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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The "Singles" Group, #7
As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; (Matthew 13:40,41)
Notice that the tares are gathered out of Christ's Kingdom, implying that at one time they had considered themselves to be part of the Kingdom of God. Notice also the tares are not those who did not believe the correct theology or make the correct profession of faith in Christ. The tares are those who "do iniquity," who behave wickedly. Without doubt, numerous individuals who attend evangelical churches will be removed from the Kingdom of God in the Day of the Lord even though their pastors have comforted them with the thought that if they profess faith in Christ they never can be lost to the purposes of God.
"Thou shalt not surely die" was spoken in the beginning by the serpent. "Thou shalt not surely die" is being spoken today by the serpent to numerous evangelical pastors and their followers. "Even though the Scriptures command you to practice righteousness, holiness, and stern obedience to the Father, you shall not surely die if you do not do what the Word commands because you are saved by grace." So goes the current teaching and preaching.
The wheat of the Lord consists of those who are married to the Lord Jesus Christ. The tares are the wicked of the earth. Those who are in the "middle," so to speak, the "church Christians" and the casual, will have to make their decision whether to be married to Jesus or to become a tare. There are multitudes in the valley of decision as the Day of the Lord draws near.
In the present hour the wheat and the tares are growing side by side. They will continue to do so until the Day of Judgment arrives.
In the Day of the Lord the messengers of Christ will go forth and separate from the Kingdom of God all who are not truly married to the Lord Jesus. There will be a clear division between those who truly belong to Jesus, who are living in and by Him, and those who bear Christ's name but who do not live in and by Him. These are the "believers" who are called by the name of Christ but who eat their own food and wear their own clothes.
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather from his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity [lawlessness]; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Matthew 13:41-43)
Many factors are operating today that are designed to remove the tares from the wheat, the "singles" from those who are married to the Lord. The Lord is speaking to His true Bride to arise and put on her beautiful garments of righteousness and praise. The Bride is being chastened by the Lord and commanded to fight the good fight of faith.
To be continued.