“The Saddest Words?”

Posted: January 1, 2019 in Bible Prophecy, Lordship Salvation, Salvation, Tribulation

Try to imagine how you might feel if, after working hard your whole life to do what was right in your own eyes, you discovered that all of it was in vain and you lost everything you were hoping to gain. (See Judges 21:25; Proverbs 14:12). What does it mean to “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2)?

Consider what is going to happen to a group of people who prophesied in Jesus’ name, who cast out demons, and who did many wonders in His name. Jesus will say to them on judgment day, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21-23; 10:1; 2 Thessalonians 2:9). Where will false prophets and teachers spend eternity (Jude 1:13)?

Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24, 25). In this speech, just before He went to the cross, Jesus talked about the Tribulation (7 years), His second coming (not the Rapture), and the Judgment of the sheep (believers) and goats (unbelievers) that will follow His return. He told them what He is going to say to those on his left hand (goats – unbelievers), “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Why? “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it [i. e. good works] not to one of these [My brethren – the 144,000 Jewish evangelists], you did not do it to Me” (Matthew 25:41-46; See Revelation 7:4-8).

Good Works. The good works that these people did (feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, taking in the stranger, and clothing the naked among the 144,000 witnesses) during the Tribulation were the outward evidences (See James 2:18-20; Ephesians 2:10) that they had believed in Christ and the Gospel message concerning His coming kingdom that had been postponed because of the unbelief of most of the Jewish people in Christ’s days on earth (See Matthew 16:20 ff; 23:37-39; 24:14; John 1:11, 12). No one is ever saved by his/her good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Welfare King. The Jews wanted someone who would heal the sick, feed the hungry, and raise the dead (John 5:1-18; 6:1-15; 11:43, 44). They wanted a political Messiah who would deliver them out from under Rome’s heel. But they weren’t interested in a Savior from sin (See John 1:29; 6:66). This is the basic problem that most of the Jews (and non-Jews) have today too. Today the Jews have a judicial blindness that God alone can remove when the Gospel has been presented to them (Romans 11:25; See 1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4). Don’t let their spiritual blindness keep you from sharing the same Gospel with them as you would to non-Jewish unbelievers (Romans 1:16, 17). Some Jews believe that Jesus was a good Rabbi, but not God manifested in human flesh (John 1:1-18; 5:18; 10:30, 31). In order for a Jew to be saved today, he/she must believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ who died for his/her sins…and who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Romans 1:16, 17; 10:9; John 5:18; 10:30; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). They aren’t saved by their good works or by keeping the Mosaic Law with its 600 plus commandments found in Exodus through Deuteronomy (See Romans 4:1-16; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Social Gospel. The “Red Letter Christians” and other false teachers twist the Great Commission and the Gospel (Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 15:3 4) and add good works to God’s simple plan of salvation. Their message goes something like this: “Go ye into all the world and feed the hungry, clothe the naked, build homes for the poor and care for the sick, become politically and socially active in order to eliminate the great social problems of our day and to impose Biblical standards upon society. Change the world for Christ by bringing lost people to church.” [1] These misguided people have the mistaken idea that they can/must convert the people of the world to Christ first so they can usher in His kingdom on earth. They tend to believe that the world is somehow going to get better and better through their efforts. This “Post-millennial” view of Christ’s return is not taught in the Scriptures. The conditions and the people on the earth are going from bad to worse (1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff). The darkness will turn to light after Christ subdues His enemies (Psalm 2:9) and sets up His literal, millennial kingdom on/over this earth (Isaiah 2:4; 9:6, 7; 11:1 ff; 35:1 ff; 42:16; Daniel 2:44, 45; Revelation 20:1-7).

Gospel. Do you really know the unadulterated Gospel that leads to salvation? Could you share it with others in 25 words [2]? Are you confusing the conditions for spiritual growth with the conditions for salvation [3]? Are you “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2)? You are if you are adding or subtracting from the Gospel or changing it (See 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 13-15). Did you know that it is possible for a person to know and believe the facts of the Gospel and still not be saved (James 2:19)? Not until someone transfers his/her faith and trust over the the Lord Jesus Christ alone through the message of the Gospel is he/she truly saved. Our faith must rest in the Christ of the Scriptures, not in the Christ of the cults.

Assurance. Are you 100% sure you’re saved and that you will go to heaven the moment you die or do you believe that you have to go through Purgatory first? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? Do you know that it is possible for you to know for sure that you’re headed for heaven? (See 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)

Uncertain? If you have doubts about your salvation they could be coming from the devil, or because you’re a carnal Christian, or maybe because you’re not really saved. Please make sure (2 Peter 1:10). “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)?

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[1] George Zeller, What The Great Commission Is Not: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/mevangel/greatcom.htm

[2] Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?”  https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

[3] Dr. Manfred Kober Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or a False Doctrine? Parts 1, 2

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2010/07/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or.html

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2010/07/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or_14.html

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