An Easter Message
Jesse M. Hendley
I Corinthians 4:3-4
In this message, friends, I would like to present to you four reasons from the Bible why no born-again person can ever be condemned for his sins and be lost. It is utterly impossible.
I received a letter from a man who wrote, ‘‘There is no such thing as Eternal Security.’’ Well, the Bible doesn’t teach that. With all due respect to the man’s belief (he can believe that if he wants to) I have never been able to understand why anybody would want to go against the teaching of the Bible. The Word of God teaches that God’s people are secure in the Lord Jesus Christ. If a man wants to believe otherwise, that is his business. But, friends, there is a COVENANT in the Bible and in my heart between God and me which guarantees me as a believer in Christ that I shall never be condemned to hell.
One reason some people believe that a person can be condemned is that they confuse the judgment of the believer for his works with the judgment of the unbeliever for his sins. In First Corinthians 4:3, the Apostle Paul says, ‘‘With me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment; yea, I judge not my own self.’’ He is saying that he is not even capable of judging himself and is not concerned about men’s judgment of him. Who is the Judge of the believer? Who is the One Who examines a believer? Verse 4: ‘‘He that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come.’’
Examination by Christ
Christians will be examined by Christ when He comes, and He is going to do two things. He is going to ‘‘bring to light the hidden things of darkness,’’ and He will ‘‘make manifest the counsels of the hearts, and then shall every man have praise of God.’’
Here Paul is referring to himself and Apollos and also to the believers. He says EVERY MAN. He uses the plural: ‘‘The Lord will make manifest the counsels of the HEARTS,’’ all the hearts ...
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