Reprobates are people who live opposite the teachings and practices of Jesus Christ and God’s Word. They conform to the world and continue without fear.
Paul thought of himself as being capable of being rejected by Christ. He considered his body an enemy with which he had to contend. He continually put the sin of his flesh to death by abstaining from that which would make his soul a slave to his body. In other words, he denied himself and brought his body into subjection to his spirit as it was governed by the Spirit of God.
If Paul, the great missionary of his day, dreaded he could become unacceptable or undeserving, should this not cause us to fear the same?
In 2 Timothy 3:1-7, Paul warned, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.”
When people will not search for the evidence of truth, they are filled with falsehood and lies. It is not that all sins in this list are in every person, but each person is capable of these sins. God knows that this evil comes from the heart of man. For people deep in sin, sin seems natural. Their only issue is with the sense of guilt.
There is a belief that there is divine good in every person, and all we have to do is point this out, and the divine good will become a raging zeal. Not so, according to God’s Word. This leaves out the doctrine of grace, and the doctrine of Christ’s atoning death.
Society does not possess the good that can satisfy God. He has to help society by His grace and the salvation Jesus Christ purchased. Where do you stand with the Lord today? Ask Him.
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