2 Corinthians 11:1-4 ESV
“I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.”
Paul was a servant of the Lord who shared with the people the gospel of Jesus Christ. And not only does the gospel teach us that by faith in Jesus Christ we must die with Christ to sin, and we must live to him and to his righteousness, in obedience to his commands, but when we believe in Jesus we enter into a marriage covenant with him, and now he is our husband and we are his bride. But this is like the Jewish marriage of the Scriptures.
So, the Jewish marriage covenant of the Scriptures involved the couple signing this covenant of marriage so that essentially they were now married, but now the husband had to go prepare a place for his bride and then he would come back and take her to live with him, and it was then that the marriage was consummated and not until then. In the meanwhile, they were to remain pure virgins.
Well, Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us and one day he is going to return for us who love him and who are walking in obedience to his commands and who are living in righteousness and not in sin. And he is going to take us to be with him for eternity, and then our marriage to him will be consummated (completed), which is when our salvation will be completed, too, and not until then. But while we are waiting, we are to remain pure in our relationships with our Lord (Titus 2:11-14).
So, this is why Paul said he had betrothed the believers to one husband, Jesus Christ, to present them to Christ as pure virgins. For he was instrumental of God in introducing them to Christ via the preaching of the gospel. And Paul definitely taught purity of devotion to Christ and dying with Christ to sin and living to God and to his righteousness, in obedience to the Lord. But now he feared that they might be being led astray from their pure devotion to Christ.
For there were people among them who were teaching them another Jesus than the one Paul and the other apostles proclaimed, and a different gospel from the one that they had originally accepted. And they were not resisting these false teachings or these false teachers, but they were putting up with them easily enough. And so Paul had legitimate cause for concern.
And sadly this parallels over to the present condition of much of the church here in America today where so many people now who profess faith in Jesus Christ have adopted another Jesus and a different gospel from the Jesus and the gospel that Jesus lived and taught and that the apostles taught and lived. For they are believing that they can make a one-time profession of faith in Jesus Christ and now all their sins are forgiven and heaven is guaranteed them when they die, regardless of how they live their lives.
But Jesus said that if anyone would come after him he must deny self, take up his cross daily (daily die to sin and to self) and follow him in obedience. For if he hold on to (try to save) our old lives of living in sin and for self, we will lose them for eternity. But if for the sake of Jesus we lose our old lives, i.e. we die with Christ to sin and live to him and to his righteousness, in obedience to his commands (New Covenant), then we will save our lives for eternity (Luke 9:23-26; cf. Romans 6:1-23; Romans 8:1-14).
And he said that not everyone who says to him, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one DOING the will of God the Father who is in heaven. For many are going to stand before him one day claiming all the things they believed they did in his name, but he is going to say to them, “I never knew you. Depart from me you workers of lawlessness,” for they refused to obey the Lord and to do what he said (Matthew 7:21-23).
So, please know that a mere confession or profession of faith in Jesus Christ is not enough to secure you salvation from sin or heaven as your eternal destiny. You must walk (in conduct, in practice) no longer according to the flesh but now according to the Spirit. Sin must no longer be your practice, your habit, but now righteousness and obedience to our Lord must be your practice. This is not saying, however, that you will never sin again, but that sin is not what you live by, but you now live by faith in Jesus Christ, for the Lord Jesus Christ in walks of surrender to the Lord and in obedience to him.
[Matt 7:21-23; Matt 24:9-14; Lu 9:23-26; Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14,24; Rom 12:1-2; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; 1 Co 1:18; 1 Co 15:1-2; 2 Tim 1:8-9; Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 1:5; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 2:8-10; Eph 4:17-32; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-17; 1 Pet 2:24; Tit 2:11-14; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6,24-25; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 3:6,14-15; Heb 10:23-31; Heb 12:1-2; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]
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I Pray for Them
An Original Work / June 4, 2013
Based off John 17
“Glorify Your Son, that Your Son
May glorify our God in heav’n.
Father, You granted Him all power
And all authority over men,
That He might give eternal life
To all those whom now
You have given Him.”
“This now then is eternal life:
That they may know You,
Father, and Your Son;
That they may know the only true God,
And Jesus Christ whom the Father sent.
I have brought You the glory by
Finishing the work that You’ve given Me.”
“I have shown You to those whom
You gave to Me out of the world;
They were Yours. You gave them to Me
And they have obeyed Your words
And they accepted them. They knew
That I came from You, and they believed
With certainty, I was sent.”
“Holy Father, I pray for them by the
Power of Your name: Protect them,
So that they may be one as we are,
For they are still living in this world.
I have given them Your word;
Because of Your word, the world
Has hated them.”
“I pray they may have the full measure of
My joy now living within them.
Father, I pray You sanctify them
By Your word; truly Your word is truth.
As You sent Me into the world,
I send them to tell the world to repent.”