Saturday, January 19th, 2013
The Question Of Salvation (Part 8)
The Danger Zone
For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Matthew 24:38-39 (NKJV)
Be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Matthew 24:44 (NKJV)
The four Gospels are filled with stories, signs and wonders. Jesus teaches directly by Word, indirectly by parables and personally by example. His new Covenant carries promises and penalties beyond human reason. Our eyes must close and our hearts must open to meet God in the Spirit.
Because of His passionate desire that all men should 'Be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth' (see 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9), Jesus warns us against behaviors that may bring our salvation into question... including:
1) Despising the dreams of others: 'But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire' (Matthew 5:22). 'For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned' (Matthew 12:37).
2) Looking back on your life before Christ: 'No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God' (Luke 9:62). 'He says, 'I will return to my house from which I came'... and the last state of that man is worse than the first' (Luke 11:24-26).
3) Harboring unforgiveness: 'And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses' (Matthew 18:34-35).
4) Enticing a child (in age or in faith) to sin: 'Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea' (Matthew 18:6).
5) Living in wealth: 'And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God' (Matthew 19:24).
6) Hoarding money or possessions: 'God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God' (Luke 12:20-21).
7) Ignoring the beggar at your gates: ' 'I am tormented in this flame.' But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented' ' (Luke 16:24-25).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Question of Salvation series.