Tuesday, January 10, 2012

“Just because they believe differently they are going to hell?”

As I read Genesis 17 today the first thing that jumped out to me was that God told Abram that He is Almighty God and he, Abram, shall walk blameless before Him.

Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.

God being the same yesterday, today and forever; expects the same thing from us. God the Father draws us to His Son, the Holy Spirit convicts us on sin, righteousness, and Judgment, and we either receive Him or reject Him. If we receive Him, we now know who He is, He has made us aware through His Spirit. He basically "introduces" Himself; then He expects us to walk blameless. Don't misunderstand, this doesn’t mean we will be perfect, but He expects us to walk in the Spirit and put to death the deeds of the body. He expects us to war against the flesh; and anyone who seeks first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness will be walking blameless, covered in the Blood of Christ because of our faith in Him and our willingness to repent, showing ourselves to be His disciple.

John 16:8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

1Thessalonians 5:14-23 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Peter 2:11  Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

Colossians 1:13-14 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

As we continue on in chapter 17 we see that circumcision of the flesh was symbolic of the covenant between Abram (now Abraham) and all Abraham's decedents. The covenant was to be everlasting. The problem is, the descendants of Abraham broke to covenant because they chased after idols. Now the circumcision of the flesh amounts to nothing, but only the circumcision of the heart is of value:

Galatians 3:5-7  Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 6 just as Abraham "BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS." 7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.

Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

Galatians 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

So then, it is through faith we are decedents of Abraham.

Now there is a New Covenant,

1Corinthians 11:25  In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

2Corinthians 3:6  who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Hebrews 8:13  In that He says, "A NEW COVENANT," He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

but it has not been given to all to understand:

Matthew 13:11 He answered and said to them, "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

Notice how Jesus explains one of the parables in Matthew 13. It seems very clear that there is one of four responses to the Good News of the New Covenant:
1)    A person receives the Word, but does not understand and the devil removes what seed has been planted
2)    Tribulation and persecution because of the Word causes a person to fall away
3)    The cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches chokes out the Word
4)    A person receives the Word and is born-again

Matthew 13:18-23 "Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 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. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 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. 22 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. 23 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."

Although there seems to be one of four responses to the Good News, only one of these four saves. If we are not redeemed, if we are not born-again that means; in the eyes of God, we are still wicked. Jesus, Himself, said at the end of the age His Holy Angels will separate the wicked from the just and only those who have repented and put their faith in Jesus Christ are justified in His site. This is tough to get our mind around. We may think things like, “just because they believe differently they are going to hell?” Answer: “No, they are going to hell because their sin has not been redeemed in the Blood of Christ.” Jesus says, “Come”, but many would rather do their own thing and run the eternal risk of being separated out with the rest of the wicked:

Matthew 13:49-50 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, 50 and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth."

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