Lately I hear so many people professing relationship with Jesus Christ, while espousing a doctrine which allows for an anything-goes attitude. A doctrine of easy believe-ism, hyper-grace, lawlessness, and more. This is pressing on my spirit as the danger is great and very much real.
Yes, ours is a salvation of grace wherein we add nothing of merit to deserve nor earn our salvation. However, there is an expectation upon entering into this Covenant. The expectation is of our conforming to the image of Jesus Christ.
This truth is found in many place throughout the scriptures, here is one…
1 Corinthians 10:1-13 (NASB77)
1 For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 and all ate the same spiritual food; 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.
and the rock was Christ.
5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness.
Thought – With not just some, or a few, but most of them God was not well pleased. How many today, thinking they do well, is God not well pleased with?
6 Now these things happened as examples for us, that we should not crave evil things, as they also craved.
7 And do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, ” THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK, AND STOOD UP TO PLAY.” 8 Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day. 9 Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. 10 Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
Thought – Here we see the problem, some worshiped someone/thing other than God. Some acted immorally. Some tempted God. Others were guilty of simply grumbling with dissatisfaction for all God had done. Primarily we see the prevailing iniquity was a general craving for evil things.
11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it. (Emphasis mine throughout)
The question then becomes, “Will you choose the way of escape?”
In love and peace…