10/5/15 Know Where You Stand In Light Of Eternity

“Now, suppose those servants are not as trustworthy as they ought to be.  They are lazy and instead of working hard to care for the Master’s family and waiting expectantly for His return, they say, ‘He’s not coming back!’  And so every night they go out and get drunk, and every day they are lazy, sitting and watching others work, beating the servants and abusing the children.  What is going to become of these servants when the Master returns?”  The disciples are silent, contemplating what could be the fate of these wicked servants.  Jesus replies for them, “The Master will return and surprise the servants.  These servants will feel His anger at the way they have mistreated the Master’s family and will be punished justly in accordance with what they have done.  Because their hearts are divided between what they know is right and what they know is wrong, their bodies will be split in 2 as well, and their eternal fate will be the same as those who completely reject Me.  Their lives will be judged based on what they have done instead of based on what I have done for them.  And because no one can live their lives in complete obedience to the law of God – least of all the servants in this parable – they will not measure up to the perfection God requires in order to be in His presence, so they will be cast out of His Kingdom for eternity.”

Luke 12:45-46, Note: I was not able to find in all my research any commentary on this passage that fully explained Jesus’ meaning. He seems to be indicating that believers who act in this manner will lose their salvation. Thankfully, my pastor spoke briefly about this very thing last Sunday and gave me some additional insights to share. Basically, salvation is permanent and true believers can never lose their salvation. But it is possible to think you believe in Jesus and that you trust Him to bear the penalty for your sins, but never really have that sink into your heart and cause a permanent change in you. That would mean you were never truly changed, never gained true salvation, and are not a true believer. I believe it is this that Jesus is speaking of in this passage, and also in the one I will be posting tomorrow. So how do you know if you have been truly changed into a real believer in Christ? “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” (Matthew 7:16-20) If believing that Jesus died and rose again to bear the penalty for your sins changes you into a new, better person, and there are outward signs of this change, you can be sure of your salvation. If you don’t see any change in yourself, it may be a good idea to examine your heart to see if you truly believe, and spend some time in prayer about it. Here are a few websites that discuss this idea if you are interested in learning more about it:  https://carm.org/about-can-person-lose-salvation, http://byfaithonline.com/perseverance-of-the-saints/, http://sbctoday.com/the-security-of-the-believer-steve-horn-ph-d/

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