Scary Words

Presumption is dangerous, especially in relation to Spiritual matters. However, there is a basis for a very blessed assurance. It is presumption for a person to think that he or she is saved because they agreed with a set of Biblical facts and yet have not experienced a corresponding change in their lives. Jesus said, in Matthew 7:21, "Not every one that sayeth unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who doeth the will of My Father, Who is in Heaven." He is further quoted in Luke 6:46 as asking this sobering question, "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" No wonder we are instructed to "…..give diligence to make our calling and election sure…."   (From II Peter 1:10). In the opening verses of this chapter, Peter, writing under inspiration, gives us what amounts to evidence that our calling and election is sure. When our lives are growing in the virtues listed in Verses 5-8, we have a basis for assurance. Spiritual fruit is inevitable when there has been a genuine conversion. It may be in varying amounts or in slower development but fruit there will be! Romans 10:10 informs us that "…with the heart man believeth unto righteousness."  Ephesians 2 reinforces this Truth, in verse 10, with this excerpt: "created…unto good works."  It is believed by too many people that you have to do good to be saved, when the reality is that when you are saved you will do good. Let's not get the cart before the horse! Selah! How scary is the possibility that you could go through a big part of your life assuming you are saved and end up lost because there is no evidence that you submitted to His Lordship?!   Ron

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