22507Finding God in the mysteries of every day
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Matthew 7: 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The picture above conjures up fear and concern over when and how judgement day will come. Make no mistake about it scripture is very clear on the subject. There are innumerable statements concerning the “great and terrible day of the Lord”. (Malachi 4:1-6 etc.) the concern I write about today is the fallacy of believing that because you have attended upon the “means of grace”, meaning the sacraments of worship and the Lord’s table that you have fulfilled the duty/responsibility/requirements of the Christian faith. But, you see, that is just the problem. Paul the apostle, Augustine, Calvin, Knox, Wesley, Whitfield, and a whole host of others have shown the Way. Paul wrote, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—Ephesians 2:8. Every one else are just pretenders. They will be rejected at the judgement and suffer the “second death”. (Revelation 20:14)
If you are bewildered, it is because you have wanted to keep your heart to yourself. Jesus wants to live in your heart as Lord and King. Regardless of how well other people perform or fail, true Christianity is a matter of one and only one life giving relationship.