Christ Preparing our Hearts 11

Be persuaded that your soul is far more valuable to you than the whole world and there are only two places (heaven and hell) that you will spend all eternity in.

You can count on it that it is very difficult to come to heaven, but the way to destruction is broad and easy. Take it to heart that you have a deceitful heart with you, a wicked devil close to you, and snares and hindrances around and before you.

As the reality of eternity begins to sink in, the soul will face great deception. A person may have been raised to be moral or perhaps has rejected some Christian teachings or perhaps Christianity as a whole. What we must understand, however, is that when the weight of eternity begins to settle in on a soul, the soul may have some real terror settling in. The soul may begin to see sin in a different light and begin to question many things, but then the little voice (so to speak) begins to sound in the quiet times. It is then that one may meet some people who are very, very nice and outwardly kind and understanding and they try to explain some of the basic teachings of the Bible and of the character of God away. At times like that, we must understand that the Bible does speak directly to those issues and to people who are hearing things like that.

Ephesians 5:5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

The Scriptures tell us that we can know something (in this case) with certainty and that is that no immoral or impure person or covetous man has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. But again, the very nice people and the kind and understanding people will try to explain verses like that away. There are many, many nice pastors in pulpits across our land that try to explain those things away. But again, we can know with certainty that the type of person listed in Ephesians 5:5 has no inheritance in the kingdom. But we move on to verse 6 and notice that the warning there is to let no one deceive you with empty or vain words. Instead of the person that the things in verse 5 describes having an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God, those are the things that the wrath of God comes upon. Those are the people called “sons of disobedience.” These people are not sons of God, they are sons of disobedience.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

The passage just above also tells us that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God and Paul seems surprised that these people don’t know that. He goes on to tell them not to be deceived about this. Now many in our day are quite deceived about this and many ministers are now saying that homosexuality is not a sin. Many are saying that fornication and adultery and so on are not really against God either. Some of the people had been those things, but they had been washed and justified. In other words, those are things that a person needs the power of God to save them from. Once again Paul warns the people not to be deceived about these things. Evidently people were being deceived then and they are certainly being deceived about these things now (in our day).

From all of this it is quite clear that sinners are deceived about sin and one reason that they are deceived is so that they will go to hell with the devil. He hates all human beings and wants all of them to go to hell with him. He is at work to deceive people about sin so that they will continue in their sin and not seek the Lord for repentance from it. As long as people keep thinking that God loves sinners just the way they are and that they do not need deliverance from the bondage of sin and forgiveness for that sin, then they are deceived and are on their way to hell without realizing it. Christ is the Prophet who must open the minds of sinners to see past or out of their deceptions. Christ is the One who must open the heart to see sin as sin and then how sin binds sinners and makes them slaves of it. Christ is the One who must show sinners that He alone can deliver from the true bondage of sin. Christ is Savior, yes, but He is Savior from the power of sin, the deception of sin, as well as the punishment for sin.

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