January 16, 2018
Hebrews 3:12-19, Hebrews 4:1-2
Many of us love the Bible because it’s filled with words of assurance, promise, and encouragement. However, it also contains warnings that we’d be wise to consider and heed. Like the nation of Israel in the wilderness, the Church throughout history has also had some people who were characterized by unbelief.
Jesus said that although many call Him Lord, the proof of salvation is displayed in an obedient life (Matt. 7:13-23). You may have noticed the fruit of salvation—or the lack of it—in your church. Consider the following signs that may indicate a person in need of salvation:
• They are oftentimes involved in conflict and disunity in the church because they lack the fruit of the Spirit.
• Sometimes they prefer the spectator role and are reluctant to get involved or make a commitment to a local congregation of believers.
• If they are serving in the church, they may feel frustrated because they are trying to do the supernatural work of God without the power of His Spirit.
• They have trouble understanding the Bible but little desire to read it.
• Because they are resisting the Spirit’s conviction, they are uncomfortable or irritated when the pastor gives an invitation for salvation.
The purpose of God’s warning isn’t to have us judge the salvation of others; rather, He wants us to both examine ourselves and lead people to the truth. The consequences are eternal, so it’s important to do as Scripture says: “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5). Pray that God will enable you to point others to Jesus—and that He’ll help you to grow ever more Christlike.
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