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Return of Christ, Rescuing our own from the Apostasy


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Exit Strategy End Times: “Jesus said the sins once forgiven can return to our account! “

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“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”

As we approach Christmas most of us are grateful for the gift of reconciliation through Jesus Christ. So much has been forgiven from our past, we are different people now. Wonderful changes have become our new nature, or have they? Jesus said the sins once forgiven can return to our account! No….no way! Yes……The Way!

Paul speaks generously of the Colossians and includes a reason why. 

Colossians 1:3-6 (NASB)
”We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4  since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; 5  because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel 6  which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth;…” 

We “understood the grace of God, in truth.” “it (the Gospel) is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also.”

My last post focused on the necessity of our bearing the fruit of righteousness; our “continuing in the kindness of God,” or else…”

Romans 11:22 (NASB77)
” Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.”

Whoa, Paul, cut off????  Yes believer, that is what he said. “Once saved always saved” is contradicted by this verse alone.

Let’s remember there is an Apostasy in the future. It is defined as the falling away of believers. Within certain current behavior that falling away takes place now if we are turning our back on God’s Way! Yes, by exiting the Lord’s Way, we put ourselves in jeopardy. Yes, upon our realization we can repent and we can be restored via repentance. But what if we fight it? What if we do not accept the conviction of the Holy Spirit? What if we never truly grasped just how much God did for us? What if we did? Do we revere God and so, His Word?

We speak the Lord’s prayer but do we grasp the heart of it? Do we forgive others so we can be forgiven? “I am forgiven!” Not until you forgive them. These are sins committed against you! They trap you into violating God’s instructions. BOGO! Both the offender and the offended are trapped by the Word. Only you the offended can set them free. If you choose not to, you become their judge, which is a presumptuous sin. (Psalms 19:13 NASB) Thinking you have that privilege will keep you out of heaven. There is only One Judge. Heaven will not tolerate two!

We then come to a condition Jesus described in the parable of the slave who was forgiven much. We know what happened. The slave received a massive portion of grace from the king but did not learn from it and failed to forgive a relatively small debt, mercilessly casting the debtor into prison. You can read it in Matthew 18:27-35.

The critical point I am making in this post is in 18:34. 

Matthew 18:34 (NASB)
34  “And his lord, (the King)  moved with anger, [because he had not forgiven his fellow slave] handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him.”

Note: the original debt once forgiven was re-accounted by the King against the slave.

How many of us have never considered that?  Is it because we forgive everybody for anything? Do we really? Oh, our sins are in a sea of forgetfulness. God owns the sea and all that is in it! He owns us and watches over our progress, our learning to be as He would be toward others. Our doing to others as He did to or for us! He is eternity minded toward us, ready to grant grace to all who grant it or withhold grace from those who withhold. Why? Eternity demands a population of grace filled righteous souls for there to be peace!!!!

What’s more is in the next verse! Jesus speaking says,

Matthew 18:35 (NASB)
“My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

We have been taught if we sin in one thing we have sinned in all. Once forgiven via reconciliation, we have a responsibility to maintain our relationship with “the King.”

Forgiveness is the only topic where a restoration of your previous sin debt, the debt you could not pay, which was forgiven through the blood and sacrifice of Jesus, can be re-imposed against you BY THE HEAVENLY FATHER! What is His justification? You failed to bear the fruit of grace! You failed to give what was freely given to you. We reap what we sow. Love your neighbor as yourself.

Yes. This re-assignment of sins is a profound revelation. I have never heard it preached yet there it is in Jesus’ own words. The Words He gets from the Father!

Paul alludes to the stipulation of compliance.

Colossians 1:21-23 (NASB)
”And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,
22  yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—
23  if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard,…”

I have been accused (lovingly) of being a “forgiveness only” preacher or teacher. I said recently, “Forgiveness isn’t everything, it is however the most important thing.”

Forgiveness from our heart shuts our mouth to other damaging sins and repercussions against our brothers, our fellow man, statements that will set the course of our lives! That course can be AWAY from heaven and eternal life. Matthew 12:34 (NASB) 34  “You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.”

I preach forgiveness by assignment. The rescue of believers from the Apostasy is what God has put on my heart. These brothers and sisters do not think they need rescuing!

I can teach on many things as my 170+ posts testify to. THIS teaching unheeded will be the downfall of many who limp along in spiritual immaturity, in their grasp of the Good News. Why is the Good News  good? WE ARE FORGIVEN AND MADE RIGHTEOUS, not just by the death of Christ but by His Words of eternal life! These Words are the keys we must grasp and implement in preparation for eternity.

We maintain our reconciliation to God by forgiving debts, sins against us personally. Just like the parable of the slave. We go to God for all other sins and in repentance Christ remains our covering.

This heart embraced understanding is the best gift you could give God for Christmas. It is a gift that will keep on giving, to others, as God continues to replenish grace in you! .

Isaiah 3:10 (NASB77)
”Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, For they will eat the fruit of their actions.”

James 3:18 (NASB)
”And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

James 3:18 (NLT)
18  And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”

You are loved. Pass this understanding along….please.

“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”

A guardian, a servant deliverer, in Christ,

Michael

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Exit Strategy End Times: “Do we receive Righteousness or the seeds of Righteousness? “

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“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”

Do we receive Righteousness or the seeds of Righteousness when we ask Jesus to be Lord of our lives?

We have heard it taught that it is the righteousness of Christ that saves us; that there is nothing we can do to earn that righteousness or that salvation or that reconciliation as Paul calls it in Romans 5:10 NASB. That is true. So how do we then maintain this free gift until we go or Jesus comes? Answer, the righteousness of Christ, His life, The Way, is how. Or didn’t you know you had too?

Are we responsible to bear fruit? Do we have a responsibility, in being bought with a price, forgiven totally, made righteous freely? Was Christ called the first born of many brethren? Are we not to be like Him?  How is this possible? Is it accomplished because He died for us? It only begins there and Paul knew.

Paul wrote Romans 5:10 (NASB77)
”For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, …” Yes we are reconciled to God, but what about after, as we live life? How do we stay “saved” or reconciled as Paul calls it? As Paul said, there is “much more” to understand.

Jesus died for our sins previously committed, before we met Him. (Romans 3:25) Why would He need die for sins not yet committed? Would they be committed? Sure they would. Is He there to help? Sure by the Holy Spirit! We are expected to rely on, to follow, the wisdom and instruction He taught and lived, in order to avoid sin and instead bear the peaceful fruit of righteousness! YES, THEN His righteousness becomes ours in life! He gets the glory!

Jesus died once and for all but not for all sin forever! He died for all those who would come to Him, forgiving their sins to date. Jesus did however teach us how to flee from sin in life, to avoid it, recognizing it, and to live righteously by grace toward our fellow man and to God righteously to eternal life! (Romans 5:21) In doing so, we die a divine death to His glory! He lives in us!

We can be dead to sin, if we learn how! We will sin but our remedy, the antidote for life’s sin, is in the teachings of Christ our “Lord?” THEN we maintain our free gift!

There is an expectation on God’s part that we, after reconciliation, as we live on, that we will bear the fruit of righteousness. He plants we bear! He is the vine we are the branches! Does any of this sound familiar?

We understand correctly that when we ask Jesus to be Lord, God forgives us, cleanses us of all unrighteousness,(1st John 1:9) we are regenerated and then renewed by the Holy Spirit.

Titus 3:5 (NASB)
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit…”

Regeneration : palingenesia, the state or the act of rebirth. Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary. # 3824.

Ephesians 2:5 (NASB)
”…even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),…”

Renewing: (of or by the Holy Spirit) anakainōsis , from <G341> (anakainoo); renovation :- renewing. Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.# 342, #341.

Do we not know that renovation is a process? We buy the house, then we renovate it to renew it, making it like we want it, elevating its condition to our standards. This is our process via the teachings of Christ with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Any Christian knows our maturing in Christ is a process. Our mind had to be renewed to new thinking. THIS is why Jesus came and spent time teaching us. Not just to die for us but to show us a new and living Way. (Hebrews 10:19-20 NASB) If there is a Way are we not to walk in it?

The kindness of God led us to repent and ask Jesus to be Lord by the Holy Spirit. Every mercy, forgiveness, cleansing, love, every aspect He freely gave, was a seed planted in the garden of our hearts with the absolute expectation that it would grow and multiply. It would be meaningful fruit for others to observe and receive freely when needed, from us to the glory of God and Christ Jesus, by the Holy Spirit!

James 3:18 (NASB77)
And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

All this sowing takes place in life after our initial reconciliation to God.

I wrote earlier but excluded, Paul said, in Romans 5:10 (NASB77)
”For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

Christ’s death was critical to us. His life teachings and example actually save us; as in when we die or He returns. Until then we have a glorious Way to walk in. The question is, will we?

Romans 11:22 (NASB77)
” Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.”

Whoa, did Paul say that??? He knew. We must bear fruit and more as we mature, just as one would expect.

Proverbs 11:30 (NASB77)
”The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.”

We have a great hope and all the more as the time draws near for Christ’s return.

Isaiah 3:10 (NASB77)
”Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, For they will eat the fruit of their actions.”

Do rightly , love mercy, walk humbly, and it will go well with you! Let grace reign! Romans 5:21, to eternal life!

Philippians 1:9-11 (NASB77)
”And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,
10  so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;
11  having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

“We are to be “Gracefruit” trees. Never withdrawing our limb from the scraggly hand of need that reaches for the same fruit we needed.”

“If we remain in His grip, how far from His heart can we be!”

A guardian in Christ,

Michael

    Exit Strategy

   We initiate the return of Christ!  (The E-book)

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