Dead Certain, and Certainly Dead

Posted: June 13, 2012 in Uncategorized
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There is nothing in the Bible to suggest that intellectually agreeing with the facts about Jesus will get you into heaven. The Bible speaks of the work that the Holy Spirit does of regeneration. Our hearts are inclined to sin, and without the Spirit of God illuminating our understanding, we would never turn to God. But once God does the work of regeneration in us, we must be converted. Peter said, “Repent and be converted.”

When I travel to the bush country of Mali, the villagers all initially tell me that they are Muslims. But they are not, really. They are basically still traditional spiritists with superstitious beliefs passed on through generations. When I was in the south of Nigeria a couple of years ago, everyone claimed to be a Christian, but they weren’t. And so it often is in America. So many say they are believers and that they will go to heaven.

But Jesus said that on the day of accounting before Him, “Many will say to me, Lord, Lord, did we not… do this or do that in Your name.” And Jesus said, ‘I will respond and say depart from me, I never knew you.” How can so many be dead certain that they are saved and headed for eternal glory with God in heaven, and yet by the words of Christ still be certainly dead?

There is a parable where Jesus compares conversion to discovering a treasure in a field, going into town and selling everything and buying that field to have the treasure. Maybe we should stop and ask, “Is Jesus Christ my most precious treasure for which I have given up everything?” If not, can I truly claim to be His follower?

  1. Whew! We need to all know the Son and be known of Him…..more important than any service we might do!!!!

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