For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, even penetrating as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NASB
You may have heard it said that you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time.
You read within the Bible about what the Bible is useful for.
"All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB
There are no gray areas with God. You look at the untamed of the wild and there's none there as well.
An oft used expression of not wanting to hear someone say something is to put up a hand in the gesture of open palmed "stop".
This doesn't and will not exclude you or I from the truths of the Bible. We are all subject to what it says and is about.
When Believers stand before Christ we will give an account of the deeds we have done in our bodies, whether in obedience to the Word of God or in regards to our disobedience.
In the end of ends when after both the 7 year Tribulation is done and the Thousand Year reign of Jesus Christ, all who ever lived apart from God without salvation will be seen in the light of Scripture, in the light of Christ Jesus. Their deeds in life will be shown to amount to nothing due to those lives being rooted in sin that wasn't atoned for.
People who lead spectacular giving lives, who were genuinely living a life that looked like an upstanding citizen of the world will be shown it amounted to nothing. Without Christ Jesus for salvation, it meant nothing. People of all walks of life will be addressed one by one and will be told they fell short. They missed the mark. That they were not written in the Book of Life.
No human deeds of apparent perfection are enough to equal salvation in Christ Jesus.
We often put a hand up at God because He isn't saying what we want to hear. We are more afraid of being offended or offending someone else rather than acknowledging the truth that our sin offended the Holy Creator God.
To read of over a thousand so-called pastors who have or are turning away from the true message of the Gospel message to appease people says indeed the apostasy of the Church has been happening.
What is the definition of this? It's the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief.
Jesus lamented whether or not He would find the faith when He returns. We read that in the Bible. That very living book that cannot be broken by all the powers of Satan. Please also don't listen to the world in crediting Satan with powers and things he doesn’t have.
Satan has not nor has ever been in Hell. In this time in ALL human history and beyond he has never wanted nor would willingly go there because even he knows what happens to people there. The Bible tells you where Satan roams. It's all over the Earth and he reports to God in Heaven, as per several places again, in the Bible.
You have before you the living Word of God. For those who do believe and stand on what it says, a life is transformed. We all can be impacted by it for different reasons and ways. It either pushes you and I towards God or away from Him. But know this for sure, it WILL do one or the other.
Jesus Christ is the living Word of God. He can and does see every single division in our thoughts. He knows where and when we are and can knows every intention of a thought along with its every possibility. You cannot lie to Him even though time and time again you do lie to yourself.
We often don't consider the Bible because it's offensive to our sin nature. It is going to and always will. We are told in the Bible to put off the old self and its practices.
Sadly those thousand plus so-called pastors are more afraid of offending people than they are offending a Holy God.
There's nothing else in all creation that can do what God's Word can do to a soul.
2 Timothy 4:2 says "preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and exhort, with great patience and instruction."
Further in the same chapter those Pastors and false Pastors missed this truth "For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, and they will turn their ears away from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But as for you, use self-restraint in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry."
We live in that time of people only wanting to hear what they want. They tell any who show them their sin to talk to the hand. These thousand plus so-called preacher’s and such will give an account of how they mislead billions of people.
Scripture says they are doubly accountable.
James 3:1 "Do not become teachers in large numbers, my brothers, since you know that we who are teachers will incur a stricter judgment.".
Even everything that I write in this blog is included in that verse. I try my best to adhere to writing what I am told to write. Millions per day die of various causes and the very first thing to happen is determine whether they are saved or not, according to the Scriptures.
You, my Dear Reader need to answer that question while you are alive.
There's no words you can say that will grant you a second chance after you die. You will be told that you had your chance.
There's no words you can say that will get anyone you know out of Hell. Until the Final Judgment day, Hell is a one-way trip. It's populated by those who refused the free gift of Salvation and Demons who have been sentenced by God to stay there until that day. Look at the interaction between Demons and Jesus. They were terrified of being sentenced to go there.
This same Bible breathes life to those who believe. To those who take the Bible for what it is, hope is found. Life is found. It helps those who do believe in teaching them the ways of God and to become more like Christ Jesus. It empowers them in a world of sin that they battle every day. To not believe you are in a battle doesn't mean you aren't in one.
Jesus, through the work of the Spirit, shows you and I what we need to see and know about ourselves and our lives that we don't want to see. Because as the Bible says it sheds light into the darkness. Exposing the deeds of mankind.
It teaches, it breathes life, it knows what we don't want to acknowledge.
Head knowledge of the Bible, without belief, will still get you into Hell. There's been theologians who have lived who are in Hell. Thousands or more who studied the Bible all their lives are in Hell. 2,000 years ago they were called Pharisees and Sadducees. Today they are called false prophets, false teachers and false Pastors.
You are on the hook to be in the Bible yourselves. It was a nagging thing with me knowing that I would someday stand before Christ and would have to admit that I hadn't read His Bible even once.
I have lost track of how many times I have been through it.
Each time something new stands out. This whole post today came from the rich truth of 1 passage this morning.
What will you say when your life is shown before Christ?
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