Today’s Scripture: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15
Have you ever encountered a spiritual question that leaves you stumped? It can be very frustrating especially when you are trying to lead someone to the Lord. Often in these situations, a passage of Scripture is referenced as a salvation verse that is actually a discipleship verse. Always take things in context. If we don’t, unnecessary confusion will overtake the peace God intends for us to have in our salvation. Let’s look at a few verses that are commonly misconstrued.
- Have you ever been confronted with, “you must confess Christ publicly to be saved”? Matthew 10:32-33 states, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my father which is in Heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my father which is in heaven.” On the other hand, in Matthew 26:75, Peter denied Christ three times, yet people still refer to him as a saint. No one questions whether or not Peter is in Heaven.
- “I can’t ever be saved. I have committed the unpardonable sin.” This is another common misuse of Scripture based on Luke 12:10. The unpardonable sin has been classified as all sorts of things from committing suicide to backsliding in the faith.
What do you say to someone who uses these verses? The simple answer to the first issue is that when we are willing to testify of what God has done for us, Jesus speaks well of us before the Father. However, if we deny Christ, we will disappoint the Father and will miss out on favor and blessings. It is not a salvation verse because the chapter is directed to the “sheep” and the “apostles”. As for the second issue, the only unpardonable sin is the rejection of the Holy Ghost through the rejection of salvation. At salvation, the Holy Ghost indwells us. Christ’s precious blood shed on the cross covered every sin, not just some.
Questions will come. Be willing. Be bold. Be ready. Do not be spiritually stumped.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.