Gerry Almond (3
alert...time is running out fast!"
Whether or not you are ready depends on how you live your
life. It is never too late to start. Read on.
I suggest that many people do not know what it means to “work out
your own salvation with fear and trembling” in the proper way that
the Bible presents it. I believe that it is just another way
of saying that “faith without works is dead, being alone”.
In other words faith ALWAYS exhibits in works of some sort.
Why this subject at this time? Because Yahushua (Jesus
Christ) is coming to get His bride, WHO IS CHASTE, WITHOUT SPOT OR
BLEMISH, who is obedient and surrendered to Him, who is working
for His Kingdom when He comes. That’s why!
The Apostle Paul told us all about it in I Corinthians 3:15 and
following. There he presented the FACT that all born again
ones, secure in their salvation, are just the same building a
heavenly house. One day, that house will be tried by the
fiery eyes of our Lord. The question is, will it stand?
The Bible is in perfect harmony on the matter of salvation by
grace alone, yet that conversion which brings the entry of the
blessed Holy Spirit produces a life of good works in the
believer. And these works are the BUILDING MATERIALS that
form the heavenly house. So, when we work out our salvation
by good works, we build a house. Isn’t that neat?
Oh, but what about the house? That can be quite a story in
itself. The house consists of several elements. These
are given by Paul as:
1. The foundation
2, The materials
c. Precious stones
The foundation is Jesus Christ Himself. Our belief in Him
secures for us an eternal life where He is. We do nothing to
obtain the foundation other than believe in Him for everlasting
life (John 3:16). God has given gifts to men who have
accepted His Son. These gifts come with repentance, that is,
God will never take His gift back. So, it falls to the Holy
Spirit to determine the sincerity of the profession of faith to
the saving of the soul and rebirth of the spirit of the man or
woman, boy or girl. This is called eternal security.
But as posited above, what about the house? Good works
following salvation are stored in heaven and described as gold,
silver and precious stones. Upon that blessed foundation,
Jesus Christ, each of us builds a house. Do as God leads and
commands and your house will be as huge as God gives you time and
opportunity to build it, and do as He directs and much gold will
be there. Some silver and precious stones to be sure, but
hopefully gold. Disobey God’s direction and the house will
be made of wood, hay, or even stubble. Gold, silver and
precious stones cannot dissolve in fire, but wood, hay, and
Now get the picture. At the judgment seat of Christ, our
house will be displayed and then tried by the fiery eyes of our
Savior and Lord. If it is mostly wood, hay and stubble, it
will burn up. But if it is mostly gold, silver, and precious
stones, it will abide. To the extent that the house survives
the fire, you will receive rewards. To the extent that it
burns in the fire, you will suffer loss of rewards.
If, God forbid, the entire house burns because there is no gold,
or silver, or precious stones in it, you will nevertheless be
saved. Why? Because the foundation cannot be
destroyed. You have the foundation already, because you have
been saved and therefore are eternally secure, because it depends
on God alone and not you or me. You have the foundation
therefore before you can stand at the judgment seat of
Christ. Otherwise, you won’t even be there.
There is much talk today about the soon coming rapture of the
Bride. Beloved, this is no joke. You and I have little
time left in which to build up our house. We can only do
this as Paul N. F. kept saying in his daily devotions posted here
on Five Doves. He said, “obedience is the main key”.
We must obey God in order to please Him. And that means we
obey His word, the Holy Bible as the ONLY guide for faith and
practice in our daily walk with Him. This is gold building
The hallmark of Christians is that they loved on another.
This, I believe, is the most pleasing work we can do for our Lord
after obedience. Trust and obey, love without dissimulation,
and keep on keeping on. Buy up the time, for the days are
Resolve to leave the cesspool of this world’s system with its
greed and sinfulness, and turn to God. Live for Him in
prayer, and whatever works God puts your hands to. He will
guide you, He said He would.
Christ is at the door, beloved fellow Christians.