‘The Lord is not slack
concerning His promise . . .
but is longsuffering toward us,
not willing that any should perish
but that all should come to repentance.’
(2 Peter 3:9, NKJV)
It is not a coincidence that the year 2020 saw the world go through a severe shaking.
God used the turn of the decade to send a clear message to the world. The Bible tells us ‘there will be terrible times in the last days’ (2 Tim. 3:1, NIV), and we are about to experience worse storms ahead.
The Old Testament ends with these words: ‘See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction’ (Mal. 4:5-6, NIV).
The Bible also tells us a ‘falling away’ will take place before that day of the Lord comes (2 Thess. 2:1-3). Falling away does not simply mean abandoning the Christian faith. It also means defecting to a counterfeit Christianity, and this falling away has already taken place. Many today believe in ‘another Jesus,’ and many today have received ‘a different spirit’ and accepted ‘a different gospel’ (2 Cor. 11:4).
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, died for our sins. He was buried, and He was raised on the third day (1 Cor. 15:3-4). Christ Jesus redeemed us at the cross with His own precious blood (1 Pet. 1:18-19), and He has reconciled us to God (Eph. 2:13-18). This same Jesus tells us: ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.’ (Luke 9:23-24, NKJV)
What does it mean for someone to take up his or her cross? Can a person lose his or her salvation? Is everyone able to receive the grace of God? And why will Jesus one day declare ‘I never knew you’ to some who call Him ‘Lord, Lord’ (Matt. 7:21-23)?
i hope this has given you much to think about. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming again, and those who are truly Christ’s will be gathered to Him at His coming (1 Cor. 15:23; 2 Thess. 2:1; 2 Tim. 2:19).
Will you be gathered to Christ when He comes again?