Be Found Worthy Of Salvation

February 24, 2013

Friends,
We each should ask ourselves often, “Am I proving that I am worthy of salvation?”  For eternal salvation, contrary to what many teach, is not automatically given to us. There must be a heart change, the proof being a lifestyle change.  If there is not, then the whole-hearted love for Christ –which He requires (Matt 10:37 & 22:37,38)– is not truly present.

What marks a lifestyle change and proves that a person does love the Lord whole-heartedly?  The Scriptures tell us plainly that the proof is obedience to God’s commands. (1 John 5:3)  They tell us that it is obedience to Christ’s teachings.  (John 14:15,21,23)  They tell us that our deeds of obedience reveal whether or not we’ve really turned from sin to God (Acts 26:20), whether or not we’ll be found justified (James 2:24), whether or not Christ’s sacrifice will atone for us (Heb. 10:26,27), whether or not we’ve come to share in Christ (3:12,14 // 1 John 3:24), and whether or not we will be received into Heaven.  (Heb. 4:11 // Rev. 3:1-5,15,16)  For only “those who wash their robes” (Rev. 22:14)… only those who refuse to soil their clothes (3:4)… only those who remain dressed in white (same verse) through their righteous acts (19:8)… will be found “worthy” (3:4) to escape “the fiery lake of burning sulfur” (21:8) –that place where all those who have been disobedient to God are thrown (Eph. 5:6 // 2 Thes. 1:7-9)… all those who would not repent of their impure and deceitful ways.  (Rev. 21:27)

So, who will God find “worthy of His calling”?  (2 Thes. 1:11)  Who will He regard to have “lived a life worthy of the Lord”?  (See Col. 1:10)  Who will He deem “qualified to share in the inheritance of the Kingdom”?  (See v. 12)  Who “will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God”?  (2 Thes. 1:5)  Who will be “considered worthy of taking part in that age… [as] children of the resurrection”?  (Luke 20:35,36)  Who will be judged “worthy of Christ”?  (See Matt. 10:37,38)

The answer:  Only those who lived their lives “bearing fruit in every good work” (Col. 1:10), “growing in the knowledge of God” (same verse), walking in the power and Spirit of the Lord (v. 11 // Rom. 8:13,14 // 1 Cor. 4:20 // Gal. 5:16-26)… only those who were “pleasing to God in every way” (see Col. 1:10 again), and were doing all –and only– those deeds which were in the exact will of the Father.  (Matt. 7:21 & 12:50 // 1 John 2:17)

With all those requirements, who then will be saved?!  The answer, according to Jesus, is “Few.”  (Matt. 7:14)  For the door and the road are narrow (same verse // Luke 13:23-28), and most people who claim to be saved are actually proving the opposite, for they have not “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God” (1 Thes. 1:9) but have instead continued to seek to “gratify the cravings of their sinful nature by following its desires and thoughts” (Eph. 2:3) –something which all born-anew creations must regard as dead, gone, and a life of the past.  (Rom. 6:6,17-19 // 2 Cor. 5:17 // Gal. 5:24)

If a person refuses to renounce his lifestyle of the past, then that person has not genuinely repented, and consequently, all his faith, worship, claims, and works will be found useless to him in God’s sight.  (Matt. 7:21-23 // Mark 7:6,7 // Luke 3:8,9 // 1 Cor. 15:2 // James 2:14-26)  Such a person needs to get honest and realize that before God he has not proved himself worthy of salvation.  Before it’s too late, this person needs to fall on his knees with a contrite, trembling heart, get himself right before God, and live the rest of his life for Christ, not himself.

Only then will such people be able to say, “Yes, I am ‘behaving in a manner worthy of the Gospel’ [see Phil. 1:27] and ‘living a life worthy of the calling I’ve received.’  [See Eph. 4:1]  I am, therefore, proving to God that I am worthy of Him, His Kingdom, and eternal salvation.”

Until everyone can say that, may all who can say it continue to “urge others to live lives worthy of God, who calls us into His kingdom and glory.”  (See 1 Thes. 2:12)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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