Doing Away With Sin 12
Doing Away With Sin 12
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30—NIV)
So there is no doubt there is coming a day of redemption. In that day the believers will be delivered from the sin that dwells in their personality. We think the day of redemption is beginning now and will continue throughout the thousand-year Kingdom Age and is the purpose for the Kingdom Age.
Let us remind the reader again of the foolish virgins and the man who buried his talent. These two parables warn us against not following Christ diligently and then expecting Him to come and magically deliver us from sin. It is not going to happen.
Rather, as in the case with every aspect of salvation, the Lord comes to us and offers the possibility of our moving ahead in the program. It then is up to us to grasp the opportunity by faith and diligently press forward into the new pasture that has been set before us.
The danger in today's teaching is that it leaves the impression that after Pentecost, every Kingdom event, including deliverance from sin, change into the moral image of Christ, and our resurrection from the dead, will overtake us as a sovereign act of God over which we have little control.
The truth is, every inch of ground in the Kingdom has to be taken by faith, patience, and the most resolute, diligent seeking of the Lord possible to us humans. Even the Apostle Paul toward the end of his life was seeking to gain Christ; was attempting to experience the power of Christ's resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings; was endeavoring to attain the early resurrection from the dead, the resurrection of the royal priesthood.
The trumpet must be blown in Zion today. It appears the majority of Christian believers are woefully unprepared for their physical death as well as for the return of the Lord. They are being taught a lawless grace and an unscriptural pre-tribulation catching up of all believers regardless of spiritual maturity. They simply are not prepared to stand in the evil day.
Therefore they will be of no help in the age of moral horrors we are approaching. When the people of the world are having heart attacks because of being terrified by the events of the future, the Christians, instead of being sources of comfort, strength, and Divine Life, will be equally terrified because they have been taught they will not be present on the earth when serious trouble arrives. What Satan desires is that the believers remain unprepared to help other people in their hour of dire need.
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth in that day—gnashing of teeth because of the anger of the believers when they are put in the outer darkness instead of being brought into the Presence of the Lamb of God. This day is coming. Be prepared for it! It is a day of thick darkness. It is the Day of the Lord!
To be continued. Doing Away With Sin 13