No mention of repentance? Repentance is important. Repentance means "a change of direction".
When a person prays the prayer of salvation and means it, not just parroting words for whatever reason. This initiates a change in their spirit which is recreated, they become a new creation. They repent of sin, are forgiven and are "born again/from above".
Now that we are born again we are instructed by scripture that it is up to us to put the desires of the flesh down. Rom 12:1 says "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." KJV
Rom 12:3 tells us "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God". KJV
The reason scripture tells us that is because the spirit was born again. The body was not born again. The mind(part of the soul) was not born again.
God took care of the part that we could not do anything about for us. Then He tells us to put down the flesh and renew the mind.
If we do not do that then we will not cannot advance or grow spiritually and we remain babies, jerked around by every thing that is in opposition to what the word says. Our feelings, emotions, reasoning(which having not been renewed and is the thinking of the world), etc.
The broad and narrow road?
The narrow road is Jesus, the broad road is any other way. Jesus said no man comes to the Father except through me.
Or "only a few will be saved?
Only a few are saved. Out of the billions of people who have lived and are living at this moment are saved. Why? Because only a few (percentage wise) will receive Jesus and be saved. Most don't because they choose not to believe.
Or "He who endures to the end will be saved"?
Remember that when Jesus said this we was speaking of the time of the seven year tribulation.
What I am going to say is a subject that has many different beliefs.
The seven year trib period occurs after what is called in the Bible "a catching away". All of the people on the earth are received by the Lord and meet Him in the air.
This event signals the end of the age of grace in which you and I live. Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: KJV
When Jesus said "He who endures to the end will be saved", He was speaking of the time in which "Grace" was ended. A person could no longer be saved by grace through faith, therefore a believer had to remain steadfast in enduring and continuing to believe until the end. What was the end? The end would be the end of the 7 year period of their death, many will be killed for their belief in that time.
Thank God for grace. Thank God we are save by grace through faith.
Last post by jiminpa - March 27, 2019, 11:02:57 pm
I just saw this. Bryan, many who deeply love God stumble for various reasons. God doesn't love you any less. You had some difficult things in your life, yet, you never abandoned your walk. You grew weary and stumbled. Take hope. God knows your heart, and that it is His.