A Worthy Life, Pleasing to God In Every Way, Brings Final Salvation

December 12, 2015

Friends,
The Word of God is replete with admonishments and encouragements for us to exalt God for His wonderful kindness in saving (redeeming and delivering) us from the rule and oppression of the devil. As Col. 1:12,13 remind us, the Lord has rescued us from the power (authority / dominion / domain / rulership / subjugation) of the darkness and transplanted (transferred / converted / transformed / changed / relocated) us into Christ’s Kingdom of Light, forgiving us and qualifying us to share in the inheritance of the saints.

Before our deliverance, we could not see. We were in darkness and our eyes and ears were dull to the Truth. But, by hearing and believing (Rom. 10:17) “the Word of Truth, the Gospel” (Col. 1:5), the Light beams into our understanding and we comprehend not only our deplorable condition and doom, but also that the Escape from Satan to God has been paid for and provided for us! (Acts 26:18 // Rom. 1:16)

Once we have taken the Escape Route, what are we to do? Are we to sit back and indulge ourselves in “those things [that] result in death”? (Rom.6:21) “Should we continue to sin so that grace may abound [increase / multiply / overflow]? Of course not! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (v. 1,2) Being freed from the subjugation of the dark realm means we have been freed from sin’s ability to control us (v. 18,20) and it means we (by having genuinely and eagerly chosen to submit our will to God’s will) have been transplanted into the Domain (Territory / Kingdom / Realm / Government / Person) of Light. (John 3:19-21 & 8:12 & 12:46) Choosing to take the Escape means we have made a vow to God to keep a clean conscience before Him (1 Pe. 3:21) and to live the rest of our lives in the pursuit of His desires alone (v. 2), doing this by seeking His will with all our effort. (Col. 1:9 // 2 Pe. 1:5-11)

Anyone who claims to be saved, but who does not understand these requirements, is simply lying or deceiving themselves about their salvation. (1 John 2:3-6) Anyone who goes back to dwelling in sin (sinfulness) is not saved. (3:6-10 // Heb. 10:26-31) Anyone who keeps sinning, but insists that he is dwelling in the Kingdom of Light because he belongs to Christ, because he has been born again, and because he has supposedly been forgiven of all his past, present, and future sins (Mt. 18:32-35), is going to be told on Judgement Day, by Jesus, “You wicked, lazy servant!” (25:26) And this person will hear the King say to His angels, “Throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (v. 30)

So, if we have been qualified by God to share in His Kingdom, what, stated in one short sentence, is our responsibility? Col. 1:10 reveals to us the goal of our new life: “That you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way.” And how do we do this? Verses 10-12 inform us that it is by thanking the Father and by bearing fruit in every good work and by growing in the knowledge of God, all through which we are then strengthened with (more of) the power of God so that we may have great endurance and patience. And why that? Well, as Ja. 1:4 tells us, perseverance is what makes us become “mature and complete, not lacking anything.” For truly our works do need to be completed in the sight of God in order for us to be found worthy of salvation at the end. (Rev. 3:1-6) Yes, there is initial salvation (rescue / deliverance), but we must hold to that salvation to the end. (Heb. 3:12-14 & 10:35-39 // 1 Pe. 1:9) This we do by obeying Jesus (John 15:6,10) and His Word (1 John 2:5,6) with committed, life-long endurance, and with joyful eagerness, willing effort, and grateful love and worship to the Lord.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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