On that day the Lord saves us we do not know what kind of life we should live or what our lives have in store. We trust the Holy Spirit to give “disciplers” to the newly converted. We pray that is so.
Many of us had “disciplers” in our early Christian life. Some did not. In every case though Our Father has led us to this point in our Christian lives. By His Spirit we are made hungry for his Word. By His Spirit we begin to see how the ways of the world are destructive. By His will we are led to the “Narrow Path.”
A Royal Welcome…
Our salvation is abundant in the radiant glory of Christ Jesus. Our salvation is abundant in the knowledge of a royal welcome in Heaven. Our lives are Spirit filled because of His abundant love.
Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
I am personally blessed by this promise. My heart tells me that everyone reading these verses will feel the same. “Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
It has always been God’s plan that we lowly sinners would be saved into a Kingdom beyond all measure.
It is clear from these verses that it is the Lord Who separates the believers from the unbelieving. It’s a sad thing to ponder. Even though we have abundant salvation there are too many that do not. Even though we are free from sin and the consequences, we all know people who are not going to be separated with the believers.
A Triumphant Entry…
2Pe 1:5 – 12
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.
Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.
For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have.
Jesus has triumphantly kept His promise.
We read of the quality life we have in Christ. We have faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection and love. Greater faith, greater virtue.
A Christian who is able to practice these qualities has peace. The kind of peace that it other worldly. The kind of peace that transcends any other peace.
It should be our desire to work on each of these qualities. “For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom….” And, it is His Kingdom!
By sharing in His inheritance we experience His Triumph over death on the Cross. We will live eternally in His presence.
The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth–
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
With His gift of abundant salvation we know what it is to fear the Lord. We know His wrath is going to be too much to carry; Jesus carried it for us. We know that to fear Him is to revere Him. We know that only He can save us.
“The fear of the Lord is….”