Blessed First Resurrection
Part 1 By Mitch Kuhn
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As I’ve been doing some more evangelism in recent months, I’ve come across a spirit in others that does not recognize the benefit of obeying God’s commands now; once they learn that everyone is going to be saved in the end. We all experience this spirit and it is called “turning grace into lasciviousness”.
(Jud 1:4 KJV) For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
The grace of God is his chastening that will save everyone in due time.
(Tit 2:11 KJV) For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
(Tit 2:12 KJV) Teaching (chastening) us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
I was talking to a friend of mine about obeying God’s commands while she was doing something that she knew was wrong but enjoyed in the flesh. Here response was, “Well, I’ll just burn an extra 5 minutes then” referring to the lake of fire.
This is such a good representation of the flippant attitude that the carnal mind has towards God’s commands. So I wanted to share some thoughts and scriptures about why delaying obedience makes things so much worse.
Let’s start with this parable:
(Luk 12:47 NKJV) And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
(Luk 12:48 NKJV) But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
The fact that someone is even asking this question demonstrates that they KNOW they are doing something wrong. If you have no knowledge of your master’s will, you won’t be talking about the consequences of not obeying him. Once we are aware of his will, the punishment becomes far more severe…many stripes.
If you know what to do and do not do it, then it is sin:
(Jas 4:17 NKJV) Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
When we say, “yeah I know it’s sin but…it’s fun”, or if we just don’t want to go through the pain of giving up our sinful idol, we are in for a much stricter judgment that we have ever experience before.
(Heb 10:29 NKJV) Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
(Heb 10:30 NKJV) For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.”
(Heb 10:31 NKJV) It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
If we know what to do and willfully disobey, then we are trampling the son of God underfoot and counting the blood of the covenant as something common. We have no value for God’s commands or Christ’s work in our life. Bottom line- we are ungrateful and do not fear God.
(Pro 9:10 NKJV) “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
When we find out that we are disobeying God, it should be absolutely terrifying. It should drive us to get on our knees and beg and plead for mercy.
We naturally fear men and love pleasure far more than we fear God and love Him.
(Mat 10:28 NKJV) And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
The word for “soul” above is the Greek word “psuche” which is often translated as “life”.
(Luk 17:33 NKJV) Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
Matthew 10:28 is saying to not fear man who can only harm our physical body, but fear GOD who will destroy your entire old life. Our life is everything we think, believe, love, and cherish. We first have an old life that is sinful and idolatrous. God is going to utterly destroy that old life to make way for the new man within, the new life of Christ.
God can take away our very desire to even continue living. He knows how to cause everything around us and inside of us to crumble in such a way that we despair for life.
When we disobey God, what happens is the judgment is so severe that we will want to die, but cannot carry it out.
(Rev 9:6 NKJV) In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.
Even if one does commit suicide, there is no relief there either. We will be raised up in the second resurrection and cast into the lake of fire exactly where we left off, as if no time has passed at all.
I’m saying all of this to point out that the only way to get peace is to go through the fire. The more we try to avoid it or delay it, the worse it gets until we are finally crushed to powder and submit to God’s ways.
(Gal 6:7 NKJV) Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
(Gal 6:8 NKJV) For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
It is written in everyone’s book the day and hour that we will all repent of every evil action and thought and learn to do things God’s way. Nevertheless, it is still good to admonish and encourage one anther to not despise the chastening of the Lord.
(Heb 12:5 NKJV) And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “MY SON, DO NOT DESPISE THE CHASTENING OF THE LORD, NOR BE DISCOURAGED WHEN YOU ARE REBUKED BY HIM;
(Heb 12:6 NKJV) FOR WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE CHASTENS, AND SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”
The quickest path to peace, joy, and all the other fruits of the spirit is obedience. His commands are not a burden, but disobedience is a huge burden.
(1Jn 5:3 NKJV) For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
(Mat 11:28 NKJV) Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
(Mat 11:29 NKJV) Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
(Mat 11:30 NKJV) For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
This is the burden of sin:
(Rom 6:23 KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Rom 8:6 KJV) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
(Gal 5:19 KJV) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
(Gal 5:20 KJV) Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
(Gal 5:21 KJV) Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
When we know that we are sinning and continue down that path, the only thing we have to look forward to is judgment and fiery wrath of God.
(Heb 10:26 KJV) For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
(Heb 10:27 KJV) But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
The world preaches smooth things that sound so nice. Just follow the world and life will be easy, you’ll be healthy, wealthy, blessed, and just enjoy life and have fun. That delusion only lasts for a short season and then the judgment comes.
(Mat 7:24 NKJV) “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
(Mat 7:25 NKJV) and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
(Mat 7:26 NKJV) “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
(Mat 7:27 NKJV) and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
The price for disobedience is great. We all are caused by God to err from his ways and we will incur judgment to make us righteous. Once we see the right way, let us not delay in obeying, because only more and worse judgment awaits.
Just like Paul we should admonish everyone to work out their own salvation knowing that God is the one working within you to give you the strength to obey.
(Php 2:12 NKJV) Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
(Php 2:13 NKJV) for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
There is no benefit in delaying obedience. We will curse any momentary pleasure we experienced when we are in the midst of the fire and looking back.