II Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord know them that are his. And, let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
I recently spoke to some young people concerning the things of God and found they had been taught that a person could basically live as they pleased because the law was eliminated by the cross. The Sunday following I spoke with a traveling preacher who told me that this teaching is gaining much growth all through this country. I would like to briefly address this and will willingly discuss this issue with any who contact me. First note the text. God knows who you are even if mankind cannot recognize you as a child of God. But your Heavenly Father commands you to depart from iniquity. Yes Christ died for your sins. Yes the ceremonial part of the law is done away. Yes you are sealed til the day of redemption. But God expects better behavior of His own. Read Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and to every good work reprobate. This is very strong language. Also note Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Please read the rest of Romans chapter 6 for God’s demands for clean living. Also read I Corinthians 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
In summary: God saved you to deliver you from the power of sin as well as the penalty of sin. He gives great detail as to how the New Testament Christian is to live. He will punish you in this life for disobedience, and will judge, not you, but your work in the life to come. I want you to have a good life,a good resurrection, and a good judgement at the Judgement Seat of Christ. Please consider this matter carefully.
On two different occasions all mankind knew who God was, in the Garden of Eden and on Noah’s ark. Since that time the Devil has confused man with his many idols and inventions. So permit me with the Scripture to introduce you to my Saviour.
God reveals Himself by two main means, the Bible and the creation. When He makes Himself known He usually first lets you know that He is the Creator, then the Judge then the Saviour. One example is Genesis- “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” God then finds the sinful man, wife and serpent and passes judgement. Next he slays animals to give them skins to wear thus providing redemption through the shed blood.
Another example is found in Romans One in reverse order as Paul is speaking to the redeemed. Verse 16 “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For therein is the rightousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.” Next He shows Himself the Judge in verse 18 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness”. Lastly he shows Himself as the Creator in verses 19 and 20 “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”.
What does this mean to you? There is one and only one God, the Creator of all mankind and your Creator especially. You have sinned against your Creator and deserve His punishment, which is Hell. Read the rest of Romans chapter One for a comprehensive list of sins. Next he sent his son Jesus Christ to die upon the cross for your sins and rose up from the Dead and is in Heaven, ready, willing and able to save your soul. I ask you will you repent and admit you deserve God’s wrath for your sins and call on The Lord Jesus Christ to save your soul? For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.