We see these represented in the parable of the 10 virgins. They are all in the church, all doing churchianity stuff, and all awaiting the return of Messiah. But we see they never trimmed their wicks (which I see as cooperated with the Spirit as we conform to the image of Christ) and their lamps have no oil (which I see as the Holy Spirit). So they run out to try and purchase the oil at the last minute, and when they return Jesus shuts the door to the Bridal chamber saying "I NEVER knew you". Never is a long time.
Now apparently these people (about half the alleged church) said some magic prayer or took a bath and were told or assume they are His, but they are not (you shall know them by their fruits). Now just like in the parable of the Tares and the Wheat some probably knew these were make-believers, but as Jesus said we are not to uproot these (the Tares) because in doing so you uproot some of the real plantings as well. But Romans 8:9 makes it quite clear...if you do not have the Spirit of Christ in you then you are not one of His (period).
So every one who bears the name Christian is not...you shall know them by their fruits. So now go to Matthew 25 and read from verse 31 on...
So for an example from now, we see in the news some politician claiming to be a Christian (or being held up by alleged Christian leaders) ...compare this person's actions and beliefs to what you read in Matthew 25. Are they feeding the poor, healing the sick, housing the homeless, clothing the naked???? No? Then do they have the Spirit of Christ in them? Is their lamp really filled with oil? How about their lifestyle over the years? Did they trim their wicks? Think on these things...and may the grace and peace of God be with and upon us all, Amen.
A great question... an important question.What is the difference between a true spirit led Christian and a mimicker?
But believing in Jesus and reading the Bible as well as feeling the fruits of the spirit and saying prayers daily- should a person like me feel saved or is there something someone such as me should do to ensure we are saved.A great question... an important question.
Luke 13:24; "Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
We tell people it's easy to be a Christian... and yet I wonder why the Bible says "many" will strive to enter... but "will not be able".
These aren't atheists who aren't trying... these are people who want to "seek to enter". These are people who seem to believe in "something".
2 Tim 3:1; But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
2 Tim 3:2; For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
2 Tim 3:3; unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,
2 Tim 3:4; treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
2 Tim 3:5; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
It says some people will be "holding to a form of godliness". Again, these aren't atheists, or non believers here.
Matt 7:15; "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
Matt 7:16; "You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
Matt 7:17; "So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
Matt 7:18; "A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
Matt 7:19; "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Matt 7:20; "So then, you will know them by their fruits.
Matt 7:21; "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
Matt 7:22; "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'
Matt 7:23; "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'
Matt 7:24; "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.
It seems there will be people who believe in Jesus, who do things in His name.... but yet Jesus will tell them He doesn't know them. Would anyone who
doesn't think they are a Christian, do anything in Jesus's name?
There are several other similar passages to these.
But believing in Jesus and reading the Bible as well as feeling the fruits of the spirit and saying prayers daily- should a person like me feel saved or is there something someone such as me should do to ensure we are saved.
Can I be sure I am saved?
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