Thursday, August 22, 2013

From "The Air of Heaven" in the section "Regarding Salvation . . ."

Holiness Required:

I am always amazed at the people who think themselves Christian, but live like the devil. They don’t believe their sins are a factor, because they claim Christ as their savior. They call Him “Lord” and believe that by doing so He is their Lord, but that is not Scripturally sound.

            “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly
are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered
from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? Even so, every good tree bears
good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit,
nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is
cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.”

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of Heaven,
but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.”

“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your
name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many
And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who
practice lawlessness.’” -- Mat 7:15-21

We see here that the Lord is not fooled by our rationalizations. He demands holiness from us, an obedience that is both physical and spiritual. It’s not just who we credit ourselves as being, but who we really are. We must bear real fruit. We must be dedicated to His will for our lives.

If you are comfortable living like you belong to the devil, you might want to reread these passages. Being Christian is not just about speaking one’s allegiance. It is about being a living testimony to how the Holy Spirit in us transforms us to be like Him.