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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Veil Over Evangelical Thinking, continued
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. (Revelation 22:11,12)
(We are still referring to Ephesians 5:1-4, from the previous essay.)
What if we ignore the commandments of Christ and His Apostles? What if we keep on in moral filthiness and foolish talking (the two go together because lust makes an individual silly, it destroys stern character). Do you hear foolish talking in your assembling? Many Christians have a hard time refraining from foolish talking!
The question is, can we keep on with fornication, all uncleanness, covetousness, moral filthiness, and foolish talking, and still go to Heaven by grace when we die? Will we hear anything negative at the Judgment Seat of Christ because of such behavior?
Well, will we or won't we? It is time to make up our mind. The coming of the Lord is at hand. How serious was Paul when he wrote these commandments?
For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (Ephesians 5:5)
No immoral, unclean, covetous (greedy) person has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God. What? But but but—
A couple of questions arise.
Is Paul talking to Christians? Of course he is. Otherwise he would be implying that if the unsaved ceased their moral filthiness and greediness they would inherit the Kingdom of God. Of course Paul is speaking to the saints in Ephesus.
Will a believer in Christ be barred from the Kingdom of Christ and God if he or she continues in sin? Of course! This is what the Word of God states, unless Paul was not speaking by the Spirit of God.
If I am barred from the Kingdom of Christ and of God can I still go to Heaven and live in a mansion?
The New Testament does not talk about living forever in Heaven in a mansion. This is something we made up. The New Testament, beginning with the four Gospels, is speaking of the coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth. The stuff about mansions in Heaven although traditional actually is mythology. (When you pick yourself up off the floor you may continue.)
There is a Heaven and there is a Hell. But the New Testament is not about escaping Hell and living in Heaven, it is about passing from spiritual death to spiritual life and entering the Kingdom of God.
Our eternal destiny is to be part of the royal priesthood, to have fellowship with Christ, to rule the saved nations of the earth.
You and I will be barred from eternal life, from the royal priesthood, from fellowship with Christ, and from the thrones that will govern the saved nations of the earth, if we do not become new creatures of righteous behavior.
Perhaps God has winked at the foolish, mythologic doctrines of the past. I don't know. I do know that in spite of the "faith alone" and "dispensation of grace" doctrines many fine Christians have come forth. But they have done so in spite of the doctrine not because of it.
What fruit would have been produced during the Church Era if people had obeyed Christ and His Apostles!
The past is past. What has been done has been done.
Now we are in the time of the maturing of the wheat and the tares. Christ will come to unprecedented fullness in the righteous. Antichrist will come to unprecedented fullness in the wicked.
There no longer will be a place in the middle. The lukewarm will be vomited from the mouth of Christ.
The holy will become exceedingly holy. The filthy will become exceedingly filthy.
The way of the Lord will be made straight.
Choose this day whom you will serve.
A one-liner for you: The blood of Christ does not keep on covering the known sin we keep on practicing.