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If you think that just by believing in Jesus, you’ve got a guaranteed ticket to Heaven, think again. You can’t live just any way you please. Only those who heed the Holy Spirit and ‘abide’ in Jesus Christ, through obedience, will make Heaven their home.

‘Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that DOETH the will of my Father which is in heaven.’ (Jesus, Matthew 7:21)

Do you think God is such a pushover that He is going to let willful, rebellious children into Heaven?

Note this, and remember WHO is the author of ‘The Law’ . . .

‘If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and [that], when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son [is] stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; [he is] a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.’ (Deut. 21:18-21)

You may argue that we are now in the ‘age of grace’ and are no longer under The Law. This is true–but be sure you don’t misunderstand grace. Here is what the NEW Testament has to say, about willful, rebellious Christians:

”For if we sin WILFULLY after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his [It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.’ (Hebrews 10:26-31)

CHOOSE daily to walk in obedience to God’s Word, and to obey the leading of the Holy Spirit, and Romans 8:1 will apply to you:

‘[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, WHO WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH, BUT AFTER THE SPIRIT.’

How many pastors today are preaching the truth on this subject? From my experience . . . not many. Instead, they let their congregations or their board of directors/elders dictate what they will preach . . .

‘For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.’ (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

‘. . . this [is] a rebellious people, lying children, children [that] will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.’ (Isaiah 30:9-11)

If your preacher preaches ‘smooth things’ instead of edifying and convicting truth, then you can be sure that your church is being led by rebellious men (or women), rather than by the Spirit of God. Get out before you suffer their fate!:

‘ . . . them that perish; because they received not THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they might be saved. And for this cause GOD shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.’ (2 Thess. 2:10-12)

Are we ‘forever forgiven’?

‘Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are PAST, through the forbearance of God’ (Romans 3:25)

For PAST sins–yes.

And as long as we choose to continue to walk in the Spirit**, our PRESENT stumblings are forgiven too (Romans 8:1)

**walking in the Spirit is walking in OBEDIENCE to God . . . to what the Holy Spirit is showing us . . . to what we know is right

However,

‘For if we sin WILFULLY after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his [It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.’ (Hebrews 10:26-31)

‘Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that DOETH the will of my Father which is in heaven.’ (Jesus, Matthew 7:21)

If you attempt to mock God by trying to use Jesus as a free ticket to Heaven, while continuing to live a life of sin, you will reap what you sow.  God is not mocked.  Count the cost before you enter into a blood oath with God.

True conversion means being willing to DIE to your old life and LIVE for Him.  HE will make you ABLE to do so, by the power of His Spirit.

For some reason, God has chosen to wake a bunch of us up and reveal many things to us. I believe we, therefore, are to be examples to those around us, of really LIVING the truth of The Word, that God is revealing to us. . . not continuing on as though we were still ignorant of the time in which we are living. If we who KNOW these things will not have the courage to obey God, then who will?

What do we have in common with the world? Yet many who call themselves Christians want to celebrate these pagan holidays with them. How odd is that? What if every Passover, Jewish synagogues filled with witches who wanted to celebrate it too? Wouldn’t that strike you as odd? How strange it seems to the world, that we want to DO as they do, then tell them that they are not going to Heaven because they have different BELIEFS!! (Do we REALLY suppose our BELIEFS will save us, irrespective of whether our actions line up with those beliefs?)

‘Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial*? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Wherefore COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, AND BE YE SEPARATE, saith the Lord, and TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN [THING]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.’ (2 Cor. 6:14-18)

* Belial:

  • As a noun, unprofitableness; wickedness.  In a collective sense, wicked men.

At what point are we Christians finally supposed to be obedient to these words in Scripture? (Are we not in the end times now?) If not now, then when??

Why would we have any desire to continue to walk in darkness and ignorance, after having been shown the light? What communion DO we have with darkness, knowing what we know now? Why would we want the unsaved world to be confused as to what is good and what is evil, by seeing us mingle the two? What pleasure do we have in unrighteousness now . . . if we are righteous?

 

IT IS NOT the Holy Spirit from God that leads us to do things that are displeasing to Him! There is no condemnation for us, WHEN WE ARE WALKING AFTER THE SPIRIT . . . being LED BY His Spirit.

‘[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.’  (Romans 8:1)

But walking after the flesh . . . being ‘carnally minded’ . . . brings death and destruction.  When we go our own way, instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us, we are displeasing to God.  The carnal mind hates God, and rebels at the very idea of being in submission to Him.

‘For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.  Because the carnal mind [is] enmity* against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then THEY THAT ARE IN THE FLESH CANNOT PLEASE GOD.‘  (Romans 8:6-8)

* Enmity:

  •  The quality of being an enemy; the opposite of friendship; ill will; hatred; unfriendly dispositions; malevolence. It expresses more than aversion and less than malice,and differs from displeasure in denoting a fixed or rooted hatred,whereas displeasure is more transient.

 

Some who say they are Christians like to say that we are ‘under grace, not under The Law’, we have ‘freedom in Christ’, ‘nothing is sinful, in and of itself’, but these people do not rightly understand the Word of God.  Does Romans 8:7 not speak of the law of God?

‘Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God . . . )

Does 2 Corinthians 6:17 not say that some things ARE ‘unclean’?

‘Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing] . . . ‘

 

The Old Testament is not something that was done away with.  It is our FOUNDATION for understanding the New Testament.  The New builds upon the Old. We are STILL called to be a holy, set-apart people who walk in righteousness.  Is it not enough for us, to realize that we are the temples of the living God and that He dwells in us? What disrespect to drag Him along to the places we used to go, to do the things we used to do, now that we know better! He pleads with us to come out, and to be separate, and to touch not the unclean thing. Have we no respect for Him at all? Who IS Lord in our lives? Either we are led by His Spirit, to do HIS will, or we are walking according to our own carnal desires.

 

Abstain from ALL APPEARANCE of evil. ‘ (1 Thess. 5:22)

‘And have NO FELLOWSHIP with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather REPROVE* [them].’ (Eph. 5:11)

* Reprove:

  • To blame; to censure
  • To charge with a fault to the face; to chide
  • To blame for; with of; (as, to reprove one of laziness)
  • To convince of a fault, or to make it manifest
  • To excite a sense of guilt. (The heart or conscience reproves us.)

‘Follow peace with all [men], and HOLINESS, WITHOUT WHICH NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD:’ (Hebrews 12:14)

‘And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:’ (Acts 17:30)

‘ . . .  there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.’  (Matt. 24:24)

God isn’t mocked.  He will separate those who are only looking for a way of escape from hell, from those who are really committed to Him.  Part of the way He does this, is by sending false prophets who tell you what you want to hear:

  • everything is permissible, you’re ‘covered by grace’ (or ‘covered by His blood’ or ‘once saved always saved’)
  • God doesn’t judge
  • its ok to follow other gods (have a spirit guide; do yoga, meditation, contemplative payer, or Reiki; listen to the ‘ascended masters’, or the Pleiadeans, or whoever, etc.)
  • nothing is sinful in itself, listen to what music you like, celebrate whatever holidays you please
  • we shouldn’t take the Bible literally
  • don’t strive to be righteous, that’s ‘works salvation’ (or being a Pharisee)
  • God wants you to be prosperous and successful, and ‘have your best life now’
  • don’t be so serious, relax, God wants you to have fun and enjoy life too
  • etc., etc.

God will test you to see whether you will be obedient to what is plainly written throughout His Word, or whether you will use their words as a justification to do what you want.

‘If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,

And the sign or the wonder COME TO PASS,

whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams:

FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD PROVETH YOU, TO KNOW WHETHER YE LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL.

Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.‘  (Deut. 13:1-4)

‘And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who BELIEVED NOT THE TRUTH, but HAD PLEASURE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.‘  (2 Thess. 2:11-12)

‘For the time will come when they WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE; but AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS SHALL THEY HEAP TO THEMSELVES TEACHERS , having itching ears; And they shall TURN AWAY [their] ears FROM THE TRUTH, and shall be TURNED UNTO FABLES.’  (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

Back to the truth that people are turning away from . . .

In Deuteronomy 13:1-4 we see there are two alternatives:

  1. Follow the false prophet, who is able to perform signs and wonders,  who tells you ‘let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them’,  or
  2. ‘Walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.’

Lest you think this applies only to Old Testament times, let us look at the SAME choice, given to all who are on the Earth, in the last days

‘And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and CAUSETH THE EARTH AND THEM WHICH DWELL THEREIN TO WORSHIP the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.  And he DOETH GREAT WONDERS, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; SAYING TO THEM THAT DWELL ON THE EARTH, THAT THEY SHOULD MAKE AN IMAGE to the beast . . . ‘  (Rev. 13:11-14)

Deuteronomy 13:1-3 prophesied, thousands of years ago, of the events that are in our near future!  Notice the parallel between the passages:

”there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder COME TO PASS,

whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them’

And those who would NOT worship or follow this other god, or participate in creating the idol as part of his worship . . . how are they described?

‘And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, WHICH KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, AND have the testimony of Jesus Christ.’  (Rev. 12:17)

‘Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, AND the faith of Jesus.’  (Rev. 14:12)

Again, note the parallel to Deuteronomy 13:4:

‘Walk after the LORD your God, and FEAR HIM, and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, and OBEY his voice, and ye shall serve HIM, and cleave unto him.’

Also, note that in 2 Thessalonians 2 there was a contradiction implied:

‘That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, BUT had pleasure in unrighteousness.’

There are two choices:

  1. believe the truth, or
  2. have pleasure in unrighteousness

The two choices are opposites, implying that to believe the truth is the opposite of having pleasure in unrighteousness.  Again, this speaks so clearly to the times in which we live, and the things which the false prophets are saying.  Either:

  1. you can choose to believe the truth which permeates God’s Word–which is that we need to fear the Lord, walk after Him, follow His commandments, obey His voice, serve Him, and cleave to Him, or
  2. you can choose to believe the lies of today’s false prophets–that we need not fear God, that we can walk after our own desires, that we do not need to follow God’s commandments, that we can make our own choices, and that we can serve ourselves

That’s the test.  You’ll find plenty of people who will support your choice, if you follow the false prophets.  You may even believe that you can blame it on them if they’re wrong.  But if you are able to read these words of mine, you also have access to the Word of God.  You WILL be judged by what is in that book, whether you take the time to read it, or not.

Guidelines for the Family of God

As Christians, we are a family. We all have room for improvement in how we treat others.  God has not designed a dysfunctional family. He desires that His family have healthy, loving interactions. To that end, His Word gives us some concrete guidelines:

LOVE:

‘And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.’ (1 Peter 4:8)

MEEKNESS:

‘[Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.’ (Philippians 2:3-4)

TEAM SPIRIT:

‘ . . . be likeminded, having the same love, [being] of one accord, of one mind.’ (Philippians 2:2)

FORGIVENESS:

‘Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.’ (Matthew 18:21-22)

DISCRETION:

‘Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear [thee, then] take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell [it] unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.’ (Matthew 18:15-17)

GRACE:

‘Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.’ (Galatians 6:1-2)

COMPASSION

‘Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.’ (James 5:19-20)

RESPECT:

‘Rebuke not an elder, but intreat [him] as a father; [and] the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.’ (1 Timothy 5:1-2)

PATIENCE:

‘ . . . walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.’ (Ephesians 4:1-3)

HUMILITY:

‘Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.’  (1 Peter 5:5)

‘Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant . . . ‘ (Philippians 2:5-7)

False Jesus

A False Jesus

I have always assumed that WHEN the Antichrist and the False Prophet came, they would persuade people to follow them.  However, what I’m seeing is really disturbing . . . what I’m seeing within so-called ‘Christianity’.

If we put names aside . . . the one that so many in ‘Christianity’ are following is not the Jesus that was born of the virgin Mary and ministered in Israel 2,000 years ago.  The modern, self-professed Christian will not follow a savior that tells them to leave all behind for Him . . . that tells them to take up their cross daily . . . to crucify their flesh . . . that calls on them to love their enemies and to turn the other cheek . . . that expects them to endure tribulation and suffering for His sake, yet wait until after death to receive their rewards . . . that calls them to repentance . . . that expects them to follow God’s Commandments . . . and to be holy.

The ‘savior’ they will follow is one who says ‘do as thou wilt–grace will cover it’ . . . and ‘if you sin you will not surely die’. . . who tells them ‘come as you are’ and ‘you’re special’ . . . and ‘let me show you how to have your best life now’ and ‘you deserve to be prosperous’ . . . who leads them to believe they are little gods . . . who doesn’t require them to submit to his authority (yet) . . . who has no expectations of them . . . who has created the universe to satisfy THEIR needs and desires . . . who is supremely tolerant, even of sin, and never judges . . . who promises to deliver them from tribulation . . . and who ever lives to serve them.

They may call him Jesus . . . they may even BELIEVE he was born of the virgin Mary and ministered in Israel 2,000 years ago . . . but they have been duped by an identity thief . . . the consummate con man and father of liars.  You see, mainstream Christianity has already been cleverly, covertly, introduced to The False Prophet.  They will CONTINUE to follow him when he comes.  All he’ll have to do is ‘clarify’ a few Scriptures that would show him as an imposter.  He already fits all their beliefs.  He IS the one they believe in . . . the one they are serving already. He’s even been appearing to them in dreams and visions.  What he says when he comes, will be consistent with what their churches are teaching about ‘Jesus’.  He is the one, of whom it is said, will be Buddha to the Buddhists, The Mahdi to the Muslims, and Jesus to the (not) Christians.

If you doubt me–try telling today’s mainstream ‘Christian’ about the real Jesus and watch how they react.

‘They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.  We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.’ (1 John 4:5-6)

Let me tell you about their ‘Jesus’ . . .

‘And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six.’  (Revelation 13:11-18)

UPDATE 12/18/12:

Have we been VISUALLY set up to accept an ‘ascended master’ (fallen angel) as Jesus, but who would actually be the ‘False Prophet’ of Revelation 13? 

I think we may have been set up for the arrival of a fallen angel posing as an ‘ascended master’ called Sananda Emmanuel.  Pictures representing this ‘ascended master’ look very much like the face on the Shroud of Turin (which I now strongly doubt is the burial cloth of Christ).  His pictures ALSO look very much like the typical ‘Jesus’ portraits that have been representing our Lord for the last several hundred years.  (In fact, the model who posed for the famous portrait was the homosexual lover of the artist.  The model was Cesare Borgia the illegitimate son to Pope Alexander the VI!)

If this ‘ascended master’ turns out to be The ‘False Prophet’, think of how many people have already been set up to accept him, with open arms. For some, all it will take is that he speaks well, makes them feel good, and looks like the pictures of Jesus they’ve always seen.

Check out the three photos below:

Sananda Emmanuel

‘Ascended Master’, Sananada Emmanuel

False Jesus

A False Jesus, Cesare Borgia the homosexual, illegitimate son to Pope Alexander the VI

Shroud of Turin

Shroud of Turin

Don’t Be Misled

Those who teach that any effort on the part of a Christian is ‘works’, and that ‘works’ void our salvation, are misleading people. Here are some passages from Scripture that should demonstrate that self-will and effort ARE required, on our part:

‘ . . . that they should repent and turn to God, and DO WORKS MEET FOR REPENTANCE.’ (Acts 26:20)

‘ . . . BE DILIGENT that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.’ (2 Peter 3:14)

‘Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, LET US CLEANSE OURSELVES from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, PERFECTING HOLINESS in the fear of God.’ (2 Corinthians 7:1)

‘ . . . WORK OUT your own salvation with fear and trembling.’ (Philippians 2:12)

‘ . . . for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now YIELD YOUR MEMBERS servants to righteousness unto holiness.’ (Romans 6:19)

‘ . . . PUT OFF concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And BE RENEWED in the spirit of your mind; And that ye PUT ON the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.’ (Ephesians 4:22-24–and more in verses 25-32)

‘[This] I say then, WALK in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.’ (Galatians 5:16)

‘But thou, O man of God, FLEE these things; and FOLLOW AFTER righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. FIGHT the good fight of faith, LAY HOLD ON eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.’ (1 Timothy 6:11-12)

A correct interpretation of Ephesians 2:8-9 . . .

‘For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.’

. . . is that none of us can stand before God as righteous, based on our works. Yet, in the VERY NEXT VERSE (!) we are told that:

‘For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus UNTO GOOD WORKS, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.’ (Ephesians 2:10)

‘Also on the tenth [day] of this seventh month [there shall be] a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict* your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.  And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it [is] a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.

For whatsoever soul [it be] that shall not be afflicted* in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.

And whatsoever soul [it be] that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.

Ye shall do no manner of work: [it shall be] a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.  It [shall be] unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict* your souls: in the ninth [day] of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.’

(Leviticus 23:27-32)

*afflict oneself = to humble oneself

In the midst of the description of the Lord’s feasts, is the description of the Day of Atonement.  Interestingly, this day carried warnings that the other feast days didn’t:

‘For whatsoever soul [it be] that shall not be afflicted* in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.

And whatsoever soul [it be] that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.’  (Lev. 23:29-30)

This ties in with Paul taught:

‘For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.’  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

The Day of Atonement foreshadows the salvation that comes to us, by Jesus Christ. As this passage shows, we are to come to God on bended knee–not proudly, with our head held high.  We do not come to God by being ‘good enough’.  Our own works could never save us. We have no right to come to Him, believing in our own goodness.  It is only when we are afflicted . . . humbled by the weight of our sins . . . that we are able to come to Him with the right attitude.

The idea that all we have to do is believe in Jesus and we’re saved, is missing the most important things:  humility and repentance!

The predominant theme among ‘Christian’ evangelism today: that we are good, and God was lonely and made us for companionship, and that He’s totally accepting of us just the way we are, is baloney!  God loves us, not because of any goodness we have, but because His goodness surpasses understanding.  Nevertheless, He requires that we approach Him with the right attitude.

As these verses foreshadow, all those who do not approach Him in humility and repentance will be cut off.  Likewise, he who trusts in his own works to justify him with God, will find himself cut off.