The Neglected Salvation Message
Penned by: Kevin K O’Connor
Date Penned: May 19, 2019
Reason Penned: To pen down what I feel is the greatest neglected message among those who confess Jesus as Lord
Scriptural Springboard: Eph 2:8,9 AND 10 Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
LAYING THE GROUNDWORK:
The purpose of EVERYTHING that is, is to ‘Glorify’ the One from which it exists. Hence the moment that satan’s focus went from his Creator to himself, he became the black hole of black holes. And, just as God is Light and in Him is NO darkness AT ALL, so too is satan darkness and in him is NO LIGHT AT ALL. So while God at times ‘may appear’ as He is darkness, there is NONE of that at ALL in Him, and, just as satan ‘may appear’ as ‘an angel of Light’ AND he isn’t that AT ALL but absolute and TOTAL darkness just as a black hole is. And, a simple illustration of this thought is what we all see most each and every day and that is the sun and clouds. As one looks (not directly of course lest we blind ourselves) at the sun, there is no doubt that it is pure light and in it is NO DARKNESSS AT ALL. But, if one were to look at the top of the clouds, they may also think that they are Light as well, but they are ONLY reflecting the Light of the sun. The ‘Truth’ of this can be realized by looking at the ‘result’ of the sun and clouds from ‘below them’ rather than from ‘above them’. As one looks at the earth with NO clouds in the sky, the earth is bright and life is the result, but now block out that sun with a cloud and now what was bright is now dark and life which was flourishing now is yearning for the Light. Now the question is, ‘Is the sun the reason for the darkness? No! of course not, the clouds are, but in the same way people are trying to blame God for the trials in their lives and each and every one of them is because we chose through our ‘FIRST’ Mom and Dad, to do things our ‘own way’ just as satan decided to do.
So all the sun has to do to have ‘darkness to exist’ is to ‘allow’ the cloud to come between it and where it is shining. And since the beginning of time of Adam and Eve, God has chosen to give mankind a ‘choice’ whether he wants His sun (Son) to shine in their lives or not. AND, the MOMENT God allows the cloud of satan to come between Him and ALL that God is shining upon, darkness is the natural result, WHY, because God ALONE is Light and in Him is NO DARKNESS AT ALL and clouds (while from the top only) may ‘appear’ as Light, they are only merely reflecting the Light from which it and EVERYTHING exists.
So you may ask, how is that God KNOWS EXACTLY when everything (yes even the bad things) will happen, like the moment of the resurrection and the rapture and then total destruction to this world as a result? Is it that God causes them? NO! As illustrated above, He only ‘allows’ the foul one to ‘come between Him and those He’s shining upon’.
Satan is just as God’s Word says he is, a liar and the father of them; Joh_8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. Or the way I like to say it is ‘he is the black hole of black holes’. And just as everything living desires to replicate itself, so too, satan’s desire went from initially glorifying God, to glorifying himself. And so his mission in existence went from Glorifying God to ‘trying to glorify’ himself. And, all he is doing is bringing into darkness ALL that listen to him.
ON WITH THE MESSAGE:
The ‘Gift’ of Life in the Spiritual, is just like the physical, absolutely and totally free with one little requirement needed, ‘to accept it’. And, here again, we have a simple illustration, just as an egg needs to ‘accept’ that which is meant to ‘fertilize’ it, we need to accept the One and ONLY ONE from which every human in existence may enter into God’s Glorious eternal Kingdom, His Son Jesus Christ. And, just as in the physical realm if life is begun because of the egg’s decision to allow itself to be ‘fertilized’, but then once life has begun and then it ‘chooses’ NOT to follow up and do all that is required to ‘stay alive’ then that which began in total ‘freedom’ with ONLY one requirement (to accept that which was to fertilize the egg), then that life which began in total freedom, if it ‘chooses’ NOT to DO ALL that is required to stay alive (which entails a LOT of work), then it will cease to exist. Just as a horse pulls a cart, it’s NOT the other way around. And so it is with Salvation, so many people are trying to make it seem that the cart is ‘pulling the horse’ when in actuality, it’s the other way around. Hence Ephesians 2 verse 10 ‘follows’ verses 8 & 9 and they DON’T follow verse 10. Each and every saved soul’s purpose is to Glorify Him from whom they exist NOT to do as their foul nature that they were born with encourages them to do.
Now having said that, there are quite a few scriptures talking about Salvation with many of them talking about things to do as a ‘result’ of being Saved. Like ‘confessing’ that fact to others, or in ‘following’ what the Lord did in life and that was to be baptized. But there are MANY occurrences throughout time which shows that even these are TRULY NOT absolutely necessary to ‘enter in’ to God’s Glorious Eternal Kingdom. And, one of the greatest examples of this is the thief that hung on his cross next to our Lord who merely saw Jesus for Who He was and asked the Lord to remember him when He entered into His Glorious Kingdom; Luk 23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. Luk 23:40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? Luk 23:41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. Luk 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. Luk 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Luk 23:44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And, it’s usually ONLY those who are in the process of checking out of this life, that are NOT expected to have ANY OTHER FRUIT along with their salvation while on the other hand those who have their health, ARE EXPECTED to have fruit to ‘reflect’ the fact that they were saved, just as God’s Word says about confessing that fact to others and following the Lord in obedience with baptism and a life of Glorifying Him as Lord. Hence, Ephesians 2 verse 10 follows verses 8 & 9.
We so want to turn ‘relationship’ with God into a religion so that we can then ‘flaunt’ our so-called godliness to others (like the Pharisees and Sadducees did). But, in actuality the ONLY requirement that I can see in God’s Word for Eternal Life is to accept His Gift AND the willingness to forgive ALL that’s wronged us. Yes, one thing IN ADDITION to accepting His Life is to ‘forgive’ everyone that have wronged ourselves. You may ask ‘Where is THAT in God’s Word?!’ and I will reply with our Lord’s own prayer that He told us HOW to pray; Mat 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread. Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Mat 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: Mat 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. And in addition to these our Lord’s Words I’d have to say that I have heard MANY Christians that had either died OR were dying and God then presented to them with those that had wronged them and the fact that they HAD to forgive to enter in. Those that had died were given a second chance to return and to make things right while those dying were given an opportunity to forgive their wrongdoers BEFORE they breathed their last breath. Let me be clear here, God KNOWS the heart of each and every one. Some that are presented with God, will ‘immediately’ do all that is asked of them, while others will not, just as the one thief DID believe and the other one didn’t. Fortunately Paul who was given a supernatural appearance of our Lord was one of them. I say this because there will actually be some believers who have died who will NOT be given a second chance to return to make it right or who DON’T forgive as they are in the process of passing into eternity. Why you may ask that some are and some aren’t? Because God alone knows the heart of each and every person!
God The Son said Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. The problem is that we and those preaching His Word for mammon tend to present ONLY the fact that salvation is FREE without the WHY we’re saved, to Glorify the One from Whom we are saved! And, just as in the physical realm, if once we’re born we don’t eat and grow, we will die and for those who are ONLY presented Eph 2 verses 8 & 9 WITHOUT verse 10 they too will die on the vine of the Lord. Half of the message of God is about as bad as NO MESSAGE AT ALL. In fact, sometimes worse; Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Preaching and teaching the ‘easy path’ is always easier due to the listener’s ‘affirming’ MORE to what is ‘easy’ rather than what is RIGHT! And just as there will ALWAYS be more that say yea and Amen to those preaching Eph 2 verses 8 & 9 WHO NEGLECT verse 10, those ALSO preaching verse 10 speak the WHOLE WORD from our Father’s heart while those who don’t, don’t.
This same logic carries through to every topic within life whatever it may be. Another example of this is the rapture or the ‘catching away’. The easy path that is being preached is ‘ALL BELIEVERS will be raptured’, BUT the WHOLE message is ‘ONLY THE WISE VIRGINS’ will be! Time will reveal all things, but I for one choose to listen to EVERY WORD that proceeds from the mouth of God and NOT ONLY those that ‘sound good’.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word, our Life. Teach us how to cling to every Word that You have to say. For it’s in the Name above ALL NAMES we pray, Jesus Christ, Amen.
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