Warnings and encouragements

Posted: January 24, 2012 in christian living
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1Corinthians 6:9-11

The warning:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

The encouragement:
And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Galatians 5:19-25 

The warning:
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

The encouragement:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

Ephesians 5:1-7

The encouragement:
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

The warning:
For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them;

1John 3:6-10 

The warning:
No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.

The encouragement:
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

Hebrews 10:26-33

The warning:
For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.  Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?

The encouragement:
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay;  but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”  But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.

Application:
Do not be deceived because masses of christendom practice unrighteousness while claiming that they will inherit the kingdom of God.  Think on the cross, what Christ has done for you being bruised and forsaken by God for your sin. He became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.  He rose from the dead and offers us a mighty and powerful resurrection life in Him that is lived by faith in and love for Him.  Do not be deceived by church leadership that deceives you with empty words.  There is a narrow gate and a narrow road.

This isn’t a matter of once saved always saved either.  It is a matter of have you been once saved?  See, two people will hear this and their christian lives both look like a failure right now.  One finds a reason to explain away these clear warnings and continue on with the empty form and tradition of their religious life.  They die in their sin and stand condemned at the judgement.  They may have even looked clean on the outside, claimed Jesus was the only way, but their private life tells God a different story.

The other, in humility and brokeness before God hears the voice of Jesus Christ speaking through His word, believes Him and casts themselves on Him.  They want to please Jesus because they love Him.  They know they can’t do it themselves so they cast themselves on Him because they trust that He cares for them and came to save them from the devils work.  Whatever that work is, hyporcisy, lust, greed, pride, living at ease in zion, in lukwearmness, pornography, a heart that doesn’t really  love God above all things including family.  Dont dismay – for this reason Jesus came to earth – to destroy the devils work on your life!  The only way this is bad news is if you enjoy the devils work on your life and want to save your life, in that case you will lose it. 

Isaiah 42:3  a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.

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Comments
  1. fleebabylon says:

    Isaiah 42:3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.

    That verse has been on my heart lately. Those who truly love the Lord, however weak you may be, whatever failure you have caused in your Christian life, know that you belong to God and He is for you. He will bring forth justice in your life and deliver you from the devils works. Be humble and repent though, that is the means of grace.

    If you cant honestly pray for God to change some area in your life because you cherish that secret sin you can ask Him to change your heart so you no longer cherish that sin. If you lack faith to even pray that you can ask God to give you faith. A bruised reed He will not break. He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Believe Him. Believe His word. The kingdom of God is not in talk only, in systematic theology or in religious organizations. It is in power – Christ has raised from the dead and will give you new life too! Not just a more moral life as a more churchy person but He will make you a brand new creation!

  2. fleebabylon says:

    1 John 3 – when read in context of the whole NT is talking about continued, willful sin. This can be through unbelief or outright rebellion. If we confess our sins He is faithful to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrightousness. I did not write this to discourage anyone who is in a battle with sin but to encourage you.

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