In the scriptures we read of the beautiful inheritance of the believer. A place where there shall be no more tears no more death no more sorrow. God shall reward his saints with eternal bliss! “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 KJV).
This is quite an inheritance for the believer; to surpass the corruption of the soul and be placed in a realm void of death, sorrow and destruction. Oh, such an inheritance! But in the midst of our rejoicing and in anticipation of such splendor, we are surprised with a warning label. A warning label embedded within the Holy Scriptures that cautions of a Loss of Inheritance.
How can this be? How can one lose such a glorious inheritance and be stripped of that which they planned to attain? Let us answer this question by taking a look at the fine details that are often overlooked. Let us focus on the warning label that conditions the granting of such an inheritance.
The Epistles in the New Testament were written to those who are in the churches. The letters, contrary to the thinking of many, are not written as letters of evangelism, to lost people. Rather, the Letters are written to a people who came out of the evangelistic efforts of the Disciples of Jesus Christ who came down from the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost.
“And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.” (Acts 1:13-14).
The Upper Room was the place where the Holy Ghost first fell upon the believers. From this moment in time the New Testament Church began. Out of this experience came the Doctrines of the Apostles, the church Ordinances and Commands for the Body of Christ. We read about the Doctrines of the Apostles in the book of Acts. We are also given detailed teachings of the Doctrines in the Epistles to the Churches. The letters to the churches are composed of instructions, exhortations and admonitions. Those who were the recipients of the letters were Christians. They were baptized in Jesus’ name and filled with the Holy Ghost. They were not part of any denomination.
We have a particular problem in our time just as there was problem in the 1st century. There were those who masked themselves as Christians but were not. They came in privily and began to start false teachings. They twisted the words of the Apostles and taught the people a different doctrine other than that was taught. They did this to deceive the people and bring a snare unto them. This is the work of Satan. The deceiving of the flock of God has been going on for thousands of years “Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart” (Jeremiah 14:14).
This brings us to the influence and damaging false doctrine of those who teach, what they call, “Eternal Security.” The words, Eternal Security (combined) are no where to be found in the Holy Scriptures. This false teaching was a rumor created by those who wanted to bring false doctrine and confusion to the flock of God. The proponents of Eternal Security are mostly sensual, carnal and void of the Holy Spirit. They justify their sin by teaching that no matter what sin you commit and how often you commit it, you are still saved. They believe a Christian will always be a Sinner and can’t do anything about it. They claim to “Believe in Jesus” whilst living in sin. This teaching, which may be “easy on the ears” is contrary to what we are warned of in the holy scriptures.
The scriptures are abundant with cautions to the believer that one can lose their inheritance. They can lose what they think they will attain. The Apostle Paul gives many warnings to the churches in the New Testament of the reality of a loss of inheritance. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything but speaks very clearly for all to understand. He directs the warnings to a people who are in the churches of God. His warnings are to the Body of Christ; the ones that are in the faith of Jesus Christ and who have been given the opportunity to inherit all things. The believing Christian is given Eternal Life if he/she endures to the end.
In an earthly race, the end goal of a runner is to pass the finish line and complete the race.
In a spiritual race and in God’s eyes the believers who endure to the end and keep the faith complete the race.
In an earthly race, if one begins a race and doesn’t complete it, he is disqualified.
In the race towards Eternal Life, speed isn’t the criteria. One must have faith and endurance to finish the race. If his faith is forfeited or if he fails to endure to the end he is eliminated and will not enjoy the luxuries of a completed race. He will not be considered an overcomer. He will be rewarded with Eternal Damnation.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” (Hebrews 12:1).
When one is beset, they are ensnared or entangled. Why would a runner who has determined to finish a race choose to be ensnared? Why would he want to carry extra weight? In an earthly race one can know if the finish line is at 100, 400 or 1500 meters. He can then calculate when and how to exert his energy. However, in the Spiritual Race the distance to finish line is undetermined by man and only known by God. “Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;” (Job 14:5). Therefore, the one in the Spiritual Race must always be exerting a spiritual energy (Holy Spirit) and maintain a constant pace in the Spirit.
In the Spiritual Race one doesn’t know if he shall die in faith or if he will be caught up in faith. He is only told to be ready and be active. God may allow a runner to cross the finish line (die in faith) or he may put an end to the race prior to crossing the finish line at the catching away (Harpazo). In the Spiritual Race we are admonished to Continue, Endure, Run, Press and so forth. We are never told to halt, cease, slow down or withdraw. The exhortations and admonitions not only encourage the believer to complete the race among a “great cloud of witnesses” but also of a potential loss or elimination from the luxuries of a completed race before a “great cloud of witnesses.” Let us take a look at a few admonitions given to us by the Apostle Paul that warn of a potential disqualification and loss of Inheritance.
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.” (Hebrews 12:14-17).
This is a great warning that tells us clearly that even though you are in line to receive a blessing it can be taken from you. Even though you may come to tears, repentance and regret, the blessing will be stripped from you. The agony Esau must have felt, the inward regret, the shame. But he could not get back what he lost. He was rejected, as the Scripture says. He lost his inheritance.
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Paul here lays out a number of sins that will bar an individual from God’s Kingdom. The sins are clear and leave no obscurity to the reader. He prefaces the verse by warning the individual to “not be deceived.” Why would he say such a thing? Mainly because of false teachers that were turning the Grace of God into lasciviousness. The ones who teach Eternal Security are the ones who are deceiving the people. Apparently some were deceiving the Corinthian church by teaching an allowance of such sins, hence, the preface: “Be not deceived…” He goes on to list a number of sins and lets the church know that the individual who is engaging in such sins, willfully, will lose his inheritance in God’s Kingdom. If one has no inheritance in God’s Kingdom we can therefore conclude that he will not experience Eternal Security but be damned into Eternal Fire.
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21).
Here Paul is giving another warning to the church in Galatia. He warns them of a loss of inheritance if they continue to commit such sins. Remember, he is speaking to the church folk, not heathen on the street. For some reason Paul feels the need to re-state such a warning to the church in Galatia. We know this by his language:
“I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past…”
It seems as though Paul had already admonished them in the past of the sins that would send them to Hell. He must have been notified of certain activities that were taking place in the church. Notice that he doesn’t give a License to Sin. He doesn’t say that they are Eternally Safe. He doesn’t give them any assurance that the blood of Jesus will cover them from their willful sins. But he says plainly, “they which do such things shall NOT inherit the kingdom of God.”
“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” (Ephesians 5:1-5).
Here Paul tells us again that the sinning Christian has no inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God. Paul tells us that Jesus Christ gave his life for us as a sacrifice to God. His body was a sacrifice by not being defiled and thereby being a “sweet-smelling savour.” Likewise, we are to “offer up our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto God….” (Romans 12:1). But when a body is being presented to God with un-repented sin, or in constant defilement, that body will be rejected. Paul goes on to list more acts of the flesh that are not savory to God. This person, as Paul clearly states, will have ZERO inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God.
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:” (Colossians 3:5-6).
To mortify is to subdue, render weak, to kill. He urges us to make weak and bring into subjection our flesh and its beastly desires. That which comes easy by nature is a good way to tell if it’s of the flesh. When we oppose our flesh and its cravings, we are now mortifying our members. We are restraining our urges that are fleshly and submitting them to God. We are placing ourselves on the Altar of God, offering up our bodies and becoming a sweet-smelling sacrifice.
To not give into the flesh and to not allow the flesh to dictate us, we are putting to death the conditioned nature of the beast. When one consistently subdues his fleshly desires and nature, the road becomes easier to travel. The constant critique of one’s self is a must. Through a constant critique the fallen nature begins to lose power and the Spirit of God begins to gain power. The Spirit of God now dwells the believer and the Spirit of God abides! The Spirit of God takes control and brings power to overcome besetting sins that drag us down. One is now walking in the Spirit!
These are just a few of the warnings we see in the Holy Scriptures. There are many others, one just has to read for themselves to see the warnings. Paul gives us warning after warning of how we can get weighed down by besetting sins and fall short of the Grace of God. One can commit acts of the flesh that will bar them from the Kingdom of God. Those who choose not to mortify the deeds of the flesh will certainly not be a pleasing sacrifice to God. The sacrifice we present to God should be that of “sweet-smelling” rather than rank, distasteful and putrid. That type of sacrifice will be spewed out of God’s mouth (Revelation 3:16).
This stripping of one’s inheritance is a righteous act by God since the sinner has once again made provision for the flesh and entangled himself back into the yoke of bondage. He, as a dog, has returned to his own vomit. He forgets what manner of man he is after beholding his face in a mirror. He adamantly continues in his pride and belief that he can “Test” God by being a Lukewarm Christian. But God is not mocked. That sin which man does under the Eyes of God shall not go undetected but will be brought out in the Light and be stuffed in his sinning face. “And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.” (Nahum 3:6).
The proponents of Eternal Security will not be there in the end to plead your case before God. They shall be in torment themselves as they believed a lie and perpetuated it as well. They being deceived have deceived others. They both shall perish. Into Hell fire they shall go only to await their final destination, the lake of fire, the second death. So shall it be to the proponents of Eternal Security, they shall lose their Inheritance. Oh..the Irony! They shall be as Esau seeking repentance with tears, agony and torment only to hear the voice of REJECTION by a Holy God. Amen!
But to the one who was diligent, the one who understood the sacrifice of his Savior and Trusted in his God; he shall offer up his body as a living sacrifice unto God. He shall dwell safely and be spared from evil. He will have kept the faith and completed the race. He shall be granted a bountiful entrance into the Kingdom of God and be given an inheritance that fadeth not away! He shall be given, Eternal Security!
And Jesus Says,
“It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”
“It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” (Revelation 21:6-7)