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What of Them

“The former things are passed away.” (Rev. 21:4) How much of your short life is not going to be brought to mind again, how much of what has been accomplished through you is actually fit for the kingdom of God. Many believers in heaven may end up with a very bad case of amnesia, for although they are in the kingdom, and will be eternally, there will be no rewards for them, no treasure house, they have not brought any gifts to the King, they were servants, yet unprofitable.

No one can understand the complexity of what our emotional state will be in heaven, we can only look upon what we are here, determine through faith what the Word of God says about our eternal home, and then begin to imagine. “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Cor. 2:9) Great hope and anticipation should come with this verse, but many who actually know Christ as Lord have a fear of meeting Him, and instead of facing that fear, of acting upon it in faith through Him, they instead spend a life of dread anticipation.

To those who will enter into the kingdom, those who have brought no gifts, who have remained unprofitable, how long will the feelings of remorse and regret last, how long will they continue to hope that the Master will come up to them one day in the kingdom and say, “That’s alright, even though you did no lasting work for me in your life, you can now have all the wonders and joys of eternity, you may still have all the benefits that those who devoted their lives to me, who died to self, who died for my name also have.”

The parable of those who started early and those who started working later for the good man and each received the same wage (Matt. 20:1-16) concerns salvation, the three that were each given coins according to their talents (Matt. 25:14-30) concerns our efforts for the King, and it is quite clear what happens to those who exert no effort. There are those who once were in the vine, but were cast out into the fire. (Matt. 7:19) Here is the perplexity of the Scriptures for many, here is the reason for so many different religions on this planet concerning Christ, here is the reason we have polluted the word carnal, here is the reason for works of self, instead of those done in the Spirit. How do you know for a fact that you are a Christian, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matt. 7:20) “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7) And so, can you say in all honesty that the works you are doing are for one reason only, to bring glory to the name of God?

Many are deceiving themselves in the knowledge of the truth of their supposed salvation, they have confused being morally good in this world with being holy in the sight of God, and many churches around the planet are feeding these lies to those who attend them. The precepts of God are watered down, fear of being ostracized from the community has replaced firm convictions in faith, attending church has taken the place of true worship, and the body of Christ on this planet is now seen as a weak entity, unwilling to stand even in the most minor skirmish.

There will be many in heaven with nearly total amnesia, as it were, those who are saved, yet only as if by fire, (1 Cor. 3:15) those who will be ashamed at His coming, (1 John 2:28) those in the kingdom who did not live by the firm conviction that “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil. 4:13) That would not let perfect love cast out all their fears. (1 John 4:18) Those who still loved the world and their own lives will lose both, those who have faith in Christ as their personal Savior, yet lacked the convictions to act upon that faith for His glory will not hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matt. 25:23) They may hear a welcome, but they will have no rewards waiting.

How their eternity will be spent we cannot say, but for these to expect the same privileges as Moses or Daniel, as the ones who have died willingly in His service, is to be deceived. God alone knows, I only know this, that today is the day that you can change that, soon it will be too late, and there are no second chances, no rationalizations, no excuses that can alter that fact.

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