Rebels in the Ranks of the Redeemed

Where the idea came from that one can be a Christian without being a disciple, I can only guess. I doubt that my guess would miss the mark! One who has received Jesus as Savior and Lord may be a beginning disciple or a maturing disciple. However, a disciple is what he or she shall be! Obedience is not optional! It may take awhile to understand the obligations and it may involve considerable training, disciplining and correction, but it will move in that direction. Those who claim Christ and salvation and refuse or neglect to obey and apply His Word may be rebels in the ranks of the redeemed. God gives commands, not just suggestions. Disobedience is rebellion! I’m not discussing a forced obedience (obey or else). I’m thinking of a loving, trusting, willing obedience because of what He means to us. We may look, act and talk like a believer without being one. An incomplete explanation of the implications of receiving salvation may be producing a crop of “tares.” Some of those “tares’ may assume they are “wheat,” when they really are “tares.” Jesus spoke about these “tares” in Matthew 13:24-30: “….The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” It would be a profound shock to one who thought he was “wheat” to discover that he is a “tare!” And that mistake has eternal consequences! Hence, Peter’s admonition in II Peter 1:10: “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” Selah! When we evangelize, we need to thoroughly explain how “wheat” is different from “tares.”    Ron

(Note: Hymn quote will return tomorrow, God willing).

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One thought on “Rebels in the Ranks of the Redeemed

  1. Oh so true. In my opinion, you explained it perfectly. Obedience is not an option and God’s commands are not suggestions. This is very important to understand and embrace.

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