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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Ark of His Covenant, continued
Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. (I John 3:6,7)
There may have been numerous Christians in the church in Sardis because it had the reputation of being alive, that is, it was growing in numbers. However, only a few of the believers were ready to govern with Christ.
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. (Revelation 3:4)
It is those who suffer patiently with Him who shall reign with Him.
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: (II Timothy 2:12)
The Word of God is our only reliable source of truth concerning our eternal destiny. We Christians have many traditions. We absolutely must, in the present hour, return to a careful study of the written Word and determine whether or not our hope is solidly founded in the Scriptures or is a fable.
The hope of a pre-tribulation "rapture" that will carry all believers into Paradise so they will not suffer under Antichrist or during the great tribulation is definitely not found in the Scriptures. It is a fable.
The hope that Gentile Christians will rule in Heaven while Jewish believers install God's Kingdom on the earth is definitely not found in the Scriptures. It is a fable.
The hope that no believer in Christ will experience evil at the Judgment Seat of Christ is definitely not according to the Scriptures. It is a fable.
The hope that God does not see our sinful behavior because we are covered with the righteousness of Christ is a true hope only as long as we are pressing forward in the light of God's will. The moment we cease offering our body a living sacrifice and begin to look back toward the pleasures of the world, in that moment the Divine judgment rebukes and chastens us and leads us to repentance so we will not be condemned with the world. If we then persist in sin we are close to the fire of God's anger. The teaching that the question of righteous and holy behavior does not arise after we receive Christ, and that there is no penalty if a Christian does not serve God, is a fable.
But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. (Ezekiel 18:21,22)
"All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him."
But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to All the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. (Ezekiel 18:24)
"All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned."
To be continued.