Posts Tagged ‘conditional eternal security’

“Behold He cometh with Clouds” (Revelation 1v7)

May 20, 2015

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As I look out on lashing rain, view a grey sky and listen to the news, I think “Just as in the days of Noah…” The only difference is the fact that the Lord will never flood the world again! God’s Word and the fresh new rainbow emerging on the horizon confirm that for me. “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.” (Genesis 9v13-15)

Jesus said: “But as the days of No-e were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”(Matthew 24v37) Everyone perished but Noah and his family, even though the people were warned. Today there is warning too: “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” (Matthew 24v42)

Many words of warning are spoken in chapters 24 and 25 of Matthew – and I believe that these apply to Christians as well. After all, Jesus was talking to His disciples in response to their question: “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Matthew 24v3)

Of the servant who is prepared for the Lord’s coming, Jesus says: “Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” (Matthew 24v46)

Of the servant who is not prepared, Jesus says: “The Lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of. And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (v50&51)

Signs of the imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ abound today, while evil laws are being passed by governments and acts of horrific violence and all types of sin are being perpetrated throughout this world. How apt are the words of Romans 1v24- 32!

With this in mind, there is warning again for Christians in 2Peter 3v10&11: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.”

It is time for the backslider and for the one who has never trusted the Lord to get right with Him; the world is now every bit as evil (if not more so) than it was in the days of Noah. But it is also time for professing Christians to take a deep look into their own hearts. This is a time to take a stand on the controversial issues of our day and to “dare to be a Daniel.” It is also a time to love even those who despitefully use us and it is a time to be Christlike in His strength.

It is a time to pray and to reach out to others with His love for “the night cometh when no man can work.” (John 9v4)

I look out again. The sky is threatening and black and I hear a peal of thunder, as our poor cat runs to hide under a chair. Hailstones lash against the window but soon the sun is out again. There is mercy with the Lord…

In this the Day of Grace He still calls to all who will hear: “Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22v17) This is His last exhortation “to come” in the Bible. And this could be our last day…

Jesus said: “Surely I come quickly.” (Revelation 22v20)

“Behold I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (Revelation 3v20&21)

It is in His strength that we overcome… “Now unto him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude 24&25)   May His Words speak to all who read.

Our Little Pet Hedgehog – and a Spiritual Lesson

November 13, 2012

One late summer evening our elderly cat was sniffing curiously around some creature which was sitting at the back door. At first we thought that it was a rat… but then thankfully discovered that it was a little hedgehog! At that first sighting he ambled away like a small spiky ball rolling down the garden path. This autumn we have succeeded in taming both him and two stray starving cats – ‘Mini’ (barely more than a kitten) and ‘Maxi,’ (a white and grey Tom) with a view to getting the cats good homes. Meanwhile the hedgehog has been bullying the cats away from their saucers of food, while our cat has become angry and insecure about all the attention her fellow mammals are getting.

The chorus to one of my favourite hymns as a child is:

“All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful,

The Lord God made them all.”

Yes, He made them all and I have a special love for them all! I also believe that there are many spiritual lessons to be learned from animal behaviour. At first the little hedgehog would run away from us and hide his head behind something; because he couldn’t see us, he assumed that we couldn’t see him. There is a widespread philosophy in Christian circles that ‘God cannot see us in our sin, if we have committed our lives to Him.’ While the ostrich buries its head in the sand and other creatures hide their heads in other ways, of course they can still be seen. The Bible tells me: “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1John 2v1) Note the word ‘if’ here and not ‘when.

After Adam and Eve had sinned in the Garden of Eden, we are told that they “hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3v8) But of course God knew exactly where they were and what they had done, even though He called out: “Where art thou?” (v9)

The ‘hiding your head’ philosophy also ties in with the commonly held viewpoint that ‘all our sins (past/present/future) are forgiven, when we commit our lives to the Lord.’ Where in scripture am I told this?

Another statement which is nowhere to be found in scripture is: ‘We sin in thought, word and deed every day.’

There is no doubt that when I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour that all the sins of my previous life outside of Him were forgiven, because I had repented of them and turned to Him in faith, asking for His forgiveness. However, what of future transgressions? Surely no sin is forgiven – unless it is acknowledged, confessed and repented of?

A third statement which I have heard from a pulpit in recent years is that there are ‘saved sinners’ and ‘lost sinners.’ Nowhere in God’s Word are those who know Him referred to as ‘saved sinners.’

Psalm 1 sets the standard for those who are His followers: Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.” (Verse 5)

I am aware of situations at this very moment where those who claim to be Christians are living in deep sin. The Lord Jesus Christ is returning, perhaps very soon. Like His children, all of “creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” for His return. (Romans 8v22) However, unlike the innocent animal kingdom who have nothing to fear from His return, the members of the human race must be ready for Him. We must not be under the illusion that God cannot see us in our sin and will disregard it, because of some past commitment we have made.

Just recently our little hedgehog has gone into hibernation. He had made adequate provision for the possibly harsh winter ahead, by consuming as much nutrition as possible during the summer and early autumn. We too need to be adequately nourished and built up by God’s Word – reading and digesting His message to us and being comforted by His Presence as the days grow darker, colder and hungrier spiritually speaking. However seemingly impossible your situation, He can lift you out of it, if you but only depend on Him alone to help you. Remember – He loves you, means you no harm and He wants to feed you spiritually. We can never depend on the words, philosophies and sayings of mankind when it comes to Judgement Day – but we can depend on God’s Word and on Him “That is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” (Jude v24)