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"At Journey's End, What Then" | Print |  E-mail

 

Pastor/Teacher Roger Redmond

February 5, 2017

 

2 Cor. 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

2Co 5:11  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

The journey of mankind does not end at death but rather at the judgment.  You should know that there are two judgments, the Great White Throne (GWT) and the Judgment Seat of Christ (JSOC).  One is for the people who died without Eternal Life,(GWT Judgment, Rev. 20:11-15) and The Judgment Seat of Christ for the saved, 1 Cor. 5 10. The GWT Judgment takes place approximately one thousand (1,000) years after the Judgment Seat of Christ.

The Bible teaches that man is trichotomous, three (3) parts, spirit, soul and body, 1Th 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Also, For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb. 4:12

One Salvation with three saving parts: Spirit, Soul (Life), Body

The Salvation of God affects all three (3) parts of man = spirit, soul and body.  There are three (3)   tenses of this salvation Past, Present, and Future.

1.  Past Tense, The Salvation of the Spirit, John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. I have been saved!  1 Cor. 5:14  For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: Salvation of the spirit, being born again is at a past point in time when you believed on Christ alone for Salvation.  It is eternal, forever.  This Faith alone in Christ Alone gives you a place in heaven.  It cannot be forfeited, lost or taken away.  You have been born into the Family of God.  Romans 8:10, Romans 8:16. This determines where you spend eternity.

2.  Present Tense, The Saving of the Soul, (Life) I am being Saved.  This is where discipleship comes in.  This impacts your eternal rewards.  This is about the life we are living now, Gal. 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. This is about sanctification, becoming more like Christ in the experience of life.  In the realm of the mind, emotions, and the will.   Our spirit is already sanctified positionally in Christ; therefore, we can be overcomers in this our life.

3.  Future Tense, The Saving of the Body, I will be saved, The redemption of the body. Ephesians 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. At the coming of Christ for the Church, His Body, we will get a new body, "We shall all be changed" .  The "all" being the saved.

The Scripture is clear that Salvation  is by Grace and not by Works

Most Bible teaching never distinguishes between the Salvation of the spirit and the Saving of your life.  The Salvation of the spirit is being born again / believing on Christ for Eternal Life.  It is that which gives you a Home in Heaven, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  Eph. 2:8-9

The Saving of your life involves works.  Our works are on review at the Judgment seat of Christ.  Works will impact our rewards. If the two salvations are not separated, it leads to confusion and misunderstanding in the Church.  Remember the judgments are separated by more than one thousand years.  And they are for two different groups of people: the Saved and Unsaved.  The saved, For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 2 Cor. 5:10. The unsaved, Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Rev 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Our life of Accountability, the Saving of our Life (Soul)

The Salvation of our soul is a present work, Jas 1:21  Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

1Pe 2:11  Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Very strong proof here that soul is you life, for man is not saved by works!  If you are saved by abstaining from fleshly lust, then to have Eternal life would be by works.  See Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. ( A breathing creation).

In Matthew 16:25&26, the word "life" and the word "soul" are the same word in the greek "psuche".  Soul refers to your own self, Isa. 53:10. The seat of will and purpose, Ephesians 6:6 (translated heart ) Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; Why does the KJV interchange the words?  That you might understand the truth.   You can see the context of scripture that works for Christ or lack of works for Christ is the subject.   Therefore,  works are not for salvation!  Works are for review at the Judgment Seat of Christ and they impact rewards.  So the word "soul" and "life" are referring to self and can be interchanged.  And in the context of these verses for the believer in Christ, it is for loss or gains at the JSOC.  Soul and spirit are closely aligned and only the Word of God can separate them.

"The language of Heb 4:12 suggests the extreme difficulty of distinguishing between the soul and the spirit, alike in their nature and in their activities. Generally speaking, the spirit is the higher, the soul the lower element. The spirit may be recognized as the life principle bestowed on man by God, the soul as the resulting life constituted in the individual, the body being the material organism animated by soul and spirit...."

(from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

Spirit is God conscience and Soul is man conscience!

We are unable to see the difference between the spirit, soul, and body but God can.  To us salvation is seen as a whole, we are in Christ, 1 Cor. 1:30, But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: But the Word of God divides the Spirit, Soul and Body and we need to know what God has instructed us to do, Heb. 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Salvation of the Soul, The Saving of the life is not Automatic

Jesus challenges His disciples about their life, Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Matthew 16:24-27

One loses soul at the Judgment Seat of Christ by saving it now! By refusing to deny self and taking up his cross and following Christ.  Instead, he caters to self, avoids hardships, pays lip service to follow Christ not counting the cost of being a discipleship.

Losing one's souls has nothing to do with eternal condemnation.  We established through the Word of God that we are saved, have a home in heaven, by grace and not by works.

Denying Self

To follow Christ you must renounce self.  We often have a high and lofty opinion of our self.  the love of self manifests itself in contentious verbal exchanges, clamor, slander etc.

What is the source of contentions, Pro 13:10  Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. Jas 4:1  From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Jas 3:14 -16 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

What a tragedy to forfeit rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ (JSOC) because you could not conquer self when it is possible to have victory.  We have been sanctified positionally in our sprit by the Holy Spirit, 1Co 6:20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. He lives within us providing everything necessary for us to partake of.    According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:3-4

The loss of our life at the JSOC  is an eternal loss.  In this life which is like a vapor, we live for things that matter least, neglecting things that matter most; living for the temporal neglecting the eternal.  At the JSOC we have nothing to give in exchange for our soul: we lost it living for self in this life.

Will the gain now be worth the loss then:  Matthew 10:39, 16:25; Mark 8:35, Luke 9:24, 17:33.

We can experience our positional sanctification in our everyday life by depending on the Holy Spirit to live Christ-like.

 

 
Spoken to us by His Son | Print |  E-mail

 

2 Chronicles 30: 15-21

Hebrews 1:1-3

Pastor/ Teacher Roger Redmond

We have the record of God's Word both old and new testament.  In reading the account of the Children of Israel,  one must remember they did not have the New Testament.  They had the promise of the coming of Christ; the New Testament was in the Old Testament concealed.  God was leading them and teaching them about the coming of The Lamb of God. Hebrews 8:1-5  i.e. 5-6 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.KJV

See the Gospel in the Old Testament.

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Hebrews 1:1-2.  "Sundry Times" means "In many parts or many portions"  All was not revealed for writing to one prophet but the revelation was given to each prophet.  As you read through the Old Testament you find through the prophets many parts to the Gospel of Christ being taught.  For example, in Jonah, you see the burial and resurrection of Christ.  In Micah the place of His Birth.  In Isaiah, you see the Vicarious Death of Christ.  In Daniel, you see the time of His coming.  In each one, you can find the character of God and the purpose of God revealed.  As you read the account of the Children of Israel put the Gospel in the mix of your reading and you can see what God is teaching them.

God wants to be believed and if anyone is to receive from Him: He must be believed.

The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread teaches us that Christ put away our sin, Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1Co 5:7-8

as ye are unleavened. Leaven speaks of sin - the only way you can be unleavened is to be in Christ because He took your sin.  This is not the daily cleansing of your life.  To fully understand this Bible doctrine you must understand what Jesus was teaching in John 13 and the Bible doctrine of confession of sin in 1 John 1:9-2:2.

The Reasonableness of God, Isaiah 1:18. This means you can present your case and He presents the grounds on which you can be forgiven.  30:15 Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second month: and the priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt offerings into the house of the LORD.

The Passover Lamb was to be killed on the 14 th day of the first month but here is saying the second month.  Why?  God had made an exception  Numbers 9:6-11 And there were certain men, who were defiled by the by the dead body of a man, that they could not keep the passover on that day: and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day: Num 9:7  And those men said unto him, We are defiled by the dead body of a man: wherefore are we kept back, that we may not offer an offering of the LORD in his appointed season among the children of Israel? Num 9:8  And Moses said unto them, Stand still, and I will hear what the LORD will command concerning you. Num 9:9  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Num 9:10  Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the passover unto the LORD. Num 9:11  The fourteenth day of the second month at even they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

1. The Passover had not been kept for a long time and Hezekiah wanted the Passover to be kept, 30:1

2. It could not be done in the first month because the people were not ready, 30:2-3

3. The letter on invitation went out 30:4-10, i.e. verse 8  Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.

4. All did not heed and mocked the invitation, 30:10b.

5. But a great many did, 30:11-14 -  i.e.14 And they arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for incense took they away, and cast them into the brook Kidron.

They came to the LORD and ate the Passover even being not cleansed, 30:18b-20 had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD pardon every one That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary. And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.

Spiritual Healing and Cleansing is in Christ and Christ alone.

Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Hebrews 1:2-3.  The Last days: the last period of the World

"There had been the patriarchal period, the period under the Law, the prophets, etc., and This was the period during which God’s “last” method of communication would be enjoyed, and under which the world would close. It might be a very long period, but it would be the “last” one; and so far as the meaning of the phrase is concerned, it might be the longest period or longer than all the others put together, but still it would be the “last” one." copied from Barnes on e-sword.

What Has God communicated to us in Christ,

His Love, 1Jn 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  The Gospel was in the mind of God before the World began, Titus 1:2,2 Timothy 1:9. Propitiation means  The expiatory work of the Cross is, therefore, the means whereby the barrier which sin interposes between God and man is broken down. By the giving up of His sinless life sacrificially, Christ annuls the power of sin to separate between God and the believer.(from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.) PROPITIATION

It means that Christ paid for our sin and His payment is accepted.

We are included in Christ work,1 Cor. 1:30

Rom 16:25  Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Rom 16:26  But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

Hezekiah prayed for them and God harkened to his prayer.  Christ prayed for you and me in John 17:1-26, i.e 17:8 " For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me."

 

 
"Your Debt of Gratitude | Print |  E-mail

 

2 Corinthians 5:15

Pastor/Teacher Roger Redmond

February 1, 2017

 

Good credit is a very valuable asset.  It is based on one's payment history of debts and I think all of us do our best to pay our debts.   Most of the time our debt is created for our benefit, in other words, we benefit from going into debt.

Definition of debt taken from Definitions.com:
something, typically money, that is owed or due.

"I paid off my debts"

synonyms:

billaccount, dues, arrears, charges;

the state of owing money.

"the firm is heavily in debt"

synonyms:

owing money, in arrears, behind with payments, overdrawn, overleveraged;

a feeling of gratitude for a service or favor.

"we owe them a debt of thanks"

synonyms:

indebtednessobligation;

 

We all owe a debt of gratitude to many people that Christ has sent into our life.

There are people I owe a debt of gratitude and I am eternally to these I mention and the many not mention here:  Dr Thames at Santa Rosa County Hospital:  Our youngest Autumn was born while we lived in Milton, Fla. We had no insurance and he so graciously said, you don't owe me anything, the bill is marked paid.  I owe him a debt of gratitude because it is a debt I can never repay.  I owe my Dad and Mom a debt of gratitude.  While in school studying for the ministry, they sacrifice to help me above and beyond their means.  I remember Mr. Nelson sitting behind me one night in Church who offered me a 100.00, which I needed for my school bill.  I owe him a debt of gratitude.  I owe Dr. E.W. Johnston a debt of gratitude for his obedience to Christ in traveling and preaching the gospel. I owe a debt of gratitude to the ones who prayed for me.  I owe Carl and Betty Souther a debt of gratitude for their friendship and sacrifice in moving us to Tennessee Temple.  They stayed several days till we were able to finally move in Holly Hall.   I owe a debt of gratitude to the Security Officer who stopped that Christmas morning and helped us get gas and get home.  I owe David Zacharias  a debt of gratitude for his kindness and help the night my car had left me stranded in Ashland Ohio. He went beyond the call duty.    So many acts of kindness by so many I can't list them all but each one is remembered.

There have been a few along the way that we helped in the name of Christ and not near as many as those who helped us.  I remember Ms.  Brown, who wrote for years to thank me for her salvation and to apologize for how she treated me; the day I stopped to visit her.  There is Patsy Davenport receiving Christ as her Saviour on a Saturday and the next day she and her four sisters were ready to ride the church bus to Sunday School.  I have never forgotten that event and then one Sunday Morning later she went forward and confessed Christ as her Saviour and was baptized.  In 1968, Jay was born at Erlanger and Margie was in a room with Sandra Brown who also gave birth to her baby.  Margie shared the gospel with her and she trusted Christ as her Saviour.  We never saw her again but later ( I don't know how long ) she wrote us about that experience of Salvation.  I remember this lines in her letter, " I feel so clean on the inside and I went and was baptized again" .

We owe a debt of gratitude to Christ

Sin is a debt that requires a payment and the payment for that sin is death, "For the wages of sin is death....." Romans 6:23.  From the beginning, this is seen as a truth of God's Word, Genesis 3:21  Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.  By some means you have to die for your sins! That is the truth which is laid out for us in 2 Cor. 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one, then were died for all all dead:

We have nothing in which to pay for our sin, Isa 64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

There is no price established for mankind that he might pay, Isa 55:1  Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Eternal life is the gift of God, Romans 6:23. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life..."

It is"... through Jesus Christ our Lord." When Christ died on the cross you (all) are included in His finished work, John 3:16, Isaiah 53:4-6

If One did not die for all then all are not dead

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then

were all dead: 2 Cor. 5:14

When Paul saw that "One died for all then all are dead", he understood there was no goodness in him that demanded such love. It was the great character of our LORD and Saviour that gave such love.  Paul understood that Christ was his Saviour and that He died for him and in Christ's death is salvation.

"If One(Christ)did not die for all (mankind) then all are not dead ." In the death of Christ God, the Father included all of mankind in the work of Christ, 1 Cor. 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

In Christ dying on the cross, He died for all the world and thus His death counted as your death which death is demanded as payment for your sin. 1Pe_2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

What is God's purpose for those who have believed

That we no longer live for oourself "And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves,......" Only those who are saved have benefited from His death!  Those who have been made alive by the quickening power of the N.B.  In short anyone who trusted Him as their Saviour, Eph. 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Joh_11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Joh_14:19  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

Gal_2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

How should one live

As always  the answer is found in His Word, read it carefully: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.2 Cor. 5:15

Have you benefited from the death of Christ? If so, who are you living for?   Only two possible answers: you are either living for self or living for Christ.

 

 

 
"Disqualified by Self" | Print |  E-mail

Discipleship

1/08/2017

Pastor/Teacher Roger Redmond

Who is a disciple of Christ?

“A disciple of Jesus is a worshiper, a servant, and a witness.” A disciple of Christ is one who follows Him as in a singular commitment.   Christ said to Peter "Follow thou me". Since Christ is the teacher, The Son of God, He gave the prerequisite for being a disciple, So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:34.

Being a disciple of Christ is center in the word "forsaketh"

Jesus said, Luk_14:33  So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple."Forsaketh (ἀποτάσσεται). Bids good-by to. Rev., renounceth"

Vincent, M. R. (1887). Word studies in the New Testament (Vol. 1, p. 383). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

“In that forsaketh lies the key to the whole passage” (Trench). "Christian discipleship is founded in self-renunciation."

Vincent, M. R. (1887). Word studies in the New Testament (Vol. 1, p. 383). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

Jesus said, "....he cannot be my disciple."

Rejected by Christ because you were disqualified by your Choice

Freedom of Choice is seen in discipleship as well as in salvation.  Jesus said, "....he cannot be my disciple" but the rejection is based on their choice.  Unless you renounce yourself and take up your cross and follow Him you cannot be His disciple.

Why will a person die without Christ and in the end be at the Great White Throne Judgment (GWT)?  Is it because Christ rejected them?  The answer is no! A person will die without Christ and in the end stand at the GWT judgment because they rejected Christ (John 1:11-12). Here is the Word of God"

They believe not:  "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." Joh 3:18

They hear not: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Joh 5:24

God's guarantee of eternal life is in Christ Jesus, the Son of God, And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 1Jn 5:11

Jesus, the Lamb of God "That taketh away the sin of the world", is the Messiah, The Christ that God sent into the world as the Redeemer, your Saviour.  Remember it is God Who gave you Christ!  Why is that important to remember?  Because that is the only way you can have Christ.  He is the gift of God, Romans 6:23.  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. It is a finished work; you cannot add your faith to it nor anything else.  So what am I to believe? Here is the answer:   that I am saved in Christ.  That is what God said, And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 1Jn 5:11

Jn 2:25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

Consider the testimony of Martha, And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.  She is saying I believe God sent you to be my Saviour. Joh 11:26-27

I am not going to heaven because of my faith but I am going to heaven because Christ died for me and paid my debt of sin and that is what I believe.   My faith has as its foundation the Word of God.  Will you believe God sent Christ as your Saviour?

If after trusting Christ as your Saviour you do not live as you ought unto Him: you are useless to Him.  Luke 14:33-35.  "So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.  Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."

Being a Disciple of Christ requires Sacrifice

In discipleship the expectation is to finish the race and not to quit, For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Luke 14:28-30

Joh_4:34  Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

You lose in starting and stopping.  2Jn 1:8  Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. The Body of Christ loses - The work is slowed and in some cases never done.

In discipleship you look forward and not backward,  And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Luke 9:62.

"He that is not willing to sacrifice “everything” for the cause of God, is really willing to sacrifice nothing." Copied from Barnes, e-sword

We are to set our affection on things above not on things of the earth, Col. 3:1-3, 2 Cor. 4:18.

· Some look away from Christ because of financial gain,  Matt. 8:19-20 and a certain scribe came, and said unto him,Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou guest.  And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

"And a certain scribe came ... - It is not improbable that this man had seen the miracles of Jesus, and had formed an expectation that by following him he would obtain some considerable worldly advantage. Christ, in reply to his professed purpose to follow him, proclaimed his own poverty, and dashed the hopes of the avaricious scribe. The very foxes and birds, says he, have places of repose and shelter, but the Son of man has no home and no pillow. He is a stranger in his own world - a wanderer and an outcast from the homes of people. Compare Joh_1:11." Barnes e sword

Consider the cost of discipleship verse the cost of not following Him!  Paul said,  Php 3:7  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  Php 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Give Christ the place of pre-importance, Luk 9:59  And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. He was saying after my father dies, I will follow you.

What will it be like when you stand before Him?   Selfishness will take away your saltiness.

 

 

 

 
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