Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
The Question Of Salvation (Part 5)
Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the Word of the Kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the Word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the Word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the Word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the Word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Matthew 13:18-23 (NKJV)
Jesus is 'The Word' (John 1:1). Jesus is also the 'Spirit Who dwells in you' (Romans 8:11). Therefore, receiving 'The Seed' means receiving the Word, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Himself. Consider The Parable of the Sower in this light.
God says His Seed (Word, Spirit) can be stolen, uprooted, and choked from our hearts. By whom? The enemy. By what? Ignorance, trials, worries, and riches. Causing what? A barren and unfruitful life. If so, can we lose our salvation?
'I am the true Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away... If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned' (John 15:1-6).
Does this fire purge our sinful natures, or does it purge us from His presence? I don't know. I hope the former, but I fear the latter. Therefore, with the help of Jesus, I intend to nurture His Seed, Word, and Spirit in my life. How? By paying diligent attention to His Instruction Manual. Everything we need to know is there.
'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' (Philippians 2:12). That's my plan.
And this is a workout routine no Christian should ignore.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Question of Salvation series.