A CONSTANT WARFARE
The Apostle Paul said, “…I die daily” 1 Corinthians 15:31. He also said, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me…” Galatians 2:20.
Just what did Paul mean when he said, “I die daily?”
Paul was in a constant spiritual warfare, and he knew that, by himself, he was no match for the powers of satan. He said he was “crucified with Christ,” but that he lived, yet not himself, but Christ lived in him.
So, Paul was dead and gone, but he said he lived, or rather Christ lived within him.
What Paul said was that his own nature, the carnal man, had to die “daily” in order for him to live a holy life for God. In other words, he wasn’t capable of living for God as a holy man, a minister of the gospel, an overseer of the church of God, even a martyr last of all; it was only because he allowed Christ to rule and reign in his mortal body that he could accomplish any of these things.
Paul told the saints in Rome,
“Let not sin, therefore, reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof” Romans 6:12.
Those who preach and teach Calvinism, once saved always saved, preach that message because they know they aren’t capable of living a holy life, which is absolutely true.
Calvinists miss a critical truth, however. When we surrender all to the Lord, and put on the whole armor of God for spiritual warfare, we are able to live as Christ lived. When we allow Christ to take control, that’s when we can be true “followers of Christ.”
Calvinists know, as I know, how frail we are; and certainly if we were capable of living a sinless life, Christ would not have had to come and pay the ultimate price for our sins, through His death on the cross of Calvary.
Nevertheless, Jesus left this message with all of us, not just His disciples:
“Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me” Matthew 16:24.
What’s this, “deny himself?” What is this, “take up his cross;” what cross?
Those two issues are why the wanna-be Christians, who instead of “denying themselves” and “taking up their crosses,” say they can’t live holy, no one can live holy, so I’m home free because I repented, I received Jesus, and that one act of repentance covered all of my sins, past, present and FUTURE.
Saint John preached to church members, not sinners,
“My little children, these things I write unto you, that you sin not, and if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” 1 John 2:1.
The message here is that there is no such thing as repentance for future sins. Repentance covers all past sins; but if we fall again, we need to repent again and ask the Lord to wash away our sins by the precious blood of Jesus.
Jesus further expounded on this to the church, when He appeared to John and gave him a message for the seven churches in Asia. His message to the church in Ephesus was as follows:
“I know your works and your labor and your patience, and how you cannot bear those who are evil, and you have tried those who say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars, and have borne and had patience and, for My name’s sake, have labored and have not fainted. Nevertheless, I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love. Remember, therefore, from whence you have fallen and repent, and do the first works, or else I will come unto you quickly and will remove your candlestick out of his place, except you repent” Revelation 2:2-5.
Out of the seven churches in Asia, Jesus reproved five of them and told them to repent, because they were allowing sin of some sort in their lives. He also warned the church in Sardis:
“Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain that are ready to die (spiritually), for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast and repent. If you will not watch, I will come on you as a thief and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. You have a few names in Sardis which have not defiled their garments, and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white raiment and I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels” Revelation 3:2-5.
Did you catch that? He who overcomes will not have his name blotted out of the Book of Life. This means that once your name is written in the Book of Life, it can be blotted out!
In fact, Revelation 2-3 totally refutes the doctrine of eternal security (once saved always saved), as do many other scriptures throughout the Word of God.
We are in a constant spiritual battle against our enemy and we need to take heed.
“Therefore, let him who thinks he stands, take heed, lest he fall” 1 Corinthians 10:12.
Paul wrote to the church members at Ephesus:
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” Ephesians 6:10-12.
“To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and have set down with My Father in His throne” Revelation 3:21.
We can’t even try to fight spiritual warfare in own strength. We must go into the battle daily with the strength of Christ and we will win!
No child of God should start out the day without putting on the whole armor of God:
“Therefore, take unto yourself the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, therefore, having your loins grit about with TRUTH, and having on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and your feet shod with the preparation of the GOSPEL OF PEACE; above all, taking the shield of FAITH, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked; and take the helmet of SALVATION and the sword of the SPIRIT, which is the WORD OF GOD; PRAYING ALWAYS with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and WATCHING thereunto with all PERSERVERANCE and supplication for all saints” Ephesians 6:13-18.
Matthew 25 tells us what will happen if we are not prepared.
Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth (Revelation 20:12-15)? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.
Francis Bribard, secretary to cardinal de Pellay (of the Catholic “church”), for speaking in favor of the reformed (Protestants), had his tongue cut out and was then burnt in AD 1545. James Cobard, a schoolmaster in the city of St Michael was burnt in AD 1545, for saying, “Mass was useless and absurd,” and about the same time, 14 men were burnt at Malda by Catholics, their wives being made to stand by and watch the executions.
Excerpts taken from Fox’s Book of Martyrs – Zondervan Publishing House (1926)
The Catholic Church has never issued an apology for the crimes committed during the Inquisition and the brutal murders of Protestant Christians who denounced papal authority, denied Purgatory, the selling of indulgences in sin, the worship of idols, prayers to the saints and the Virgin Mary. Neither has any reparation been made to the heirs of the saints who suffered such persecutions from the Catholic Church. Protestants were brutally murdered by Catholics by way of burning them alive at the stake, flaying alive, hangings, cutting them to pieces, burying them alive, drowning, torturing them on the rack, whereby bones were broken and bodies ripped apart, beheading them, etc… The property and assets were seized of those heinously murdered by the Catholic Church from about the Twelfth Century through around the 1820s. The Vatican sits atop the blood of the saints. Revelation 18 describes her brutal end for heresies and having committed such abominable crimes.
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