Audio Length 52:42

“Making Your Election Sure”

Now by this point, I’m sure someone is saying, ‘This teaching is good and all but, why are you teaching legalism?’ Well all I got to say about that is: This isn’t legalism. I will say this over and over. ‘You cannot earn your way into heaven by works. Salvation and the Kingdom of Heaven is through Christ Jesus, as He wills to give it, to whom He want to give it to. For whoever He chooses to compel someone to Himself. And by ones own choice, either to receive Christ Jesus and His invitation, or reject Christ Jesus. And I am not going to get into all that, for that is another teaching in itself. So what is legalism?

Legalism: Legalism is defined as: ‘Any attempt to rely on self-effort to either attain or maintain our justification before God.’

If you think that the past studies of “Can You Lose Salvation parts I & II” are legalistic, than let me ask you this question. Who do you think will enter the Kingdom of Heaven? What kind of people will enter into Heaven? Will it be the faithful, who honored the Lord God and His Word in all they do? Who are obedient? Who did not deny the Lord Jesus, the Christ, The Son of God no matter what? Who stayed the course, mapped out for us in His Living and sharp Word and who continually abide in Christ to the very end? Or will it be those who treated the Lord with contempt, who lived for self and are rebellious against His will, plan, purpose and call to the end, and who dishonored the Word of God, which is the final authority, by living contrary to His Word and standards? Or another words, living like the devil. Which, by the way is rebellion. And there are only two choices. Sheep or goats. There is nothing in between as the resurrected Lord Jesus has explicitly says in:

Revelation 2:14-16 The Lukewarm Church

“And to the angel of the church of the Laodicea write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”

Yes, Jesus says that anybody who is lukewarm, or another words: “sitting along side of the fence,” “playing Church,” “playing Christian,” He will spit, or in another translation, “spew,” which means to wretch those out of His mouth. For those kind of people do make the Lord sick to His stomach. Like for example, If what ever the body does not like, it rejects or vomits up, right? Another words, you eat something and it disagreed with you, (key word disagree,) your body would reject, vomit or wretch out whatever it is, right? Well that is what the Lord Jesus is saying here, “I will reject those who are lukewarm!” unless you repent, and to turn to the living God. Amen!

Abiding In Christ Jesus

Is another key in keeping Salvation! In order to keep Salvation we must “abide” or in other translations, “remain,” in Christ Jesus our Lord. Another words, commit. Commitment. The Lord Jesus Himself teaches us in:

John 15:1-6

“I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. (or Gardener.) Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (Here is now the warning, the judgment.) If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

And the word, “burned,” here is not used as a word for refining. Instead, like a gardener, whatever branches he cuts away is useless, for that branch did not bear fruit, it is worthless. It did not do what it was designed to do, and that is to bear fruit. Not only that, but also a branch that does not do what it is designed to do, is most likely dead or dying. This is the spiritual application. Therefore the gardener cuts off that branch or branches and discards it, and then he burns up the pile of branches. I don’t know about you, but in my life I was blessed with the experience of raising grapes for a season. From the time in February, to prune those branches down to the vine before the growing season begins in the spring. Caring and nurturing through the summer, cutting away branches that’s not forming cluster of grapes. Piling those disregarded branches in a burn pile. Then the first cold snap in the fall to sweeten the grapes. I will never forget that experience that taught me what Jesus was saying, and illustrating here. Like wise the Holy Spirit reminds us through the Apostle Paul in:

Romans 11:17-22

“If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, (the believers and followers of Christ Jesus,) though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root (Judeo-Christianity through Christ Jesus,) supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. (Here is the warning, the judgment again. ) For if God did not spare the natural branches, (referring to the Jews of the Old Testament,) He will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue (,That’s the important key, the word, “continue,”) in his kindness. (Through obedience, through faith. Continuing in the relationship with God the Father through Christ Jesus.) Otherwise, you also will be cut off.”

Continuing in the faith in Christ Jesus is the key phrase for keeping Salvation. To continually abide or remain in Him. Continually to be committed to Him and in Him. For Salvation in essence is a marriage covenant between Humanity and God Almighty, the Father, The Creator. God The Son, Lord Jesus, The Christ, and God His Holy Spirit. As the Word of God describes us, His church, both Jew and Gentile as His bride in:

Revelation 21:9&10

“One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain (Mount Zion, the Mountain of God,) great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.”

I love How John Hagee puts it. ” If you feel like you are dying to self in your marriage, then you get the point.” The Word of God expounds on this, especially in a marriage covenant. What He expects of us, between a husband and wife in every marriage, which He ordains is in:

Ephesians 5:22-33 For there is two applications here.

“Wives (or Church), submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, (the illustration of sacrificing self and self interests, selfish ambitions and so forth for the benefit of the another both in physical marriage with your spouse, husband and wife, And the Spritual application between humanity and God,) that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”

In God, there is no difference. What He expects marriage, between a husband and wife, is the same He expects between us and Him. That’s why God Almighty deals strictly with idolatry, which is “spiritual adultery.” He does not want to be shared with idols of any sort. He is a jealous God according to Exodus 20:2-4 Just like you or I would not want to share a wife to another man, or a woman to share her husband to another woman. Same example with God and us. And this marriage covenant with the Lord God Almighty through His Son, Lord Jesus, calls for unwavering faith, intentional living and commitment. Commitment! We are His bride. And we are to be pure in His sight, Amen. One Scripture comes to mind. That if we want to follow Christ Jesus we must commit to Him and deny ourselves. To be crucified with Him, in:

Galatians 2:20

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

And Mark 8:34-38 Take Up the Cross and Follow Him

“When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed, of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

Other translations would say, “whoever denies Christ before men, He will deny us before His Father.” Which means you can lose your Salvation that way. If, you continue down that road full of self. So Continually abide, continually keeping the faith in Him, and crucifying the flesh daily ensures, the assurance of Salvation. Any preacher who says and teaches that: “you cannot fall from grace no matter what, ” is a liar! And the truth is not in him or her, as the Word of God says:

Romans 3:4

“Let God be true, and every man a liar.”

And I will also say this boldly, not I only, but the Word of God! That backsliders can backslide into Hell if they persist in that state of denial, of sins and fearfulness. You can fall from grace! Lets take a couple of parables Jesus Himself taught. for starters:

Matthew 25:14-23 The Parable of the Talents

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.

After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

Jesus is not teaching here that Salvation belongs to those who accumulates wealth. The focal point here is the laziness of the servant. That servant did nothing for the kingdom of God, nor for God Himself. Which shows us that that lazy servant had no faith. He has fallen from grace. Therefore his judgment in the end was eternal life in Hell. Not only that, but James has raised up an important question about faith and works, found in:

James 2:14 Faith and Deeds

“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?”

A powerful question, that must be pondered on. For faith and doing go hand in hand, as well as believing that Jesus is the Son of God, and doing what He commands us to do goes hand in hand, for example:

John 14:12-14

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

So what was the Lord Jesus doing. He was healing the sick, bringing sight to the blind, the lame to walk. Casting out demons, raised the dead. Setting the captives free. Feeding the hungry, and most importantly, preaching His Fathers Gospel Message of reconciliation, and sent to die for the remission of sins to those who believe , which is the will of God the Father, according to the Gospels of Matthew; Mark; Luke and John. Jesus has sent us out to do His will and work, called the “Great Commission found in:

Mark 16:14-18 The Great Commission

“Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, (this scene was after His resurrection,) Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name (,in the Lord Jesus name,) they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

James 2:15-26

“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

Or how about this example that you can fall from grace: Revelation 2:4-5

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place—unless you repent.”

Jesus here, is pronouncing judgment to the loveless Church. The Church that has fallen from grace. Who walked away from the relationship with God. Even though they were doing the works of God, they neglected the importance of relationship to Him with Him and in Him. There works has become their idol. More important than God Himself. Which brings us to this next example about the importance of having a relationship with God Almighty, through His Son Lord Jesus, the Christ, found in:

Matthew 7:21-23

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Which is telling us many things in this one little passage of Scripture here. #1) Just because you call Him Lord doesn’t mean you placed Him Lord of your life. For to place God as Lord of your life is to do the will of the Father as mentions Verse 21, As it is written:

Matthew 15:7-9

“You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: ” ‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.

#2) A nonbeliever of Christ can use His name and still get powerful results.

Philippians 2:9-11

“Therefore God exalted Him (Lord Jesus) to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

And just because you are doing the work of God doesn’t mean you are saved, as this Scripture here is reflecting. As is also illustrated in Revelation 2:4-5. Even though works result from faith, you could therefore be in danger of legalism, Putting your faith in works to earn your way to heaven, instead of Christ Jesus. You must abide in Christ. Having the balance of faith resulting in works, not one or the other. Having this relationship with Him. For He said: ‘I never knew you’. And if you have a relationship with someone, as an example, you begin to know that person, and that person gets to know you, progressively, right? This includes continually have a nurturing close bond, doing things together, talking to one another through out. That’s the same thing with Christ Jesus, there is no difference.

#3) Without a relationship with Christ Jesus, you will not make Heaven, and you absolutely have nothing. Unbelief in a believers life can forfeit Salvation. Now this does sound like an oxymoron. But it can happen. A believer can turn to unbelief, for a couple of reasons.

A) Lack of faith; as the Word of God states in:

Romans 10:14-17

“How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message? “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”

B) A believer of Christ Jesus can shipwreck his or her faith.

1 Timothy 1:18-19 Fight the Good Fight

“This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, (which is preaching the truth as well as coming against heresies and false doctrines as is found in 1 Timothy 1:3&4,) that by them you may wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck,”

Which is a Christian who by choice, by circumstances which is in short, makes poor decisions, can shipwreck their faith by abandoning truth of the Word of God and morality taught by the Word of God for false doctrines and the lusts of this world. And without faith, you truly have nothing. You do not even have the promise of Salvation. For you must have faith in Christ Jesus, in order to enter the kingdom of God. And that’s usually what the devil attacks first or last resort, is your faith.

And #3) It could be that the so-called believer of the Lord Jesus, The Christ was never the Lords to begin with, for A) that person never gave their full heart to the Lord. B) their experience was only emotionally driven and not heart driven. As it is also written:

John 10:22-30

“Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”

Which is the perfect illustration of this truth in Word:

1 John 2:19-23

“They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”

1 John 5:1-5 Faith in the Son of God

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves His child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out His commands. This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

Other examples are also found in the Old Testament. Jews had seen miracles first hand from God Almighty the Father over and over as they exited Egypt into the promised land and believed. The culprit is rebellion against God. But little by little in process had become unbelieving. So it is possible in the standards of today, those who do not read His Word, could very well end up down the road of unbelief. Because of rebellion. Rebellion can be a little thought resulting in action contrary to the Word of God of what we think is insignificant. Progressing to bigger thoughts and actions of sin and rebellion. Rebellion in this case is not reading the Word of God faithfully. Rebellion is the opposite of faithfulness. These are people who do not hold Firm, as it is written:

Hebrews 3:12-15

“See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”

Verse 18

“And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey?”

Salvation has conditions. The conditions are “continually” believing. An action word. Faith is an action word. An action phrase. Faith is like a muscle. When you work out muscles, they build and get stronger. But laziness turns muscles into flab. Same thing with faith. Continually having Faith in Christ Jesus and continually abiding in Christ Jesus. Reading His Word on a continual daily basis. For faith comes by hearing the Word of God.

The Call Of Continual Perseverance

Hebrews 10:19-39 Hold Fast Your Confession

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. (The Word of God.) Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (The day of the Lord 2nd coming, which is the day of judgment upon the whole world.)

The Just Live by Faith

For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. (Which reminds me of the warnings of un-repented backsliding in: 2 Peter 2:19-22) Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:” For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.”

Colossians 1:21-24

“And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

The Narrow Road

And lastly, in order to keep salvation, you not only need Persistent and continual faith in Christ, Continual relationship with Christ Jesus. But you also need to stay on that path of righteousness at all cost. For the way to eternal life, Salvation, is on the narrow road, found in:

Matthew 7:13&14

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Notice that Christ Jesus mentions the word, “gate.” For a very good reason. He deliberately did this on purpose.

John 10:1-11 The Shepherd and His Flock

“I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the Gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the Gate is the Shepherd of His sheep. The watchman opens the gate for Him, and the sheep listen to His voice. He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. When He has brought out all His own, He goes on ahead of them, and His sheep follow Him because they know His voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what He was telling them. Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the Gate for the sheep. All who ever came before Me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the Gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. (Rest) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”

Jesus Also warns us to enter through that narrow door at all cost. And how important, again, it is to have a relationship with Christ Jesus and to keep it, to continue in it, in Him. For He is that gateway to eternal life.

Luke 13:22-29 The Narrow Door

“Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as He made His way to Jerusalem. Someone asked Him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. (Why? For two reasons here. #1). There is a cost to follow Christ Jesus, and that is self. And #2). The door to eternal life will close at the appointed time, as read on .) Once the owner, (that is God the Father) of the house (referring to Heaven) gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But He will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with You, and You taught in our streets.’

“But He will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from Me, all you evildoers!’ “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, (Which is Hell) when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.”

So in Short: John 14:6

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

And no one can be reconciled to the Father, without Christ Jesus. The broad road that leads to destruction are the worlds ways of conduct, which is sin, unrighteous, and unholy acts, obviously. Which in short is Rebellion against God Almighty. But as the Word of God promises:

Matthew 10:22

“But he who endures to the end will be saved.”

Endures what? The temptations of the lust of this world, of this age. The temptations of sins of all kinds and pleasure. Self indulgence and Idolatry. And staying the coarse of godliness, holiness , and of righteousness as much as possible. And remember, works without Christ, without faith is vanity. A vain worthless waste of time. And faith without works is dead. And, do what the Word of God says. Obey Him and His commands. Abide in His Word, Abide in Him continuously, what’s so hard about that. Make your election sure, by not only hearing the word of God, But also doing what the Lord commands. Make you election sure.

2 Peter 2:3-11

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, (Salvation as one of many promises He gave us,) so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.

For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Now are we all perfect? Certainly not! But we have a desire, those who are born again, to strive for perfection, through the cleansing of His Word, through the process of sanctification. As long as we submit ourselves to God Almighty the Father, through His Son Lord Jesus, the Christ, in this process, this life long process of sanctification, and not fall away from the faith, lose heart, nor compromise. Then we, the true bride of Christ Jesus cannot lose.

 

 

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