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Deception #7 Deluded Souls

In Luke 13:22-30 we read that as Jesus was preaching to the crowds, one of them asked if only a few would be saved.  Where did the questioner get this idea?  He probably got it from  Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed  and His parable of the leaven mentioned in verses 19-21. In the parable of the mustard seed Jesus likened a little mustard seed (Christ’s Church), through the infiltration of false teachers, growing into a huge tree of false Christendom. Read Revelation 17 carefully, noting even a reference in verse 9 to the city in which this false system is headquartered.  Note also in 18:1-4 a description of this huge tree named Mystery Babylon, filled with all sorts of unclean and hateful birds which will be  destroyed in the end of time.   

Christ’s true church, composed of sinners who put their trust in Christ and were made saints by God’s grace, are warned to flee from the contamination of this huge tree; for God’s judgment is about to fall on her.  Learn more about this by reading and studying our series on PROPHECY on this web site. Another parable Jesus told was of the Leaven mixed in meal until it leavened or influenced the entire batch. As leaven or yeast influences bread dough, so the leaven of sin has a negative penetrating affect in the Church. 

For more on the parable of leaven, go to “Leaven in the Church” in our DISCIPLESHIP series. Both the Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Parable of the Leaven speak of negative influences and satanic attacks on the Church in this present age. So in Luke 13:22-30 Jesus speaks of the Day of Delusion, the Day of Opportunity, the Day of Judgment, the Day of Rejoicing and the Day of Surprise. Let’s briefly touch on these. 

THE DAY OF DELUSION 

When asked if only a few would be saved, Jesus did not give numbers but used the words  few and many in Luke 13:23-24  and again in Matthew 7:13-14.  What Jesus is saying in these passages is that many are going to be deceived and few are going to be saved. In Luke 17:26-32  Jesus likens life on earth at the time of His return,  to life before the Flood in Noah’s Day  and life in Sodom in Lot‘s day. Genesis 6:5 tells us that in the days before the Flood, “the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”.   Life in Noah’s day was so utterly wicked that God destroyed the entire human race, as well as all air breathing animals, from off the face of the earth except for one family,  Noah and his wife and their three sons and their wives, along with two of every air breathing animal,  which were saved in the ark Noah had built. 

The evidence of the world wide flood is seen in the fossils worldwide, even of mammoths in the Arctic region  which were drowned and frozen with green vegetation in their stomachs; for after the flood tremendous climatic changes occurred as the polar regions became frozen.  Read  Dr. John Whitcomb’s book,  The Genesis Flood, for more on this. Life in Sodom in Lot‘s day was so corrupt that God rained fire and brimstone on it, utterly destroying the city.  The ruins of Sodom have been discovered in the planes of Jordan, including  evidence of its molten artifacts. So as the old world was destroyed with water,  II Peter 3:6-7 warns us that this present world is one day going to be destroyed with fire.  Talk about “global warming”.  This indeed with be a moment of intense “global warming”   

The world today is filled with deluded souls who go to church and go through their religious rituals faithfully.  They know facts about Jesus, but they have never put their trust in Him alone for salvation from sin.  Their lives have never been changed by the power of God.  Deluded by their false leaders, they continue on in their sins, trusting in their churches rites and sacraments; doomed to spend eternity in hell.  They have, as Paul writes in II Timothy 3:5, a form of godliness, but deny the power of God in their lives.  In I John 5:4-5 we learn that true believers in Christ experience victory over sin.  Though not perfect, they love righteousness and hate sin.  In I John 4:1-3 we learn that the spirit of anti-christ is already at work deluding souls from the truth.  Read Luke 13:24-28 to learn the awful fate of those deluded souls who miss Heaven simply because in their self righteousness, they rejected salvation by the grace of God through faith in the shed blood of Christ. 

THE DAY OF OPPORTUNITY

  Jesus pleads with us to strive to enter the strait (narrow) gate and to get on the narrow path that leads to Heaven.  The gate or door to salvation is none other than Jesus Himself as recorded in John 10:9. It is unpopular in this world to be identified with Jesus.   You have to fight the devil to hear the truth. You have to struggle against the stream of humanity headed for Hell on the Broadway.  You have to buck public opinion and political correctness to get on the narrow way.  But there is no salvation apart from trusting Jesus alone, as Peter preached in Acts 4:12. Paul pleads with us in II Corinthians 6:1-2  to receive Christ today. 

You have no guarantee of tomorrow and you may have no desire to be saved tomorrow.  The older one grows, the harder  grows the impenitent heart.  Very few people ever come to Christ in old age, although it is not an impossibility.  Why is it so difficult to receive Christ? Two major hindrances are our pride and self-righteousness and our unwillingness to turn from our sins.  How foolish it is  to let that keep us from going to Heaven and sending us to hell.   

To reject Christ as your Saviour now is to face a closed door of salvation  as you enter eternity and hear Christ say,  “I know you not!”  Luke 13:25  If God’s Spirit is speaking to your heart of the need to be saved,  don’t delay.  Receive Him today. Simply admit you are a guilty sinner unable to save yourself and cast yourself on Jesus who paid the full penalty for your sins.  Receive Him by faith as your Saviour and know the joy of sins forgiven and His imputed righteousness.  For more detail on this, go to our SALVATION link on this web site. 

THE DAY OF JUDGMENT 

In Luke 13:25-28 Jesus warns of impending judgment on all those who reject Him as Saviour.  As God shut the door of the ark in Noah’s day before the flood began,  so God alone will shut the door to salvation for those who reject His Son, the Lord Jesus.  Eventually they will stand before the Great White Throne Judgment; not to be tried, (we’re already condemned John 3:18), but to be sentenced to everlasting Hell. That terrifying moment is recorded in Revelation 20:10-15.  Christ rejecters will spend eternity with Satan, his demons, the Anti-Christ and all those who have rejected Christ.  Hell is a place of eternal punishment in molten fire, unquenchable thirst, eternal memories of missed opportunities to be saved and utter loneliness.  Those who have put their trust in Christ and have been born again will NEVER face that judgment.  That is repeated several times in John 3, 5  and Romans 8:1-4 

THE DAY OF REJOICING 

The moment one trusts Christ and is born again by the Spirit of God, rejoicing begins.  Though the Christian life is filled with difficulties and persecution, it can be characterized by rejoicing. See Philippians 4:4.  Though the Apostle Paul lived a most difficult life of opposition and discouragement, his mind was always set on rejoicing in his wonderful salvation in Christ. Certainly we will rejoice when we meet Christ when He returns for us. Read Titus 2:11-14, I John 3:1-3  I Thess. 4:13-18 

When we arrive in Heaven we will certainly rejoice as Christ’s Bride. We will rejoice at the wedding feast.  Read Matt. 25:1-13 Revelation 19:1, 6-9 and we will rejoice throughout eternity.  And old song Christians love to sing is “When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be.  When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory.”

  THE DAY OF SURPRISE 

Finally, in Luke 13:30,  Jesus speaks of the day of His  return as a day of surprise when “the last shall be first and the first shall be last.” Some  people for whom we had great admiration will turn out to be nobodies in eternity and some people we scorned as nobodies will be great in the Kingdom of God.  The reason that will be a surprise to most of us is because our thinking and our values are so perverted by Satan, the god of this age. 

That’s why it is wise for us to learn not to try to assess the faithfulness and value of other Christians. The entire 14th chapter of Romans is given to this warning.  Paul also warns us in II Corinthians 10:10-12 to refrain from comparing ourselves with other Christians.  Those who do are not wise.  On the other hand, we are commanded to discern preachers and teachers of God’s Word by their faithfulness to the Word. Those who teach contrary to what the Bible says are to be rejected. Acts 20:28-32,  Romans 16:17-18,  Galatians 1:6-9,  Titus 3:10.

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May 23, 2006 - Posted by | Deception Series

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