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Today I want to highlight some scriptures that everyone should be familiar with, but most ignore the importance of.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLTse)
Paul tells us in the scripture that ALL scripture is inspired by God and shows us what is right or wrong with how we live. God uses the scriptures to prepare and equip us to live godly lives.
But what most people don't realize is that this is only part of Paul's warning and it ends in 2 Tim.4:3-4:
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NLTse)
When we bring these two scriptures into the last days we see those who teach what people want to hear. I fully believe in salvation by grace, but there are those who teach that it doesn't matter what we do after we are saved because the grace of God will cover us. That is true, if our heart is to serve God and please Him. But some, those who seek after their "own desires" are only seeking justification to sin. These people have an false faith and are going to find out after it is too late that they have deceived themselves.
Ephesians 2:8 tells us that we are saved by the grace of God through our faith in Him. It is a gift from God so that we can't boast that it was our own ability. But what does this mean? If we are saved through faith, then that requires a response to that faith. Faith without works is dead and Faith works by LOVE, so there is the effort we must show Him that we LOVE Him because of that Faith and we do that by doing those things that please Him. Therefore, if someone tries to use grace as an excuse to live a life of sin they are deceiving themselves and really don't have the grace they think they have.
Please note: I am not talking about someone who LOVES the Lord and is seeking to please Him, then stumbles and sins. No! Because they have the heart and LOVE to seek after God they are doing the best they can, if they stumble the grace of God protects them. I am talking about those who habitually sin never giving it a second thought and think they can live a life of sin and do whatever they please and think they will be saved. Those are the ones who have become self deceived and seek after teachers who give them excuses to justify their actions.
They never had a REAL personal relationship with Christ and are counted as the servant who buried his gift in Matthew 25:14-30 and is cast into outer darkness because he never knew his master.
Matthew 25:28-30 (NLTse)
They may think they are Christians, but if they don't have true faith and live in a LOVE relationship with Jesus, they will not receive the grace they think they have and will one day find that they have deceived themselves into outer darkness. They refused to use the scriptures to learn what is right and wrong and how to live the way God has called them to live and will unfortunately pay the price for their actions.
This is why it is so important that the message of Grace, Faith and LOVE is so important, because we are in the last hour and those who don't wake up and realize the truth will not be prepared for what it going to happen to them and will be left behind.
Live in God's LOVE!