Not So Random Thoughts 32

Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. 15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 “So then, you will know them by their fruits. 21 “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 will enter. 22 “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 miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

Matthew 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Romans 9:15 For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.” 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy

CS Lewis spoke of how that if we could see an unbeliever as they really are we would be repulsed and horrified by them. He also said that if we could see a believer as they are or will be we would be tempted to bow down and worship them. Jesus pulls back the curtain and tells us that false prophets are really like ravenous wolves that are tearing at the flesh of the sheep. Imagine that as what is the reality behind the outwardly appearing nice man who is giving a nice message and perhaps one that is biblical in many ways. That man is like a wolf that is tearing at the sheep as they suffer and bleed to death. The ravenous wolf goes beyond the normal wolf tearing at the sheep as it is driven by a great hunger.

The picture that Jesus has given of this should at least inform us of the great danger of false prophets. Despite how nice they are and how well-spoken they are, the reality of the matter is that these types of men are wolves who are tearing at the flock and destroying them. Despite their appearances, they are destroying the flock and they are doing it with great strength. Jesus said that people must be turned and become like children or they would not enter the kingdom. The false prophet says that one can simply say a prayer and/or turn from some outward sin to enter. How many people have been destroyed and are being destroyed by being told that all they have to do is to say a prayer and become more moral?

Many false prophets basically leave God out of the equation. God has done all He can do and now it is up to the person to either work hard of do some act of the will (they say). But Romans 9:15-16 tells us that it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs. Instead, it depends on God who will have mercy upon whom He will have mercy and have compassion on whom He will have compassion. False prophets leave it up to the choice of man, but the Bible says it is up to the choice of God. False prophets tell us that we must have an act of the will to believe, but the Bible says it is an act of God’s will and not man’s.

The Gospel of the grace of God is focused on God as set out in and through Christ. The Gospel of the grace of God teaches us that God the Father planned and initiated the whole of salvation, Christ has performed the whole work of salvation, and the Holy Spirit applies the whole of salvation. There is no work of man left to do that has not been planned by God, performed and earned by Christ, and applied by the Holy Spirit. The Gospel is really and absolutely of grace alone from beginning to end or from eternity past through eternity future. The false prophet always wants for men to focus on men to do something rather than have men look to God to humble them and break their hearts from all hope in self and all hope in what self can do. The false prophets are tearing at the sheep when they get the sheep to trust in themselves rather than in the Shepherd.

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