Simply from the Scriptures

from the Church of Christ in Richmond Indiana
When the children of Israel entered the promised land they were to go to Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal to hear the blessings the Lord would give, if they obeyed the Law (Mount Gerizim), and to hear the cursings the Lord would bring about if they disobeyed the Law (Mount Ebal): “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known. And it shall come to pass, when the Lord thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal.” Deut. 11:26-29 (KJV) This is restated later: “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth…” Deut. 28:1 (KJV) “But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:” Deut. 28:15 (KJV) After noting the cursings that would take place, a rather significant statement is made: “When such a person hears the words of this oath, he invokes a blessing on himself and therefore thinks, "I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way." This will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry. The Lord will never be willing to forgive him; his wrath and zeal will burn against that man. All the curses written in this book will fall upon him, and the Lord will blot out his name from under 1

heaven. The Lord will single him out from all the tribes of Israel for disaster, according to all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law.” Deut. 29:19-21 (NIV) In consideration of these thoughts, we may ask, “What does this have to do with me?” The answer is, “much!” I submit two passages to consider: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4 (KJV) Paul wrote to those in Corinth: “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea…[9] Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Cor. 10:1, 9-11 (KJV) In applying this to our time, we must not think that we can sin and that sin not have an adverse effect on our salvation. Just as the one who disobeyed God’s word in the Old Testament would suffer, so will the hardened sinner who believes his sin is inconsequential to his salvation. Though we may try, directing our own footsteps is not within ourselves. This too was noted in the Old Testament: “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.” Jeremiah 10:23-24 (KJV) Man needs guidance. The wise man will seek guidance and correction from God. Solomon wrote: “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of

understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” Proverbs 1:5 (KJV) God’s word is what brings life and light into our world. The psalmist wrote: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105 (KJV) Some people in the Old Testament resisted guidance. They suffered greatly for their evil deeds. They did not want guidance from the Lord to the extent they would rather listen to lies than the truth: “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:” Isaiah 30:8-12 (KJV) There are still people today with the same problem: “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thes. 2:9-12 (KJV) Regardless of the time, those who resist God and have delight in false doctrines will suffer God’s wrath. We must have God to guide us. We can believe we are sincerely correct and be completely wrong. This is so important of a warning that God has it repeated in two proverbs: “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, 2

but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 16:25 (KJV) “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12 (KJV) I cannot think I am saved…I must know if I am saved I cannot think I am saved…I must know if I am saved. This is not a statement of pride, it is a statement of awareness. Paul commands: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.” 2 Cor. 13:5-6 (KJV) We cannot think we are saved if we are in sin. We must heed the warnings given in the Bible that were noted in this bulletin (there are more). I close with this passage for all’s consideration, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Gal. 6:7-8 (KJV) Douglas R. Clark  
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Proverbs 28:14: Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief