THE APOSTASY IS NOW Part 1
There is a verse in the First Epistle of John that seems to condemn many Christians. According to this verse some of those who think they are saved are still under the threat of God's wrath. The apostle John has drawn a clear dividing line between those who know God and those who do not. He said:
"He that saith, I KNOW HIM, and keepeth not his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him." 1 John 2:4
Oh, the heartache this verse brings to those who have ears to hear. How many of our family and friends does it sentence to death? Yet that unshakeable truth was written for our protection. Those who accept what it says cannot be deceived about salvation.
Perhaps you are saying, "Well, even if I don't keep God's commandments, I am still saved because I believe." This cannot be true because Jesus said that only those who "know God" will inherit eternal life:
"And these words spake Jesus...And this is life eternal, that they might KNOW thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent." John 17:3
WE DO NOT COME TO "KNOW GOD"
THE MOMENT WE ARE BORN AGAIN.
Question: If only those who "know God" will inherit eternal life; WHEN DO WE COME TO KNOW HIM?
Answer: "And hereby we KNOW that we know Him, IF WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS." 1 John 2:3 ASV
John is saying that those who fully keep God's Commandments (who are able to say "NO!" to sin) are those who have come to "know Him."
Here then are the facts that Satan carefully hides from the believer:
1. Only those who "know God" will finally inherit eternal life.
2. Those who know Him, keep His commandments.
3. Those who say that they have come to know Him and do not keep "His commandments do not have the truth in them.
You may be sure that "His commandments" are the same Ten Commandments which were carved in stone by the "finger of God," AND the even higher Law of Love as commanded by Jesus. (John 15:12) Those who will not obey them will not come to "know God." The apostle Paul warned those who do not "know
God" to expect vengeance on the day of judgment:
"...when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that KNOW NOT God." 2 Thessalonians 1:7
Harold and Donna Kupp