Bastards or sons?
This title caught your eye didn’t it? I am glad you are here reading this, because this is a topic we really need to understand! Do you ever notice that if you hang out with someone brand new that claims Christianity you begin to see their true colors? Most of the time, I am disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t go by some legalistic standard that I have set up. We all have our flaws. Some are still baby Christians that have been sipping on milk the whole time and never grew up. Those can be helped in the right direction. I am talking about those that have Christianity as a “Get out of Hell free” card.
Christianity is far more than just being saved!
Christianity is far more than just being saved from the depths of Hell! We become a son of God! Our lives are now bought with a price! We know longer own our destinies! We are His! When we truly become His, we truly know it! Not only do we know it, but we experience it as well. Not like the false teachings of tongues and flopping around like a fish out of water, that’s another story, but we know by how He corrects us! He corrects us through other believers and He corrects us through His Word, and He corrects us through our experiences! That is how we know we are His!
What if we are not corrected?
What if we are not corrected? That my friend is the most dangerous place to be in. The Bible says in Hebrews a very sober thing.
Hebrews 12:6-8 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (7) If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? (8) But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
What does the the bold sentence mean? It means this, you were never saved in the first place! So let me ask you this simple questions today. Bastard or son? Which is it for your life? You know which one, if we are saved we know it. If we are not saved I truly believe we know it based on this passage of scripture. So which is it? Which one are you? A son or are you a bastard? You know which one, can’t be both! You have to be on one side or the other.
Bastards need to change!
If you are a bastard, you need to change! Seek His face! Repent and believe the Gospel! You cannot be saved with belief alone. The Bible is clear, Jesus says repent ye AND believe the gospel!
Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.