LOSING SALVATION: Mikey St. John @visionpointmsj.com

If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are (1 Corinthians 3:17).

A necessary requirement that must be met in order to please God is to not defile the temple of God. If we honor God we will not defile his temple. But if we dishonor him we will.

Many people say that once you receive salvation it is for eternity. A very true statement if we abide by the word of God (Hebrews 5:9). The implication that God’s given grace is sufficient to sustain us until eternity regardless how we live our lives is a fool’s hope. Must we then depart from the way of God, become wicked in our ways because we are secured in God’s kingdom? Are you willing to take that chance? How can living sinful, evil lives be pleasing to God (Psalm 145:20). Even in the flesh that does not sit right with me. And I refused to believe that type of behavior pleases God, lest I become corrupt in my ways. Oh how grieved God must be to hear that we glorify wickedness, deemed it righteous and acceptable. As Paul stated in Romans 6:20- 21 , if you are servants of sin then you are free from righteousness. And you bear shameful fruits which end result is death. Again we see in Romans 3:31 where Paul writes, “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all inequity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee (Titus 2: 11 – 15).

In 2 Peters 2:20 he warns us about departing from the way of God after being privy to the wisdom and knowledge of God. The end is worst that the beginning. We must not take that lightly. In 2 Peters 3:10 – 17 he discusses the nature and wisdom of God, unlike man, what we should look forward to, and how we ought to behave as God’s children, acceptable for his kingdom. If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does righteousness is born of him (1 John 2:29). In John 5:14 Jesus said to the man after healing him, “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worst thing come unto thee.”

We, as mortals, are always looking for the easy way out. We don’t want to fully commit, yet we believe God should regard evil as good. Christ says if we believe him we will never die. But are we believing him if we are not obeying his principles? If what he stands for we gladly throw by the wayside, are we then believers for Christ or the devil (John 14:12; 14:21; 14:23 – 24)? We cannot take that chance with eternity. Better to be safe than sorry. God forbid we live like murderers. My God is not a murderer. He is not a liar or a thief. But he is Almighty God, powerful, holy, and true. He giveth light not darkness, so that many may glorify that which is good. But the hearts of men have become wicked in their deeds, corrupting the righteous in their wickedness. The kingdom of God is a kingdom of righteousness. Let no man deceive you into living unrighteous lives. I am a sinner, but my body trembles at the thought that we will allow ourselves to fall for the errors of men, and deny ourselves the kingdom of God. Is not hell the kingdom of the evil and the wicked? If that is not the case then why do we have hell? Hell is real; for the gospel tells me so (Luke 16:22 – 31; Revelation 20:14 – 15). Must we ignore the word of God, his truth, reject our King, and expect to see the face of God? It shall not be so. If that is the case, then it will be easy for all to see the face of God. But we know that many are called but few are chosen. I pray to God that you be one of the few. Let the many live in their world of corruption and wickedness and believe that their perpetual errors will give them eternal life. Can a man not have eternal life in him and still enter the kingdom of God (1 John 3:15)? If God does not abide in you and you in him, how can you see the face of God (1 John 3:24)? If our obscure thinking is not fallacious then what is? This is the work of the evil one, confusing men with the truth. God did not give us the Spirit of confusion and disorder but of love and sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). The chaotic mind cannot please God. If we know order, why depart from it? If we live with God in our hearts there shall be no fear.

So I must say boldly, believe that you are saved by the grace of God [ and not by your works], the blood of Christ on the Cross, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. And given that we are faith believers in Christ, we live pleasing in the sight of God, forsaking the corruption and the way of death. For my God is not corrupt. He is a righteous God. It pleases him to see us live upright as children of judgement. Let us not become wise in foolishness lest we become foolish in life. Christ burried our death so we may live. Must we then reclaim it and expect to live? Then it shall be twice dead. If we will be wrong then let us be wrong in doing good deeds. Will God deny us his kingdom for doing good deeds or will he accept us as destroyers, workers of wickedness, disobedient in character? Can you see how perverse that is? Is that the wisdom of man or the wisdom of God? God does not advocate wickedness. He cannot. It is not his character. Holy is my God. Righteous and truthful are my God. Live like God people and reject all others (1 Peter 1:16). If God called us with a holy call and worked his grace purposefully, must we then become corrupt as to show our gratitude (2 Timothy 1:9)? God forbid.

I tell you these things, not that you are ignorant of our God but to remind you that we should not regard evil as good and good as evil. And that the pleasures of God are the pleasures of glory. All things being manifested in love. For we abideth in light, the word of God, and not darkness, purified like silver, seven times (Psalm 12:6). God will not reward the wicked with glad tidings but with sorrows (Psalm 32:10). We must not rely on ourselves but on the word of God; for it is he that giveth salvation (Hebrews 2:10). If you come to the Cross of Salvation, confess your sins, accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, he will wash you with his blood. ” …Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow… (Isaiah 1:18).” Live for the Lord, and he will not forsake you. When we start loving God we will start hating destruction. We will despise the prospect of going to hell; for we do not want to experience the eternal wrath of God. May the grace of God be with you, now, and forevermore. Praise my everlasting God, and give him glory. For his eternal grace abideth in us who endure to the end.