KNOWING YOU’RE SAVED PART 5

SIN’S EFFECT ON YOUR SALVATION continued

LOSING YOUR FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD VERSUS LOSING YOUR SALVATION.  Sin disrupts your fellowship and communion with God. Isaiah 59:2 reads, But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear (see also Psalm 66:18).

But WHILE SIN DISRUPTS YOUR FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD, IT NEVERTHELESS DOESN’T TERMINATE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. We see this clearly in the parable of the prodigal son. Even though the prodigal son left home and sowed his wild oats, he nevertheless remained his father’s son all the time that he was in sin. He didn’t quit being his father’s son (Luke 15:20-24). When your children disobey you, they don’t quit being your children. They’re still your children in spite of the fact they disobeyed you.

Brethren, you’re still God’s child in spite of your sins. God doesn’t cast you off and forget all about you when you sin. What does He do when His sheep go astray? He goes out and searches for them, He finds them, and He brings them back to the fold (Luke 15:3-7). Why does He do that? Isn’t He angered and grieved with their sins? Yes He is. But He goes out after them because HE LOVES THEM. THEY’RE STILL HIS SHEEP. HE’S RESPONSIBLE FOR THEM. AND IT’S HIS DUTY TO SEE TO IT THAT THEY NEVER PERISH. In Jesus’ words, this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

Sin, I am saying, severs your communion and fellowship with God. But it doesn’t terminate your relationship with Him. Just because you’ve lost your fellowship with God doesn’t mean you’ve lost your salvation. Repent of your sin, ask God for forgiveness, and the fellowship between you and God will once again be restored.

LOSING YOUR SALVATION VERSUS LOSING YOUR REWARDS.  Alright. Let’s get this straight once and for all. A SHEEP WILL NEVER LOSE HIS OR HER SALVATION. NEVER! But, because of sin or disobedience, a sheep can end up losing some of his or her own rewards in glory.

1 Corinthians 3:12-15 speaks about losing some of our rewards. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; {13} Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. {14} If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. {15} If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Similarly, 2 John 8 goes on to say, Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

In other words, it’s possible for a true, Heaven-bound Christian to lose some of his or her own rewards. Brethren, you will likely lose some of your rewards because of sin or disobedience. But the loss of some of your rewards must not be equated with the loss of your salvation. JUST BECAUSE YOU’LL LOSE SOME OF YOUR REWARDS DOESN’T MEAN YOU’LL LOSE YOUR SALVATION. YOU’LL NEVER LOSE YOUR SALVATION. SALVATION IS ONE THING YOU WILL NEVER LOSE. That’s God’s promise and He’ll make good on it. Of course, you’ve got a part to play in this. You’re not going to be habitually, continually sinning.  You’re going to be living like a sheep. You’ll be obeying God. And the like. But as you live the life of a sheep you can rest assured that you’ll receive the reward of a sheep: you will never lose your salvation.

GOD WILL JUDGE YOU. BUT THE JUDGMENT WILL DETERMINE YOUR REWARDS, NOT YOUR SALVATION. All men are going to be judged—both saved and unsaved. Matthew 25:31-46 and Revelation 20:11-15 talk about the Judgment Day when all men will be held accountable for everything they did in their lifetime.

There’s a difference between the judgment of the saved and the judgment of the unsaved. The unsaved will be judged and sent to Hell because of their wicked works. The sheep, on the other hand, will be judged too. But they’ll be judged for their works—not their salvation. The judgment isn’t going to decide if they go to Heaven or Hell. That judgment or decision has already been made and nothing’s going to change that. As a child of God, we’re going to Heaven.

All that our judgment is going to do is determine what kind of rewards we’re going to get and how many rewards we’ll get. We’ll be responsible for the rewards we get by the way we live our life here on Earth. The Lord, as Judge, is going to evaluate everything you’ve done. Conspicuously absent, thank God, is the sins we’ve committed. They won’t be brought up for trial, attention, or punishment because they’ve been forgiven and buried through the precious blood of Jesus. Besides that, Jesus already paid the penalty and punishment of our sins, so we won’t have to. Do you see how wonderful our God is? Can you appreciate everything Christ has done for us? Bless God for His goodness indeed!

When we stand before the judgment throne of God we’ll stand as saved, blood-washed individuals. When Christ saved us, He gave us eternal life at that very moment and He’s never taken that away from us. By His gracious hand and work, we’ll never perish. We’ll never go to Hell. In conclusion, our coming judgment is not about us getting saved: we’re already saved. Said differently, our salvation isn’t determined at the end of our life when we stand before the judgment throne. We don’t have to wait until we get to the Judgment Seat to know where we’re going to spend eternity. We can know it now. We know it the moment we believed in Jesus and gave our heart to Him. Thank you, Gracious Father, for saving us!

Coming Up On My Next Blog Post, Part 6. Next stop on the theology train: what we’re supposed to do with sin. It’ll be a steep, uphill trip. So travel light.  See you then.

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