Weekend Devotion: The Great Falling Away, What is the Gospel, The Prodigal, and Salvation. Looking at the words of Jesus (He is perfect theology).
I have been thinking about prodigals and those who do not know God. I have also been thinking of those who believe they know God, yet what they have is religion not relationship. I started thinking about all the people told to simply pray a prayer to be saved (Jesus never did this) or told baptism and church membership saves them, and then live independently of God. When facing God, some will have an interesting awakening.
The revelation will come that God is better than anything created and the words, “Depart from Me I never knew you,” will sting.
How could a loving God reject someone?
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. The choice is set before everyone-choose life, choose the Son, follow Him, do what He says. God extends the invitation, mankind rejects God.
I personally do not believe in once saved always saved. Why? I find scriptures that speak of those who fall away (Matthew 24:8-9), those who turn their backs on God, those who practice lawlessness and do not care for others being cast into the darkness (Matthew 7:21-23, Matthew 25:31-46).
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day [when I judge them], ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, and driven out demons in Your name, and done many miracles in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them publicly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me [you are banished from My presence], you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].’~Jesus (Matthew 7:21-23).
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he who endures until the end shall be saved~Matthew 24:12-13.
And the longest passage comes from Matthew 25:31-46.
There is such a burning in my heart for every person to have a personal awakening and relationship with God.
The Role of the Disciples of Jesus
The Church is to reveal to the world the heart, nature, compassion, and goodness of God.
Jesus revealed the Father and the world came to know God.
The prodigal had to come to his senses. He thought what the world had to offer was better than the Father. He was wrong.
The prodigal traded royalty for a pit. He gave up paradise for something far beneath his destiny.
The devil works overtime to convince people life on earth is all there is. He shouts, “Live it up,” knowing life independent from God leads to destruction.
The Spirit of This Age
The spirit of this age blinds people to the truth of who God is, how good God is, and offers temporary pleasures that never, ever satisfy. They leave people empty, broken, wounded, confused and on a death march to hell with the devil.
Even the spirit of religion blinds people to the truth of the Gospel.
The Gospel is…
- God so loves the entire world (every people group, both genders, every ethnicity).
- There is no racism or sexism or hierarchy of people/genders in God’s heart (1 John 4:8, Revelation 5:9).
- God empowers both men and women to have dominion on earth and do the works of Jesus (Genesis 1:28, Galations 3:28).
- God so loved the world He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins (John 3:16).
- Sin leads to death (Romans 6:23). The death penalty was on us all (Romans 5).
- Jesus paid for all sin on that rugged cross. So whosoever shall believe on Him and follow Him will be saved (John 3:16). Jesus invited people to follow Him (relationship).
- He (Jesus) was born of a virgin, died for all sin, and was resurrected on the third day with all power in His hands (Matthew 1:18, 1 Peter 3:18, 1 Corinthians 15:4, Matthew 28).
- The same power that raised Jesus from the dead came on believers at Pentecost (Acts 2). It is available to every born again believer (Acts 1:8).
- Repentance (changing our mind about sin), accepting Jesus by faith and making Him Lord creates radical transformation in our lives.
- The old is passed away and the new comes (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- As far as the east is from the west, that’s how far our transgressions are removed from us (Psalm 103:12).
- We are crucified with Christ and it is no longer we who live, it is Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2:20).
My continual question on the street, in the market place, even at church is, “Do you know (have personal, intimate relationship) with Jesus?”
Papa help us to know you, really know you. I pray for any person reading this devotion to have an encounter with you. I ask for radical encounters of your love, peace, joy, and wisdom. I pray for any not following Jesus to have a heart that turns to you. Let not one perish. Every spiritual scale fall off their eyes. Every bondage be broken. Every lie be seized. Holy Spirit of truth come and saturate us all. Come Lord Jesus and reveal yourself to each one. Breathe on us. In Jesus powerful name. Amen.