Obedience ensures your destination

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Obedience ensures your destination

Obedience is the Christian’s crown.   – Shiller

Obedience to the cross ensures the Victor’s crown.

Obedience is to hear God’s word and act accordingly.

 

By Pastor George Lehman

 

Once again, we impress the absolute importance of “obedience” on the hearts of God’s children.

There are many Christians who believe in the doctrine of eternal security.
I.E. “Once saved, always saved”.

 

When you begin to look at scripture it becomes clear and evident that this is not so and gives people who continue to live habitually in an ungodly lifestyle after being saved false hope!

2 Peter 1:9-11 (Amp) – For whoever lacks these qualities is blind, [spiritually] shortsighted, seeing only what is near to him, and has become oblivious [to the fact] that he was cleansed from his old sins.  10 Because of this, brethren, be all the more solicitous and  eager to make sure (to ratify, to strengthen, to make steadfast) your calling and election; for if you do this, you will never stumble or  fall.  11 Thus there will be richly and abundantly provided for you entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

This passage of scripture is difficult to dispute because it exposes the idea of once saved, always saved.

It states a simple command that God asks us to obediently carry out.

The opposite is also true – if we fail to do what Peter advises then our calling and election may not be sure.

If we stumble, an entrance will not be supplied to us into the Kingdom of God.

 

Consider this – God has done His part.
– He called or elected us out of all the billions on this planet.
– He forgave us – granted us repentance
– Gave us His Holy Spirit.
– He opened up the truth to us.
– Revealed Himself and His way of life to us.
– He made a new covenant with us.
– Took us out of darkness and brought us into the light.

 

There is no end to what God has done for us.

Nevertheless, if we do not reciprocate [wederkerig] the relationship He begun will fall apart.

Our calling and election are not certain without us doing our part.

The bible is very clear that we can fall away and not make it into the Kingdom of God.

 

Please consider this:

Tell those faithful committed obedient people who gave up their lives for Jesus.

Hebrews 11:37-38 (NIV) – 37They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted, and mistreated – 38the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.

Tell them it’s okay to live a disobedient, careless compromising life of sin.

Tell them you can live just the way you want to and you’re on your way to heaven.

Without Holiness we won’t see God

Hebrews 12:14 (NIV) –  Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

Why did Peter write this to the church?

Because the church was experiencing various false teachings, turning people away from an obedience to God.

2 Peter 1:12 (Amp) – So I intend always to remind you about these things, although indeed you know them and are firm in the truth that [you] now [hold].

Why would Satan put false teachers in the church if there was no chance for the people to fall away?

Question: Why would Peter have to remind the church of their calling and election to make it sure?

When something is acceptable and valid[van krag], it is determined to be genuine, true, real, authentic, or legitimate.

How do Christians show themselves to be valid to their calling and election?

 

The answer is simple:  Jesus describes it in:

Matthew 7:16-21 (Amp) – You will fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?  17 Even so, every healthy (sound) tree bears good fruit [worthy of admiration], but the sickly (decaying, worthless) tree bears bad (worthless) fruit.  18 A good (healthy) tree cannot bear bad (worthless) fruit, nor can a bad (diseased) tree bear excellent fruit [worthy of admiration].  19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.  20 Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits.  21 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven.

 

We show our true, genuine, legitimate life by the fruit we produce.

Jesus also said in:

John 15:1-2 (Amp) – I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.  2 Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.

*God has called us to an obedient fruit-full growing life.

 

John 15:4-6 (Amp) – Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.  5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.  6 If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned.

 

This destroys the “once saved, always saved” teaching.

 

Colossians 1:21-23 (NIV) – Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

Jesus wants to present us holy, blameless and irreproachable to the Father in His Kingdom.

But we have a part to play too! – If we uphold our part of the covenant!

 

Paul says…

Philippians 2:12 (NKJV) –  Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

 

The point is, if a Christian commits sin, he is guilty even though God’s grace has covered him in the past (unconfessed sin is unforgiven sin).

If a Christian continues in the sin until it becomes a habitual way of life, he is in danger of losing his salvation promised to him.

 

Paul makes this very clear statement…

Hebrews 10:26-29 (NIV) – If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?

 

Jesus warned us…

Matthew 24:12-13 (NIV) –  Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Lukewarm Jesus spits you out)

 

Peter says…

2 Peter 2:20-22 (NIV) – If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”

 

“Obedience determines our end destination”.

John 8:51 (Amp) – Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.

That’s why John wrote…

1 John 1:9 (Amp) –  If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

 

James gives the path to restoration.

James 4:7-10 (Amp) – So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.  8 Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery].  9 [As you draw near to God] be deeply penitent and grieve, even weep [over your disloyalty]. Let your laughter be turned to grief and your mirth to dejection and heartfelt shame [for your sins].  10 Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].

 

May we be found every day being teachable, changeable, moldable and walking in OBEDIENCE.

I don’t believe there is anyone listening to me now, who wants to be disobedient on purpose. Who wants to just scrape into heaven by the skin of your teeth?

No, we want to finish strong and hear the words of Jesus say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

 

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