Consider Our Danger Of Eternal Rejection
January 26, 2016
I strongly encourage that we soberly and prayerfully ask ourselves these questions:
1. Is my life, when viewed by God, a life that is in His will –daily, as well as regarding my overall life and lifestyle? We know the verses about the necessity of being in God’s will in order to be granted the Kingdom of Heaven on That Day. One is Mt. 12:50 where Jesus makes it clear that we are not part of His family unless we DO the will of the Father. 1 John 2:17 is another verse that tells us that a person does not inherit eternal life unless they DO the will of God. And of course most are familiar with Mt. 7:21-23 where Jesus makes it crystal clear that even those who consider Him their Lord and who minister in His name –that if they have not walked in the will of the Father– will be eternally rejected.
2. Do I often live according to the sinful nature? Gal. 5:19-21 teaches that those who commit acts of the sinful nature, including those relating to impurity, idolatry, and selfish ambition, do not inherit the Kingdom of God, while Eph. 5:3-6 and Col. 3:5-10 teach the same. Rom. 6:1-7, 2 Cor. 5:15, and Gal. 2:20 & 6:14 show us that being in Christ means having crucified Self, while verses such as Mt. 12:36,37, John 5:29, 1 Cor. 4:5, 2 Cor. 5:10, and Rev. 20:11-15 warn us that we will reap Heaven or Hell based on our motives, our words, and our actions –regardless of our assertion that we love Jesus. (John 14:21 // Titus 1:16 // 1 John 2:3-6)
3. Do I truly know the Lord, or are He and I mere acquaintances? Jesus has taught that we must know Him intimately and that this comes about only by being obedient to the commands of His Word, Teaching, and Spirit. (John 8:31 & 15:14 // Rom. 8:9,13,14) If we do not know and obey the Lord and His Truth, we will reap Hell. (2 Thes. 1:8,9) If we keep on in sin, we will reap Hell (Mt. 13:41,42 // Heb. 10:26-31), because those who do what is sinful are not unified with Christ’s Spirit but are unified with the devil. (1 John 3:7-10,24) If we continue to avoid doing what we know we are supposed to do, then we sin and will reap Hell. (Luke 6:46-49 // Ja. 4:17) Regardless of our claim to having faith, if we shrink back from living by faith, we will reap Hell. (Heb. 10:35-39 & 11:6) If we have abided in Christ by being His servant, yet we get lazy in our obedience, our holiness, and our communion with Him, then we will reap Hell. (Mt. 24:48-25:46 // John 15:6) If the Lord considers our deeds incomplete, then He considers us disobedient to Him and we will reap Hell. (Rev. 3:1-6,15,16)
4. Am I taking to heart these Scripture verses that are being pointed out to me? I encourage everyone to make the choice to read very, very carefully the warnings I am presenting here and to pay attention to the fact that they are coming straight from God’s Word. I encourage us to not take the verses lightly, but to take them to heart, to sit quietly before the Lord, and to ask Him to reveal to us if we are truly in danger of being rejected on the day we stand knocking on Heaven’s door. Masses believe themselves to be saved, but let us each ask the Lord, in honesty and with a listening heart, if we actually are. For again, as we know, multitudes think they are saved and yet are not. What a terrible day that will be for them!
As we envision ourselves standing ready to be judged by the One who has given commands that we have or have not followed, let’s remember these passages:
a) Luke 13:23-28: When someone asked Jesus if only a few people would be saved, Jesus, who had previously taught that this would indeed be the case (Mt. 7:13,14), revealed that even those who, at Heaven’s gate, would reason with Him that they had listened to His teaching and ate and drank with Him (communed with Him), would be rejected based on –no, not their belief in Him, for they did believe– but on their unrighteous deeds. In that same Luke 13 chapter (v. 1-9) Jesus reveals that the unrighteousness that reaps this rejection is a lack of repentance from sin that includes the refusal to produce the good fruit the Owner desires.
b) Luke 10:10-16: This passage warns us of refusing to hear the message being given by someone whom Christ has truly sent to us. It warns us that in rejecting the warnings of Christ’s servant or evangelist (v. 2,3), we are rejecting Christ (v. 16) and that it will be more bearable on the Day of Judgement for those in Sodom than for those too self-righteous to see their own wickedness –their wickedness of having refused to walk in faithfulness, holiness, and obedience to Christ, His Spirit, and His Word.
Well, those are four questions I encourage us to ask ourselves. I pray that everyone will recognize that God’s Word is warning us that many are, in large part, rebellious toward Him. May it be understood that to serve Christ to some extent while also resisting His full leadership and every command, is a type of mutiny. Let’s all answer ourselves honestly about whether or not we have regularly followed the Lord’s orders in daily life. Let’s be truthful about if, in the overall picture, we have walked in His will for our lives. These self-examining questions and responses are crucial.
Many who claim to be Christians have called themselves “Job” at times. But what about Jonah? He too suffered –not as God’s display of righteousness, but instead due to his rebellion against God’s call and will for him. Maybe we are really a Jonah. If so, we’ve placed ourselves under God’s wrath until we repent.
Let us, therefore, listen to God’s voice. Is He saying to any one of us, “You, ______, have been rebellious against Me.”–? I fear that many people who do hear God say this to them think that such a statement means “somewhat rebellious, but okay” when in actuality it means God’s current grade over that life is “Rebellious”.
If a person repents and walks in God’s will now, they will be accepted. But if a person continues to resist and do their own will, they will be rejected –eternally. May we all grab ahold of wisdom and the fear of God and soberly consider the questions above, what we must answer, and what we intend to do about it.