THE LIMITING OF GRACE

While it may appear by the many posts I’ve made regarding the “keeping of the Commandments” of God, what actually occurs to those who will not?

This is a viable question.  The Bible is clear on how God treats those who are unjust and just.  It states, “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matt 5:45 (KJV).  In terms of temporal comforts, God doesn’t discriminate and allows blessings to be shared; however, He does draw the line when it comes to the question of eternity.

There are many Christians who believe they love God but cannot get passed this Scripture which states, “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” 1 John 2:3-5 (KJV)  They will offer all kinds of reasons from everything to the Commandments being given to the Jews, to their incorrect understanding of Covenants, to the proclamation the law is different from that of the Old Testament to the New Testament, to their downright rebellion against the concept of being under any law.  However, this doesn’t preclude them from having some semblance of joy and peace while here.  Many have beautiful homes, careers, cars and families.  Many have been responsible by providing assistance to the needy, supporting their church programs and they’ve been rewarded.  However, their reward does not extend for eternity.

We’re not stating blatantly those who haven’t kept the Commandments, and more specifically the Sabbath, will not be saved.  What we are saying is, there will come a time when the question regarding the Sabbath versus Sunday will be made clear and THEN those who have chosen to keep Sunday instead of God’s Holy Sabbath, Saturday, no matter what their previous affiliation might have been, yes, they will be lost.  It would not matter THEN their profession, their work, or previous graces extended.  None of that will be enough, not even the death of Christ for their sins, will not be enough to cover their refusal to keep God’s Holy Commandments, which is a requirement of salvation.

Someone once ask the difficult question and I’ll entertain it here, “What happens to those who never knew any of this, for example, the slaves coming across the Atlantic who died?”  God is a merciful God, is He not?  The Bible states one’s sins will keep them out of the Kingdom and their punishment is equivalent to their sin, disapproving the concept of an “eternal burning hell”. The Bible never suggested people would “burn” for “eternity”.  Those who have great sin will burn longer than those who have sinned little.  There should be some comfort in understanding this.  Also, it is my understanding, in that day, there will be some who will not rise to die who will not be saved but it will be as if they’ve never existed at all.  Now, without getting theological and theoretical, suffice it to say, God knows who are His and He knows full well those who are not, and He knows how to end their existence fairly.

The point of the matter is this:  KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.  Whereby when you do this, it is indicative you love God and you are His to be saved, which should be the end result of all our striving.   It is no different than when traveling down the Interstate and you see a police car on the side of the road.  If you’re doing the right thing you have no need to be concerned.

Are you concerned now?  Perhaps you need to be, and if you are, do something about it today.

 

October 2, 2014

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