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Bible Ballistics: BBs #278  Lord, Don’t You Remember???

 

Ye shall know them by their fruits.

Do men gather grapes of thorns,

or figs of thistles?

17 Even so

every good tree bringeth forth good fruit;

but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit,

neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit

is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits

ye shall know them.

21 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.

22 Many will say to me in that day,

Lord, Lord,

have we not prophesied in thy name?

and in thy name

have cast out devils?

and in thy name

done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them,

I never knew you:

depart from me,

ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:16-23

A difficult passage to digest, but clear in its simple truth—SAYING SO DOESN’T MAKE IT SO! We can talk about Jesus, we can do ‘religious’ activities, we can even be renowned in our ‘spiritual’ demeanor, but Jesus says that isn’t what it’s all about. So, what is it about? It is about KNOWING Jesus through repentance and faith in His redeeming payment for my sin! Even doing miraculous works isn’t what it is about—it is about Jesus, and His Spirit doing God’s work within and through us! And Jesus goes on in this passage to give us a profound yet simple example of this principle. It’s the old adage in Biblical terms—“What you see isn’t always what you get”! So what is the “will” of God?

And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:40

It’s all about Jesus—but Jesus makes a difference beyond natural appearances. Here’s what Jesus had to say.

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them,

I will liken him unto a wise man,

which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended,

and the floods came,

and the winds blew,

and beat upon that house;

and it fell not:

for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not,

shall be likened unto a foolish man,

which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended,

and the floods came,

and the winds blew,

and beat upon that house;

and it fell:

and great was the fall of it.”    Matthew 7:24-27

These two houses apparently looked the same from the outside, but there was an important and initially unnoticed difference—the foundation. One was built on the “rock”—Jesus, and the other which was built on the “sand”—anything other than Jesus. He is the only foundation that lasts.

According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:10-11

Jesus saith unto him,

I am the way,

the truth,

and the life:

no man cometh unto the Father,

but by me.” John 14:6

So the question comes, “What foundation have you built upon?” Do you talk a good talk, and make a good show of your house, but you’re counting on something to give you life other than Jesus. Are you counting on a prayer, or walking an aisle, or doing good works, or just living your own way while talking about how much you “love Jesus”, like that is a talisman that will place you in good standing with God; while you live your life you own way with no desire for Jesus or the things of God; no time to seek Him or His Word; no time or desire to live a holy life? It’s a question that we all need to consider before it’s too late.

Examine yourselves,

whether ye be in the faith;

prove your own selves.

Know ye not your own selves,

how that Jesus Christ is in you,

except ye be reprobates?

But I trust that ye shall know

that we are not reprobates.”      2 Corinthians 13:5-6

Reprobate is used here of one who is “NOT” regenerate (made new in Christ Jesus). It is talking about the same thing that Jesus refers to in Matthew 7, one who talks a good talk but possesses no part of Jesus in reality. An “imitation” believer, a reprobate is one who does not have the Spirit of Jesus Christ within.

So then

they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

But ye are not in the flesh,

but in the Spirit,

if so be that the Spirit of God

dwell in you.

Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

10 And if Christ be in you,

the body is dead because of sin;

but the Spirit is life

because of righteousness.

11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus

from the dead

dwell in you,

he that raised up Christ

from the dead

shall also quicken your mortal bodies

by his Spirit

that dwelleth in you.”    Romans 8:8-11

When we are “born again”, we receive the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit who regenerates our hearts, minds and souls to become the children of God; and that my friends will make a difference. Jesus will not allow His own children to continue unchecked in sin. So if you are content and happy in your sinful lifestyle you might want to check out what you think makes you right with God!!! God imparts HIS righteousness to those who are His through the blood of Jesus.

He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:11-13

We are born of God, we are His children and are enabled to overcome the world of sin, death and hell because of what Jesus did at Calvary for all who will believe in Him. (See John 3 for more)

Therefore if any man be in Christ,

he is a new creature:

old things are passed away;

behold, all things are become new.

18 And all things are of God,

who hath reconciled us to himself

by Jesus Christ,

and hath given to us the ministry

of reconciliation;

19 To wit,

that God was in Christ,

reconciling the world unto himself,

not imputing their trespasses unto them;

and hath committed unto us

the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ,

as though God did beseech you by us:

we pray you in Christ’s stead,

be ye reconciled to God.

              21 For he hath made him

to be sin for us,

who knew no sin;

that we might be made

the righteousness of God

in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

So, my friends what are you depending on. Are you depending on Jesus to remember all “YOUR” good works and deeds that you have tried to do to be good enough for God? Do you want Him to remember all the wonderful works you did “in His name” to impress yourself and others? Or have you trusted your eternal destiny to the cross of Jesus and been transformed by the blood of the Lamb that “cleanseth us from all sin”, and received the indwelling Holy Spirit who continually confirms that we belong to Jesus? The choice is yours, but it’s a choice you need to be sure of.

Are you a “good tree” being a conduit for the power of God? Or are you a “corrupt” tree that will be found out, and cast into the fire! You can hang fruit on a dead branch but it doesn’t make it a tree, especially a good tree. You decide, but remember, there is a test at the end.

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

12 For the word of God is quick, (alive)

and powerful,

and sharper than any twoedged sword,

piercing even to the dividing asunder

of soul

and spirit,

and of the joints and marrow,

and is a discerner

of the thoughts

and intents of the heart.

13 Neither is there any creature

that is not manifest in his sight:

but all things

are naked

and opened

unto the eyes of him

with whom we have to do.”    Hebrews 4:11-13

As my mother used to say, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool God!HE will remember, and He knows the real condition of your heart! Do you know whose you are? There are only two options. May God bless you to see the truth about yourself, I can’t know but HE does, and I pray that you will heed the truth.

And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Mark4:9

And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man….” Genesis 6:3a

I join Paul in praying this prayer for YOU.

We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”   2 Corinthians 6:1-2