Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
(Matthew 24:10-13 (NIV))
I have read this passage many times, and like all of God’s Word, it speaks differently each time. God’s Word is living. You can read something many times and each time, something new comes into view.
This time, what came to light is something that I honestly hope is just a translation issue. However, I honestly do not think that it is.
Did you see the word “most” in this passage?
“the love of MOST will grow cold”
This brings to mind that we, as the Body of Christ, have allowed false teachings in. We have started following human desires within the church instead of following God’s Word and Jesus. It also means that as we get closer to God’s ultimate plan for humanity, more and more will fall away. They will cling to human desires and understanding instead of relying on what we have been told in the Bible. We already see divisions and teachings that are based on social issues instead of Biblical truth.
That implies more than half of the people who profess a faith in Jesus will fall into wickedness!
As important as social issues appear to be, they are not what Jesus came into this world to address. He told us that we would always have the poor. He told us to stop sinning. He told us to love one another. Jesus did not preach social justice. He even told us that He would be the divisive factor even among families. Social justice does not bring salvation. Only a true profession of faith in Jesus as your Lord and Savior will bring salvation.
Don’t misunderstand my thought process.
The church is to be the light of Jesus in the world, but we are not to let the social issues divide us. Satan uses anything and everything that he can to make a believer turn away from the truth, even something that has a good purpose.
I also want you to think about this passage with respect to another point.
There are those who believe that once you are saved you are always saved. The words of Jesus in Matthew contradict that idea.
We must stand firmly upon God’s Word and not be swayed by the lies of the enemy, no matter how good they may sound.
Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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