The Daily Word of Righteousness

Doing Away With Sin, #7

In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. (Daniel 2:44—NIV)

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever." (Revelation 11:15—NIV)

Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so men may bring you the wealth of the nations—their kings led in triumphal procession. (Isaiah 60:11—NIV)

The Church is the Kingdom of God that shall govern the saved nations of the earth, as we see above.

The purifying of the Church, of the Kingdom of God, will take place at the end of the age. The purifying will be accomplished by God's messengers, whether angelic or human.

Today the Lord is helping us get rid of the sins that the Holy Spirit points out to us. The purifying has begun and we are to confess our sins to God that He may forgive and cleanse us. It is a judgment against sin, against Satan, and we go free provided we denounce and renounce the sins that have been pinpointed, resolving never again, with the Lord's help, to practice them.

We must be terribly resolute about our renunciation of our sins, for our deliverance depends on our determination to get rid of them. If there is any double-mindedness in us we cannot be delivered. We absolutely must make up our mind that we want nothing to do with the unclean works of darkness.

If we do not vigorously turn away from the sins that have been revealed to us, then we ourselves will be cast into the fire. The Lake of Fire retains authority over sin. God shields us from the Lake of Fire as long as we are cooperating with the Holy Spirit in the work of the removal of our sins. But if we do not cooperate with the Holy Spirit in the work of the removal of our sins, then the Lake of Fire will claim us for its own.

Unless we as a Christian overcome, through the Spirit of God, the works over which the Lake of Fire retains jurisdiction, we will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

Consider the following verse:

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death. (Revelation 2:11—NIV)

"Will not be hurt at all by the second death." The above is addressed to believers.

Now let me emphasize the relationship between overcoming and the Lake of Fire.

He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Revelation 21:7,8—NIV)

Look carefully at the word "But." This word provides the link between the two verses.

The victorious saint will inherit all that God has shown us concerning the new world to come. God will be his God and he will be God's son.

But . . . but . . . but. But those who do not overcome, that is, the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, and so forth, will find themselves in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

To be continued.