Commentary By: Gordon King
Troublesome times, increasing evil, destruction and chaos, all leading to the beginning of the Tribulation period. Each day the world is becoming a darker place, and with each passing moment demonic spirits are hard at work influencing the minds, hearts, and actions of people in the world.
How can a world so dominated by evil be so naive as to not see what is happening before them? Perhaps it is not naivety itself, but rather not being able to see the truth, not seeing clearly, having a mind of confusion and misperceptions!
The goal of the evil one, Satan, is to keep as many people from God as possible, to destroy God’s plans. In doing so, he is creating mass confusion, chaos, and destruction. His is to deceive and to lead astray, to twist the truth and lie, by whatever means possible. He and his demonic spirits are attempting to keep as many people out of heaven, and take as many with him to hell as possible!
“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.“
Satan and his followers are here to steal, kill, and destroy.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.“
Whomever is not of God, is of Satan! And if we as believers can loose our salvation, just what hope do we have of eternal life?!
1 John 3:8-10
“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. 10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.“
Does this mean that if we sin then we are not of God? No, none of us are perfect, we will at times sin, however we are not to practice sin as a lifestyle. This brings to mind another question, if we drift away from God and live a sinful lifestyle, will we then lose our salvation? There are opposing trains of thought on this matter, yet I personally do not believe that a born-again child of God can lose their salvation. I mean, if we can lose our salvation by sinning, then how would we ever know if we were truly saved or not, or if we are still saved?
Just as the Prodigal son left his father, then returned to him, his father welcomed him back with open arms. He did not leave him nor forsake him, he was always the father’s son. Once saved we are sealed by the Holy Spirit until our day of redemption, God also tells us that He will never leave us nor forsake us! If this is true then it would be true in all things, no matter what we have done. However, I do believe that we can distance ourselves from God, that we can harm our relationship with God. I also know that we will still suffer the consequences of our actions!
Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the sin debt of the world. This means all sin, past, present, and future, if not then His sacrifice would not have been good enough and we would all perish! For God knows that even though we are saved, that we will still sin, none of us are perfect, and sin is sin!
1 Peter 2:24
“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.“
Yet, there is one sin which is not covered by the blood of Jesus, and that is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit!
“Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.“
“ 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.“
Jesus said that “by no means”, which I take to believe is anything, by our works, deeds, or lack of. And if we are not saved by our works but by the grace of God, then how can we lose our salvation by our works? There are those who claim to be Christians, yet not all who do are truly saved and born-again! Even many in the church today are not truly saved. They may go through the motions, perform religious rituals, yet they do not truly know Christ! And then there are those who proclaim to be Christians, yet believe that there are many ways to heaven, and if they believe this then they are actually saying that Jesus Christ was a liar!
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.“
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.“
“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.“
Jesus Himself tells us that we shall never perish! Nor shall anyone snatch us out of His hand!
I don’t know all, nor do I have all of the answers. However, one day we will know, we will have a much better understanding of God and the things of God. With that being said, it is much better to remain in the will and favor of God then to drift away from God. And whether or not you believe that our salvation can or cannot be lost, we are all still brothers and sisters in Christ! Amen.
So as it goes in the world, there are many who claim that God does not even exist! As believers we know different, for we have experienced God on a personal level. We have been saved and sealed by God until the day of our redemption, at the rapture of the church, this is what scripture tells us.
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.“
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.“
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.“
There is no question in my mind about where I am going to spend eternity, none whatsoever! I take God at His word. However, there are many in this world who don’t see things the same way. There are those who believe that everyone will get to heaven, some way, some how. This could not be further from the truth! There is only one way to heaven, and that way is through Jesus Christ!
Then there are those who don’t believe that heaven, or hell for that matter, really exist. They believe that once a person dies, that’s it, game over, the end! They are in for a rude awakening.
We all have a choice to make, a choice which will determine our eternal destiny! Most people spend more time in front of a television or choosing which new car to buy, then in thinking about heaven and hell, about their eternal future. And we will all make the choice, whether we believe so or not. By not accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are actually making a choice, the choice to not accept Him, the choice to spend eternity separated from Him in hell!
The world mocks what they cannot see, they disbelieve in what is righteous and holy, yet they take what evolutionists have told them to be the honest truth! They place their eternal destiny in the hands of people they never met, in people who have no proof that evolution is true, and yet at the same time they cannot prove that the bible is not true! They cannot prove that God does not exist, yet they believe in man-made tales of evolution which have never been proven true.
Believe what you will, we all have a free will, and we all have a choice to make, accept Jesus Christ or reject Him!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!