I want to give more examples this morning of possibly the two most important words in the Bible, which are "in Christ."
2 Tim 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
2 Tim 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
I have other "in Christ" words to quote but I want to stop here to point out to you once again, why OSAS-once saved always saved is a lie.
Churchianity likes to quote this:
... For ye are saved by grace, through faith; and this not of yourselves; it is God's gift:
I agree, we are saved by grace, but read 2 Tim 2:1, it says that grace is IN CHRIST Jesus. So, if you are NOT "in Christ" does that grace still apply to you? No grace, no faith=no salvation. Grace is found "in Christ." Now do you understand why Jesus reminded us constantly: "remain in me" or why John 15 was written concerning the vine and the branches? If you are'nt "in the vine" you get cutoff, thrown out and burned up...why? GRACE is found IN THE VINE and the vine is Jesus Christ.
Ready for more? Here it is:
2 Tim 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
Pay close attention to what was said there, Paul isn't talking about rewards there, he is talking about salvation. Where is this salvation?? IN CHRIST....
Jesus did'nt tell you to remain "in him" so you could have better rewards in heaven, he told you to remain in him to make sure you GET INTO HEAVEN. First things first right? Salvation is "in Christ" ....
2 Tim 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
^^^ Here we have a tie into the question I ask all the time, why will so few be saved (Matt 7:14)? Why will MANY say to Jesus on that day "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?" 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. <--Why will that happen? Read 2 Tim 2:19 again..what does it say? Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. That's not a suggestion, its a command. If you "nameth the name of Christ" but do not "depart from iniquity" what do you thinks going to happen to you? Apostate churchianity tells you not to worry, you'll just get less rewards. Matt 7:21 tells you this is what the Lord will say to you "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. "
Is it such a revolutionary idea that those who follow Christ and profess to be his followers should stop sinning? You either "depart from iniquity" as you are told in 2 Tim 2:19, or be told "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. " How tough is that to understand?
Todays apostate teachers tell you that you can practive iniquity all you want and all you will lose is rewards in heaven, Matt 7:21 tells us a different story. If being told by Jesus "I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, ye that word iniquity" somehow means you just lose rewards in heaven, then 2+3=0. There's NO POSSIBLE WAY that adds up.
Yesterday I talked about patience being key, and it is. Today I want to talk about our readiness...Jesus could come back today to free us in the escape promised in Luke 21:36. Obama probably is not the anti-christ, but I have seen some pretty convincing evidence recently that the anti-christ is now rising. I have written about this, how the media is conditioning the people to stay in fear, to be mentally beat down. Why? So when the man with all the answers (anti-christ) shows up, they'll hail him as a god.
Part of what's coming in the near future is "contact" with otherworldly intelligences, sometime called "aliens" also known as demons. I see articles in daily news around the world of sightings of UFO's, and yet most people still poo poo on the idea that UFO's exist. They want more "proof." Daily sightings from around the world are'nt good enough for them. Find a news scanner or a place that scans news articles from around the world and see for yourself. People are being prepared for "contact" while they are being prepared for anti-christ.
One thing we have learned from recent history is that to guess at what the future holds, you probably need to guess "non-linearly" which is to say, everything does'nt proceed neatly from point A to point B. Take 9/11 for example, it changed everything and who among us saw it coming? Likewise, I think there's a high probability that sometime soon, World War 3 will break out. The bible tells us in Ezekiel 38-39 and Psalm 83 that we have some major wars coming. Wars transform things in a non-linear way. Interestingly, those in occult circles believe that WW3 will be the vehicle that produces anti-christ, or brings him into the world's view.
The 3rd World War was to be between Israel and Islam. The most incredible part of this vision was the fact it was 1871. Israel never became a nation until 1948...77 years later. The only other people who knew Israel would ever become a nation again, after its destruction in 70 AD, were Christians that believed their King James Bible.
At any rate, this 3rd World War was to be a pseudo-Armageddon type deal. It was designed to bring the whole world to the brink of total destruction and collapse, so that the peoples of the world would beg, for their Christ.
Remember, Rev 6 shows us the anti-christ arriving with a bow in his hand. A bow is a weapon of war. Rev 6 goes on to say that he arrives CONQUERING and to conquer..no peace deals mentioned.
I'm pretty good at learning languages, I can speak english and spanish at the moment and I've been working on learning russian for over a year now. Yesterday I asked the Lord what my opportunity would be to put the russian I'm learning to use and I think I got a one word answer...WAR. I guess we'll find out soon enough. Anytime anything happens in Israel, it could have world-wide implications. A nobody arch-duke shot in serbia started WW1, how much more could the events taking place in Israel today start WW3. The entire world is getting really REALLY upset with the civilians dying in gaza these days. Everywhere else in the world except the United States, graphic video is shown on the news 24/7 of the results of the Israeli bombing. Since our news media is another propaganda arm of the monied elites, we don't see the graphic footage, or if we do, its very short snippets that have been carefully screened.
The bottom line is this, although we might have some time (not much, but some) left for the anti-christ to be revealed, WW3 and worldwide death on an unimaginable scale could come any day now. The future, more likely than not will follow a non-linear path. What's coming tomorrow and the next day won't be what you expect it to be. Events will go from 10mph to 1,000 mph in the blink of an eye. This is why you need to be ready today. Be ready for what's coming, and be patient for the days before it shows up. We were promised an escape from all that's about to happen, which I believe is Rev 6 and after.
We live in exciting times. We are witnessig the end of the world as we know it, some lament this. How many times have we prayed "thy kingdom come, thy will be done" to our Father in heaven? We are about to see our fathers kingdom come, that should get you excited. We can have peace in the midst of the troubling times in which we live, IF we remain "in Christ."
grace and peace
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