The Three “Ds”-A Carnal Person

It is possible to come very close to salvation; even to “have one foot in the door,” so to speak. One can be around Christians, act and talk like them, understand some Truth, and still remain lost! Like the spies at Kadesh-Barnea, they partake of some of the fruit, but fail to enter into the Land. Scripture speaks of a man named Demas. In Colossians 4:14, Paul mentions him, “Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas greet you.” Demas companied with Paul and Luke. Yet, when Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy, he lamented, “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world.” (From II Timothy 4:10). The Apostle John spoke of this in I John 2:15, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” Shortly after that, in Verse 19, speaking of those that are not truly saved, John added, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us:.” Paul warned the Roman Church, “For to be carnally minded is death;.” (From Romans 8:6) and “….if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:….” (From Verse 13). Imagine being so close to salvation and still unable to experience it because we love the world so much that there is no room for God! Perhaps this is some of what Philip P. Bliss had in mind in his invitational hymn, “Almost Persuaded.” Hear these sad words, “Almost persuaded, harvest is past! Almost persuaded, doom comes at last! Almost cannot avail; almost is but to fail! Sad. sad, that bitter wail, almost, but lost!” Selah! ‘He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1).   Ron

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