Wisdom in these last days – Part 2
These are days of lust and licentiousness in the world. The times are typified by people, who have burning desire, propensity and liking for evil. They are “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” They never appropriate what is learnt about salvation, holiness, the power of the Holy Spirit, the necessity of resisting the devil and the coming of the Lord. Instead of submitting and yielding themselves to the word of God, they resist the Word because they are of “corrupt minds (and) reprobate concerning the faith.”
But “they shall proceed no further” in their effort to influence others to be lost, as we remain firm in preaching about Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone of our lives. Through Him, we have genuine salvation, true conversion and solid foundation for spiritually secured lives. With entire sanctification and enduring consecration, our hearts are kept pure from the enticing influence of corruption and evil present in the world.
Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Sanctifier, has promised and provided us with the power and baptism in the Holy Ghost to strengthen, fortify our foundation, as well as grant us the power and courage to withstand the obnoxious events in the perverse world of the last days. One, as our Cornerstone, Christ saves us. He prevents, protects and preserves us from the corruption and the evil of the world. “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins” and “he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.”
Two, He sanctifies us. He purifies, cleanses and purges our hearts. He takes the adamic nature away and crucifies the old man, “that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Romans 6:6). Three, He baptises us with the Holy Ghost and with fire. “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth”.
We live in a lukewarm world. “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” is a sign of lukewarmness. Although, most people go to church, what they hear from faithful preachers of the Word does not convict, convert, cleanse their hearts and put them on the narrow path that leads to heaven. They are formal, carnal and merely religious.
Many churches today, like the Laodicean Church, are lukewarm concerning spiritual things. Our Lord’s warning to the church reveals the possibility of backsliding and the ignorance of people who peddle the doctrine of eternal or unconditional security. Christ says, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.”
As the end of the year approaches, the Lord wants us to examine our lives to know our current spiritual state or standing and repent, if we have become lukewarm. This is because, “many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Only those who endure until the end shall be saved.
And the Lord warns us to “Remember Lot’s wife.” That woman initially escaped with her family from Sodom and Gomorrah, which had been billed by God for destruction. But midway into the escape, she looked back, and became a pillar of salt. She did not get into the fullness and favour of God. But unlike her, Daniel in the Bible knew the corruption and defilement of Babylon, but he purposed in his heart not to defile himself. Since no man shall see the Lord without holiness, we should remain firm in our consecration and continue to serve the Lord faithfully until the end.
Further Reading (King James Version): 2 Timothy 3:1; 1 Timothy 4:1,2; 2 Peter 3:3-5; 1 John 2:18; Revelation 12:12; 2 Timothy 3:1,2,5,7,14-17; Deuteronomy 4:2,4-6; 2 Timothy 3:1,2,4; Philippians 2:21; Isaiah 47:8; 1 Timothy 5:6; 6:9-11; Micah 3:11; Luke 22:3-5; 1 John 2:15-17; James 4:4; 2 Timothy 4:10; John 3:18-20; 2 Thessalonians 2:10; 1 Kings 11:1-9; Nehemiah 13:26; Psalms 11:3-5; 52:3-5; John 14:30. 2 Timothy 3:1-9; Matthew 1:21; 1 John 3:1-9; 5:18; Hebrews 2:11; 13:12,13; 1 Thessalonians 5:22-24; Acts 1:4,5,8; 2 Timothy 3:5,7,10,11; 4:18; Revelation 3:15-19; Matthew 24:11-13; Luke 17:28-30,32; 1 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Daniel 1:8; Hebrews 12:1-4,14-17,28,29.
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