When a sinner hears the gospel of Jesus Christ, accepts Him and is born again, he becomes a child of God. His past sins are forgiven and he is accepted into the household of God. However, that does not mean that he will stay there. Many accept Jesus, but do not go on to follow and obey Him. They believe they are saved, but they go back to sin. Some serve Jesus for a while and then turn away from Him, like the prodigal son. They go and do the most heinous sins. They are still God’s children, but they are lost, dead in sin. If they should die in that condition, they will go into hell.
We read in the parable of the prodigal son, the father said: “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.” Luke 15:24.
Not all God’s children will enter heaven, only those who serve and obey Him. Those who keep on sinning will perish. The wages of sin is death.
God will reward every man, both believers and unbelievers, according to their deeds.
Many Christians are living in sin and believe that Jesus died in their place, for their sins and that they will be pardoned because they believe in Jesus and are children of God. They are deceived. We read in Romans 2:4-11. “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? 5But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,6who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS: 7to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; 8but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. 9There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, 10but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11For there is no partiality.”
Not only do we have to live holy, but we have to work for the kingdom of God. We have to bear fruit, multiply and bring others to Jesus. Many have repented and are living holy but they are unfruitful for the kingdom of God. They are not building onto the kingdom of God. Many are building their own churches, making religious converts, not disciples of Jesus Christ. We read in 1 Corinthians 3:11 “For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” The scripture is not speaking about sinning Christians, it is talking about children of God that are busy with dead religious practices. Their religion is worthless for the kingdom of God.
We can only bear fruit for the kingdom
of God if we stay in Christ, in obedience to Jesus and His words,
being led by the Holy Spirit.
Sinning Christians, born again children of God, who do not live holy will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. Proverbs 3:12 “for the LORD disciplines the one he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.” Many children of God balk, shrink away, when God disciplines them, therefor they persist in their wrongful ways. They do not yield, repent and obey the Father. They never learn to walk in His ways. They always go astray, break out and go with the world and the sinners.. They are not suitable for the kingdom of heaven.
It is only the obedient, faithful children of God that will inherit His kingdom. The rebels and fornicators will be cast out and end up in hell with the children of disobedience.
Never become complacent. Apply yourself to holiness, obedience to Jesus and work hard for the kingdom of God. Many children of God will not make it into heaven. Jesus said: “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”
May Jesus bless you.