Let the Righteous Still Do Right

Revelation 22:10-11 ESV

“And he said to me, ‘Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.’”

The longer that we live on the earth, the closer it is for our Lord’s return. And I look forward to that day with great anticipation. But there is a sad reality to it all and that is that not everyone who says to Jesus, “Lord, Lord,” is going to enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one DOING the will of God the Father who is in heaven (see Matthew 7:21-23).

Just because you prayed a prayer once to “receive Jesus into your heart,” or you “called on God,” or you confessed him as Lord and you believed that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead, it does not mean that you have eternal salvation which cannot be taken away from you and that heaven is guaranteed you as your eternal destiny regardless of how you live your life.

For we cannot build our doctrine of salvation around a few select passages of Scripture taught out of context. We have to read the whole context to get the whole picture. So, just because it says to call on the Lord and you will be saved, it doesn’t mean that is all there is to it. Paul wrote the entire book of Romans as one complete letter, so we need to read the whole thing.

For he said in Romans 6 that we are slaves to the one we obey, and if that be sin, it will end in death, but if it be obedience, it will lead to righteousness and to sanctification, and its end is eternal life (see Romans 6:16-23). And in Romans 8 he wrote that the righteous requirement of the law is fulfilled in us who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit, for if we walk according to the flesh we will not inherit eternal life (Romans 8:1-14).

So who are the evildoers and the filthy? Many of them are those who are professing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who are claiming heaven as their eternal destiny. For the righteous are those who are living righteously, not just those who claim they are righteous. All throughout the New Testament we are taught that those who are inheriting eternal life with God are those who have and are putting sin to death and who are living holy lives in obedience to the Lord, in the power of God, in a present reality.

[Lu 9:23-26; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-17; Eph 4:17-24; 1 Pet 2:24; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; Tit 2:11-14; Rom 12:1-2; Col 3:5-10; Gal 5:16-21; Eph 5:3-11; Gal 6:7-8; Rom 2:6-8; Heb 10:26-27; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Matt 7:21-23; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15; Eph 2:8-10; Heb 12:1-2; Jn 6:44; 2 Pet 1:1; Rom 8:24; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 1:18; Ac 26:18]

Revelation 22:12-13 ESV

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

When Jesus Christ returns to the earth to judge the people of the earth and to take his bride to be with him for eternity he is going to pay each one of us for what we have done. That payment could be a reward for our walks of faith and obedience to the Lord or it could be condemnation to all who refused to bow the knee to Jesus and to obey his commands.

“He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality” (Romans 2:6-11).

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:7-8).

[Also: 2 Co 5:10; 1 Co 6:9-10; Rev. 2-3; 1 Pet 1:17-21; Gal 5:16-21; Eph 5:3-6; Rom 6:16-23; Rom 8:1-14; Jn 15:1-11; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10]

Revelation 22:14-15 ESV

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”

You may profess faith in Jesus Christ, and you may claim heaven as your eternal destiny, but if sin is what you practice, and if righteousness is not what you practice, you will die in your sins. You will not inherit eternal life with God. For all who make sin their practice, who deliberately and habitually sin against the Lord will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

So, if you professed faith in Jesus but if you are living in sexual immorality, lying about it to cover it up, hoping non one else will know, and if you are making self and the things and the people of this world your idols and God is not truly Lord (Owner-Master) of your life, for you do not submit to him as Lord of your life, if you do not repent of your sin and follow Jesus in obedience to his commands, then you are on the outside, not on the inside.

For those who have washed their robes are not those who merely give lip service to the Lord while Jesus is not their Lord, but they are those who have surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ and who by faith in Christ are walking according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh. They are those who by the Spirit are putting to death the deeds of the flesh and who are walking in holiness and righteousness by the grace of God.

For Jesus said that if anyone would come after him he must deny self, take up his cross daily (daily die to sin and to self) and follow (obey) him. For if we hold on to our old lives of living in sin and for self we will lose them for eternity. But if we die with Christ to sin that we might live to Christ and to his righteousness, for the sake of Jesus, then we have eternal life (see Luke 9:23-26; cf. Ephesians 4:17-24; Romans 6:1-23; 1 John 1:5-9).

Also, God’s grace to us is not permission to keep on in deliberate and habitual sin against the Lord. For his grace, which brings salvation, instructs us to renounce (to say “No” to) ungodliness and fleshly lusts, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives while we wait for our Lord’s soon return (see Titus 2:11-14).

For Jesus died on that cross to deliver us from our slavery (addiction) to sin so we would now be slaves of God and of his righteousness, no longer living under the control of Satan and sin. For if we remain slaves to sin it ends in death not life eternal (Romans 6:1-23). For Jesus died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Peter 2:24) and that we might no longer live for ourselves but for him who gave his life up for us (2 Corinthians 5:15,21).

So, if your faith in Jesus is in profession only but you are still walking according the flesh and not according to the Spirit, please know that the Scriptures do not teach that you will inherit eternal life. We must die with Christ to sin that we might live to him and to his righteousness. Only those who are practicing righteousness are righteous. Those who make sin their practice will not inherit eternal life (see 1 John 3:4-10).

But for those of us who are walking according to the Spirit, by the Spirit, and who are not walking according to the flesh, we have that hope of eternal life with God, and so we can look forward to his return with great anticipation.

Until Then

By Unknown

My heart can sing when I pause to remember
A heartache here is but a steppingstone
Along a trail that’s winding always upward,
This troubled world is not my final home.

The things of earth will dim and lose their value
If we recall they’re borrowed for a while;
And things of earth that cause the heart to tremble,
Remembered there will only bring a smile.

This weary world with all its toil and struggle
May take its toll of misery and strife;
The soul of man is like a waiting falcon;
When it’s released, it’s destined for the skies.

But until then my heart will go on singing,
Until then with joy I’ll carry on,
Until the day my eyes behold the city,
Until the day God calls me home.

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