There is a segment of good Christians that believe that you can lose your salvation, I don’t happen to stand with them doctrinally. I believe that the blood of Jesus was never shed in vain. Not a single drop was waisted as he purchased the redemption of his creation.
When he washes those sins of crimson to be white as snow, they don’t fade to a darker shade outside of grace.
At the same time, yes, I believe that there are literally millions of people who ‘believe’ they are saved, but tragically, they are not.
When you begin to understand how these two statements can co-exist in the same doctrinal position, you’ll begin to understand why I don’t believe you can walk away from your salvation if you have been truly saved.
“Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.”
Luke 11:35-36 (NLT)
Our Lord said this.
In other words, you may be thinking that you said the sinners prayer, cashed in your tokens and you’re glory bound right now, but if you truly have not had a change of heart from that heart of stone, there is going to be some clear evidence of that salvation experience.
I’m not talking about skipping out of church after going to the alter, I’m talking about the same transformation that Paul spoke of in Romans.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)
Just as Jesus said and recorded by Luke, “If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.”
You will not be able to turn it off.
The light that shines inside the true believer, is the Light of the World. This world of darkness is a stark contrast to the light inside of the believer. Not to say we are perfect, but compared to the darkness surrounding us, that light is bright!
That light is an ‘eternal flame’, never to be extinguished.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
Paul doesn’t say, “I guess that God will keep working in you. He’s already started so might just as well complete the job.” No, he says “I am certain”, since God has begun a work in you that he is going to see it through to the end.
Let me ask you something. In Biblical terms what is the ‘end’. And, after the ‘end’ do you envision any possibility that God will change His mind about our worthiness of the heavenly reward that awaits us?
Are you kidding me? No. Once He has started His work in you, the job is as good as finished!
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”
John 10:28-30 (NLT)
This may be just a bit offensive to some, but I tell you this in love brothers and sisters and remember the Gospel is an offence to the unredeemed.
If you consider yourself a true believer and you entrust complete confidence in the truth and infallibility of God’s Word, how can you read these passages, and conclude that we can walk away from our salvation? You cannot.
This is where these two concepts come together.
Virtually every person that calls themselves a Christian believes in something.
They either believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, He came here to be born a man and to die upon the cross to purchase our salvation. A salvation that is begotten to us by grace alone through faith in the saving blood of Jesus. When we surrender out lives to him, He lights a glow inside us that is impossible to put out, it is an eternal flame!
Others on the other hand, believe that they have met the minimum requirements to get a ticket punched for heaven and I’m here to tell you, IT IS NOT ENOUGH!
“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’”
Matthew 7:21-23 (NLT)
If that light isn’t there you are in dire straits. Grace through faith means just exactly that. You must have the heart change and faith that is given us by God through His Word and have crossed from death to life. This is a point on which the scripture will not compromise, nor will Jesus who IS THE WORD.
It is appointed unto man, once to die and then the judgement. Will that light be present, or will there be nothing more than an empty shell portending to be a product of grace but in actuality a law breaker, guilty and condemned before the throne of God?
So, you see, there will be those who say they are in the fold that are still out in the darkness and on the day of judgment if that light isn’t shining, they will be condemned to eternal darkness. Likewise, once we “Get Lit”, it is an eternal flame and can’t be extinguished.
Salvation by grace, through faith in Jesus. No other way to “Get Lit”!
In the Grace of Jesus!