Present Yourselves a Living Sacrifice Unto the Lord
We will be known by our fruit. The one who claims to know God, who does righteousness is righteous. You don't have to wonder, "are they saved …
Romans 12:1-2 - present your bodies a living sacrifice
Since our Lord paid the ultimate price that we can never repay, we owe it to Him to live righteously in the earth. It is a debt we can never repay, yet we are indebted nonetheless. How dare we not make every effort to bring God glory by living above reproach, in the world but not of it, amongst a wicked and adulterous generation, unspotted by the world.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Far from giving us a free ride on faith, Paul makes it clear that living wrongly will seriously cost us.
Romans 8:13 (KJV)
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Colossians 3:5-7 (KJV)
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
The Lord indicated that following Him would mean denying ourselves.
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Yeshua prophesied about end times, when many false ones would rise deceiving many and what we must do in order to be saved:
Matthew 24:5-13 (KJV)
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
We must abide in the Lord, by continuing in His love and bearing much fruit, through obedience to the Messiah and the Father. The consequence of not rightly abiding in relationship with the Lord is that we will be thrown into the lake of fire.
John 15:1-11 (KJV)
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
We will be known by our fruit. The one who claims to know God, who does righteousness is righteous. You don't have to wonder, "are they saved? They claim the name of Christ, but they are a thief... They claim the name of Christ, but they are a liar... They claim the name of Christ but they swindle people... hmmm are they saved... well I don't know but let's hope they said a prayer of salvation..."
No, this is utter madness. Scripture makes it clear:
1 John 2:29
If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
1 John 3:7
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
Dear brothers and sisters, read the word, study, show yourselves approved, and test yourself to see if you are actually living in the true faithwalk, in right relationship with the Lord.