Many Christian believers have been led to believe that they are already saved and that they have a guarantee of salvation. Therefor these people have become arrogant and they look down on other people, on unbelievers. They themselves boast that they are saved even though they do not live different lives from other people. The truth is that nobody is saved yet.
Those who have accepted Jesus and who believe in Him, those who obey His words and have been baptized in water, have received the Holy Spirit, and who are led by the Holy Spirit, who follow Jesus Christ, they are being saved. They are not saved yet. They have to follow Jesus Christ until the very end to be saved. Nobody is finally saved until they endure with Jesus Christ until the end.
I read from Luke 13: 23 “And someone said to Him: Lord are there just a few who are being saved? And He said to them: Strive to enter through the narrow door, for many I tell you will seek to enter and will not be able.” This is a warning that Jesus gave. Nobody is saved yet. The door is narrow and very few will find it. Jesus is faithful. He will not leave us, but we need to stay with Him and follow and obey Him until the very end. We need to be led by the Holy Spirit and bear good fruit, we need to serve Jesus and do what He requires of us.
The writer of Hebrews also wrote this warning in Hebrews 3. Listen carefully: Hebrews 3:1
1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; 2He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house. 3For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. 4For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. 5Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; 6but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.
7Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says,
“TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,
8DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME,
AS IN THE DAY OF TRIAL IN THE WILDERNESS,
9WHERE YOUR FATHERS TRIED Me BY TESTING Me,
AND SAW MY WORKS FOR FORTY YEARS.
10“THEREFORE I WAS ANGRY WITH THIS GENERATION,
AND SAID, ‘THEY ALWAYS GO ASTRAY IN THEIR HEART,
AND THEY DID NOT KNOW MY WAYS’;
11AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH,
‘THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.’”
12Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end,
15while it is said,
“TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,
DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME.”
16For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? 17And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.”
The children of Israel that followed Moses out of the bondage in Egypt went through the Red Sea and into the wilderness. They sinned against God, they disobeyed Him as we read here in verse 18: “And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.” If we believe in Jesus we must obey Him. We must follow Him until the very end. We are His house, we are His people, if we hold fast onto Him until the very end, if we endure with Him until the very end.
Many believe in Jesus. Many confess Jesus, many believe that they are saved, but very few of them ever start following Jesus. Very few of them obey Jesus? Most believers are like the children of Israel, they did not want to listen to God. They said to Moses:”You go up the mountain and speak to God and tell us what God says.” Believers don’t want to listen to Jesus, they don’t want to be led by the Holy Spirit. They want to go to church and they say to the preacher: “You got listen what God says, you can tell us and then we do it. They never do it. Many preachers do not even listen to God, but the people go astray because they do not follow Jesus.
Nobody is saved yet, dear friends. We have to follow and obey Jesus, we have to be led by the Holy Spirit. We read in Romans chapter 8:14 the Apostle Paul writes:”Those who are being led by the Spirit of God, they are the children of God, they are the sons of God.” If we are not led by the Holy Spirit, and if we do not have the Holy Spirit, then we do not belong to Jesus and we are not His. Many have received the Holy Spirit, they speak tongues. Some of them heal the sick, they cast out demons, and they will stand before Jesus and He will say to them:”Go away I never knew you.” They might have received His gift but they never followed Him. They never stayed with Him until the very end. Many people wrongly believe that if they have received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and they speak in tongues that they have a guarantee of salvation. That is not true. Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to all those who believe in Him but he promises eternal life to those you stay with Him until the very end.
Many born-again, Holy Spirit filled believers will end up in hell because they did not endure with Jesus until the end. Many believers think that they are saved. They boast in their salvation but they do not follow nor obey Jesus. Many of them live in sin. They are conformed to the world. They do not obey the words of Jesus. They are not led by the Holy Spirit, still they believe then they are saved, but they have no relationship with Jesus. That is the desperate situation that most believers are in and they do not even realize it.
We need to go after Jesus, look after our relationship with Him and make sure He that He is pleased with us. We need to hear from Him, His sheep hear His voice, they listen to Him and they follow Him. Very few believers know the voice of Jesus. They just listen to the preachers, and they follow their own mind. They read the Bible and they take whatever scriptures they like and apply it to their liking, but they have no relationship with Jesus. They think that they are saved, they believe that when they die they will have a place in heaven. They won’t. Jesus will say to them:”Go away I never knew you.” Dear friends, if our relationship with Jesus is not real and alive, if we do not follow Him every day, if we do not hear from Him ,if we’re not led by the Holy Spirit then we have no hope of salvation, and we have turned away from Jesus, we are lost. We have to follow Jesus until the very end. Those who have started the journey with Jesus and who stay with Him, they are being saved; but many of those that think that they are saved are not on that road. They are on the broad road to destruction and yet they believe that they have salvation. They go to church, they sit in church and they say Amen and Hallelujah and they praise the Lord, and they are so boastful, they are so happy. They refer to the outsiders as lost, but they themselves are lost because they are not following Jesus Christ. They are deceived. That is the situation with most of the church today. They are lost and deceived and they are not following Jesus Christ. They have an illusion of salvation but they do not know the Savior, they do not know Jesus. They do not follow Him. They don’t want to follow Him because they think they have a ticket to heaven, they have a guarantee of salvation.
Dear friend, how’s your relationship with Jesus? Do you know Him? Do you follow Him? Do you hear from Him? Are your being saved or are you just deceived and on your way to hell? Make sure today. Go on your knees and speak to Jesus. Get serious before it is too late, because once you die, it is forever too late. Today is the day of salvation. Speak to Jesus today, and hear from Him, every day. Ask Him: “Lord am I still in your way? Lord please guide, me please teach me.” It is not about your church attendance or your Bible knowledge or your faith, it is about your obedience to Jesus, your relationship with Him. If you have none, you don’t know Him and He will turn you away. Make sure today that you are right with Jesus and stay right with Him until the very end. Nobody else can do it for you. You and I need to look after our own salvation and stay with Jesus until the very end.
May Jesus bless you.