October 27, 2015
St. Matthew Chapter 7
21 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is
St. Luke Chapter 1
76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for
thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission
of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring
from on high hath visited us,
79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of
death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
St. Luke Chapter 24
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in
his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
As i mentioned previously, repentance is only half the battle. After repentance comes remission, meaning we “sin no more”. We stop sinning. If we don’t stop sinning, then we are no different than before we were saved. In fact, we are not saved, either, because we are still the same as we were before.
Some people said they “let themselves down”. They made a covenant with God to stop sinning and be forgiven, and then they went back and sinned some more. Can these folks still be saved? If they broke their covenant with God, can they make a new covenant, and keep it, and thereby be saved? Is there any hope for these folks, or are they doomed forever because they failed once before?
In answer to that, let’s ask another question. When should we give up on Heaven? Should we ever give up on Heaven? Should we ever stop trying to do our best we can, so we can try to be acccounted worthy to enter Heaven? Personally, if it were me, and i broke my covenant with God, i would make a new convenant, and i would do my best to keep it. And if i broke my covenant before, it was because i was small and weak and ignorant and a victim of the devil. And so then i would pray to God to help me keep my new covenant, and make sure that God knows i am really trying my hardest. We are all older and wiser than we were before. We find the strength we need, the courage we need, the Wisdom, the guidance, faith, hope, and love, everything we need to succeed, in God. God set us up to succeed, not to fail.
A common thing that people do is to look into a person’s past to see what they might do in the future. They say that this is usually the best indicator to a persons future actions, their passed history. But is this the best way, or the only way to look at people? I don’t think so. I believe we should look at what people are doing today, not necessarily what they did yesterday. A common thing people do is start saying “Look into his past, look into his past. . .” , but it seems more logical to look at what he is doing today. That’s the way God forgives us. When we stop sinning, God forgets about our past, and never mentions it again. Because to God, once we are forgiven, God only cares about what we are doing today, not what we did yesterday. Because God knows that we were all sinners yesterday, but what God cares about is today.
As we have learned, it is not enough to be saved if we only ask forgiveness. We must be forgiven and we must stop sinning. Jesus gives us another example of this in Scripture. Because when we ask forgiveness we crucify our own flesh. In other words, we don’t give the flesh what it wants anymore. That is called “picking up our cross”. We do what God wants us to do, not what the flesh wants us to do.
St. Matthew Chapter 10
38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not
worthy of me.
In other words, if we ask to be forgiven, but we do take our cross, if we do not stop sinning, then we are not worthy of Jesus. Our cross is the burden we gladly bear when we turn our lives over to God, and Jesus. So we can see, if we do not take up our cross, then we will not be saved. It’s not enough just to ask to be saved. We must repent, stop sinning, and take up our crosses. And then we must continue bearing our burdens to the end.
St. Matthew Chapter 11
22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that
endureth to the end shall be saved.
All the way to the End.
St. Luke Chapter 9
57 ¶ And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man
said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air
have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me
first to go and bury my father.
60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and
preach the kingdom of God.
61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go
bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.
62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the
plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Also i mentioned that i believe people need to love people, and animals, if they are going to be capable of loving God. This innocent state of nature is like that of a young child, who loves all the animals and does not even know what hate and killing is. A child in whom no guile is found. I believe this is what Jesus is referring to in Scripture. God wants us to love everyone, even our enemies and be as innocent as little children who don’t hate others, hurt others, and who don’t even think bad thoughts.
St. Matthew Chapter 18
AT the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the
greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and
become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the
same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
I believe that if we truly love and care about animals, we wouldn’t eat them. Likewise, i believe that if we truly love and care about God, we wouldn’t eat animals, either.
Hebrews Chapter 10
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he
had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days,
saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds
will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by
the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us,
through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 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.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for
he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner
of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye
see the day approaching.
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge
of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery
indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought
worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath
counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an
unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I
will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were
illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and
afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that
were so used.
34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the
spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven
a better and an enduring substance.
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great
recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of
God, ye might receive the promise.
37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will
38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my
soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them
that believe to the saving of the soul.