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(9) ... Not "ALL" Christians / Saints will "rule" and "reign" with Christ

November 16, 2015

Satan has done maybe his most masterful job in "blinding" today’s Church to many Biblical truths. Not only does Satan hate humans because they are made in God’s image, but because Satan lost his position of being the highest ranking angel before he sinned, he cannot stand the thought of Christians ruling and reigning with Christ.

The Church has been "deceived" into believing that all Christians will rule and reign with Christ. However, a closer examination of the "Scriptures" will reveal to us that there will be many Christians who will not rule and reign with Christ. 

Satan does not want Christians to know "this little known truth" which has not been understood by the Church today.

It is Christians who have practiced "applying" the "overcoming" Christian principles to their lives that will rule and reign with Christ. Christians who have not practiced "applying" the "overcoming" Christian principles to their lives, "will not qualify" to rule and reign with Christ.

Philippians 3:14 is a MONUMENTAL Passage of "Scripture" for a Christian to understand. After a careful  examination of  this Passage of "Scripture," if we are able to come to an understanding of the "profound truth" that is in this Passage of "Scripture," then it becomes clear as to why this Passage of "Scripture" is of MONUMENTAL importance for a Christian to understand.

The widespread teaching of the Church today, is that all Christians will rule and reign with Christ. However, upon careful examination of the "Scriptures," the Written Word of God tells us differently.

The Lord through "His" Written Word, is wanting us to understand that Salvation through Grace is "His" free gift to those who accept JESUS as their Lord and Saviour, and to understand that after a person's Salvation that there is a "prize" that awaits all those who "press toward the mark" for that "prize," which is the "high calling" of God for us in Christ Jesus.

The "prize" is that of ruling and reigning with Christ, which can only be obtained through a Christian becoming qualified. (qualified - i.e. having been made fit for a position or purpose) Not all Christians will be qualified to rule and reign with Christ.

In fact, one such example can be found in Revelation 3:16, in which JESUS tells the Laodicean Church that because of it's "lukewarm condition" that "HE" is going to spew them out of "His" mouth. (i.e. because they were not applying the "overcoming" Christian principles to their lives, they will not rule and reign with "Him") 

NOTE: JESUS was warning those who were in a "lukewarm condition," that "if they continued" to stay in that condition, "the final results" would be that they will not rule and reign with "Him" when "HE" returns to set up and establish "His" Kingdom here on earth.

When JESUS made that statement, "HE" was addressing Christians. There is no such thing as a lukewarm non-believer. "Only a Believer in Christ can become lukewarm."

JESUS also gives us several more examples in some of "His" parables, which can be difficult to understand when trying to decipher the true meaning.

Having obtained the free gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ does not in itself qualify us to rule and reign with Christ.

After the free gift of Salvation, the Lord wants us to have the understanding that there is a "prize" that awaits Christians, but is not automatically awarded to each and every Christian, but is only awarded to those who "press toward the goal" of obtaining that "prize" which the Apostle Paul speaks about.

Salvation through Jesus Christ puts us in position to have the opportunity to qualify for obtaining the "prize" of ruling and reigning with Christ.

The Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 3:14 that he was always "pressing toward the mark" for the "prize" of the "high calling" of God in Christ Jesus.

The Apostle Paul had already obtained his Salvation through Grace, so this is not the "prize" that he is speaking about. Also, he had already obtained his gifting from God to carry out his earthly ministry, so this is not the "prize" that he is speaking about.

The Apostle Paul understood that if a Christian is not careful and not wise to the tactics of the enemy, that he or she can easily "miss the mark" of obtaining the "prize," which is to rule and reign with Christ.

I believe that this was constantly on the Apostle Paul’s mind. The Apostle Paul was so concerned about this, that in the 9th Chapter of 1st Corinthians, he tells us that we are to run the race and finish the race in order to obtain the "prize."

The Apostle Paul states the last thing that he wanted was to become a "castaway" himself. The word "castaway" in the Greek means: unapproved, rejected, disqualified

Even though the Apostle Paul had obtained his Salvation through Grace, and had obtained a very powerful gifting to carry out his earthly ministry, he recognized that if he did not run the race and finish it, that he would himself be "disqualified" from obtaining the "prize" of ruling and reigning with Christ.

The Apostle Paul was determined to not allow himself "to lose sight" of "pressing toward the mark" for the "prize" of ruling and reigning with Christ.

JESUS tells us in Revelation 3:21, "To him that overcometh, will I grant to sit with "ME" on my throne." (i.e. "HE" will grant the "prize" of ruling and reigning with "Him" to Christians who have practiced "applying" the "overcoming" Christian principles to their lives).

When we are able to grasp the revelation of what "pressing toward the mark" for the "prize" of the "high calling" of God in Christ Jesus truly entails, then some of the difficult to understand sayings of JESUS, and the meaning of some of the difficult to understand parables of JESUS, become more clear to our understanding. 

A "major blind spot" of  today's Church, has been, and is, it's lack of understanding of the difference of "entering" the Kingdom of God, and "inheriting" the Kingdom of God. Only those who "inherit" the Kingdom of God, will rule and reign with Christ!

Without a doubt, "a top priority of Satan" is to keep as many Christians as he can from obtaining the "prize" of ruling and reigning with Christ. A main objective of Satan is to "blind" people from their understanding of  Biblical truth!

 

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