How do you do? I’m fine. Good, Alright, OKAY, NEVER BEEN BETTER. The question is not how do you do, but rather should be why do you do the things you do? A lot of people try to justify their behavior in this world to make themselves feel better. They see the world as a place filled with gray area that can be good, evil, right, or wrong. True Christians do not see the world in this fashion. We know Christ and more importantly, He knows us. Jesus said, “If you love me. Keep my commandments.” Today, we will look at how true Christians carry themselves.
2 Timothy 2
19Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."
Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription. The inscription, the foundation could be His Truth. The foundation could be the very cornerstone of Christianity. (Jesus Christ) There is no other feeling, no other blessed hope as it is called than to know God Almighty knows you by name. Let me make it modern for anyone still caught up in the allure of the world. It is like your favorite celebrity stopping for only you and giving you an autograph. Now with Jesus, He stops for all you reach out to Him. He doesn’t charge you $250 either. "The Lord knows those who are his." You can recite For God so Loved the World all you want, and never have a repentant heart for Christ. You can hear 365 sermons over the consequence of death and hell and never once reach out to Jesus. You can look like a Christian, pass the plate, even take part in communion (That’s wrong by the way), and never truly be a Christian because you have not trusted The Lord. A person can grow up in church, maybe serve in a leadership role, pray before the offering, teach, and one day die and go to hell because they truly never gave themselves to Christ. The point is, we can fool everyone around us, and we can even lie to ourselves enough, but God will not be mocked! "The Lord knows those who are his." When our time comes, and we are standing before God Almighty scripture teaches and warns that He will say either, “Well done, good and faith servant,” or “Depart from me, you worker of iniquity. I never knew you.” "The Lord knows those who are his."
"Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness." If a person is a Christian, one who professes Christ as Savior, that person will no longer be the same. The Holy Spirit of God lives within and leads them through life. Christians as scripture says are new creations. What about people who call themselves Christians on Sunday, but act like the world other times? One word: Vomit. Proverbs 26:11 says, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” I love animals, especially dogs, but really, it is an animal that eats its own puke. So we as Christians, if we truly are Christians, should not return to our old ways once we give ourselves to Christ. Look at how Paul addresses himself more times than not in his letters. Paul called himself a slave to Christ, a servant, an apostle. When we become Christians, we must give it, ourselves, 100 % to God. We must turn away from the wickedness.
God inspires all scripture. People hijack a line or two of scripture to make their case for whatever they feel like. Please do not take my word for it. We have seen scripture from II Timothy and proverbs that specifically deal with how we do/act as Christians. Here is yet another example of how Christians are supposed to act.
15To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for doing anything good.
Titus 3:14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.
To those who believe not, nothing is pure. People say, “But you don’t know how it feels,” or “I just feel.” There is not a gray area. We either love Jesus and we accept His Grace or we choose the wide, road that leads straight to Hell. 16They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. Like I mentioned previously, we can say whatever we want, but if our actions reflect anything other than a life given to Christ, we are liars. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for doing anything good. That is pretty strong, tough, fighting words, but that is how it is. We are told to work hard, do the right thing always, provide for ourselves and family if we have one, and be productive. I didn’t say that originally, God did. Titus 3:14 Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives. Continuing our look through scriptures, let us look at Hebrews.
13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Want to know what is hidden from God’s sight? Nothing. The scriptures make it abundantly clear. We will have to give account to the Lord God for everything we have done.
26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
Do not think for one second that the line, no sacrifice for sins is left cancels the Grace Christ gave at the cross. Salvation is a one time, life-altering decision. What it means is we disregard, discount, and make Christ’s sacrifice meaningless when we sin after receiving the truth, the truth that is Christ, the truth that transforms, the only truth that can save us from Hell. May we never be like the dog returning to the vomit, like the person who continually sins while knowingly ignoring the truth. While there may not be a sacrifice for sin, scripture teaches in verse 27 what does remain. 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
All will be judged. Christians too, while salvation, the blessed hope in Christ is assured, will be judged, and we will have to give account for all things. Those who are not Christians, those who have not trusted Jesus Christ have a worse fate. Their fate is a fearful expectation of judgment and the consuming, raging fire. No one short of Satan and those opposing “religions” would ever call themselves enemies of God. However, anyone who has not made Christ the Lord of their life is an enemy of God.
28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
Before Christ walked the earth as a man, people followed the laws of Moses. Sadly, a lot of folks place Moses in a higher place than God, but that is for a different time. Anyway, people rejected the law of Moses (ie. That is God’s laws.) They died without mercy. What the writer of Hebrews is saying/asking is “How much more punishment/pain are those who directly reject Christ going to feel? How much punishment awaits those who have insulted the Holy Spirit?
In closing, Verses 30 and 31 deliver an affirmative answer to how we do in life. 30For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people." 31It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. It is a dreadful thing indeed, but it does not have to be. If you are reading or hearing this and are not a Christian, today can be your day to let go of the hurt, the pain, the anger, the uncertainty. Today, now, you can pray, “Oh God. Lord Jesus, I know I need you in my life. I turn away from the sin in my life. I give it to you, God. Lord, cleanse me and save me!”
Father in Heaven,
I pray you find us a faithful people that lift you up daily. I pray, Lord that these words have not been my own, but I pray that you have used me to further your message about the love and Grace that truly is Jesus, the Son. Father, I pray that just one who has read or heard this will come to you, father turning from the world and just embrace you, Father. Amen