Lawlessness Will Be Increased

Matthew 24:9-14 ESV

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

Jesus was speaking here to his disciples about the sign of his coming and of the end of the age. First he spoke of false christs and wars and nations rising against each other and famines and earthquakes and the beginning of birth pains. Then he went on to talk about the persecution that we would face for our testimonies for Jesus Christ. For many of us will be delivered up to tribulation and put to death, and we will be hated by all nations for the sake of the name of Jesus Christ.

And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And this is definitely happening in our day and time, not that it hasn’t been like that ever since Jesus died and rose again and ascended back to the Father. But today I believe this is largely a result of people believing false prophets and teachers who are wolves in sheep’s clothing, and because they are following their teachings instead of the teachings of Christ. For these false teachers are very cunning and crafty in their deceitful scheming.

Many are buying into a diluted gospel message which reduces the gospel of our salvation to forgiveness of sins and a guarantee of heaven when we die, but they do not teach God’s righteous requirements of repentance, submission to Christ as Lord, and obedience to our Lord’s commands (New Covenant). And so they have demonized those of us who do teach repentance, submission, and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ, saying that we are teaching works salvation.

But we are not teaching works salvation. We do not promote the idea that there is anything we can do in our flesh to earn or to deserve our own salvation. But our salvation is not absent of works. It is just that they are the works of God which he had planned for us that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). For Jesus died on that cross that we might die with him to sin and live to him and to his righteousness, and that we would now live for him and not for ourselves (1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 5:15,21).

For when we believe in Jesus Christ with God-given faith, we are crucified with Christ in death to sin, and we are raised with him to walk in newness of life in him, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. So, we are to let not sin reign in our mortal bodies, to make us obey its passions. For if sin is what we obey, and not obedience, it will end in death, not in life everlasting (Romans 6:1-23; Ephesians 4:17-24).

Now, since so many are believing a diluted gospel today, lawlessness has definitely increased, for many are teaching that freedom from the Old Covenant is freedom from all laws and restrictions. And so they are teaching that we do not have to repent of our sins or submit to Christ as Lord or obey his commandments (New Covenant). And so many professing Christians are continuing in deliberate and habitual sin and they are not walking in righteousness and in obedience to their Lord.

And because lawlessness has increased, and so many people are buying into the false teaching that does not require death to sin and walks of obedience to the Lord, the love of many has grown cold, too. Many professing Christians are continuing in deliberate and habitual sin without conscience, without remorse, and without compassion for those they are sinning against. And they think they are entitled to live like this because of what Jesus did for us on that cross in taking our sin upon himself.

But the one who endures to the end will be saved. Please pay attention to those words. We are not saved by a one-time in our life profession of faith in Jesus Christ. We are saved by God’s grace, but through a faith which is gifted to us by God and is authored by Christ and which means we are persuaded by God as to his holiness and righteousness, and of our sinfulness, and of our need to repent of our sins and to walk in obedience to our Lord’s commands (New Covenant), which we are doing.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. And the gospel of Jesus Christ is going forth and is being shared throughout the world, and a lot of that is happening via the internet where we can share the gospel, and it goes out to people in all different nations. But when it reaches all nations, then the end will come. But will you be ready? You have to turn from your sins and you must follow Jesus in obedience to his ways.

[Matt 7:21-23; Matt 24:9-14; Lu 9:23-26; Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14,24; Rom 12:1-2; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; 1 Co 1:18; 1 Co 15:1-2; 2 Tim 1:8-9; Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 1:5; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 2:8-10; Eph 4:17-32; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-17; 1 Pet 2:24; Tit 2:11-14; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6,24-25; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 3:6,14-15; Heb 10:23-31; Heb 12:1-2; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]

There’s a Stirring

By Annie Herring

There’s a stirring deep within me
Could it be my time has come
When I’ll see my gracious savior face to face when all is done
Is that his voice I am hearing?
‘Come away, my precious one’
Is he calling me?
Is he calling me?

I will rise up, rise up
And bow down
And lay my crown
At his wounded feet

Is that His voice I am hearing?
‘Come away, my precious one’

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