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The ones who find the narrow gate, better be aware of false prophets. They portray saying and doing the right thing, but they will lead you astray. Jesus is warning us that no church is exempt from them; they will be among us. They will act and talk like us, but are bearing the fruits of the Spirit. Since their heart is not cut (changed) they CANNOT bear Christ's fruits. So look past appearance; look at the heart!
Now that you've got a qualified guy leading the church, then what? How then as Christians ought we to live as to our different vocations or identities? The answer might be expected or traditional, but you could be surprise. Listen all the way through.
God looks beneath the surface to our hearts. We should prioritize intimacy with God as we engage in ministry for god.
If you would die today, how would you know that you will enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Is it something you have done and that you trust in? Like "I am a good person" or "I am baptized" or "I go to church every Sunday". Or is it your proclamation that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried in a grave and rose again on the third day. That He is alive today and that He is the Master of your life.
As God spoke the Ten Commandments, did you feel fear for God? If we are ever to be in God's presence, we have to be holy before Him. The Israelite's asked Moses to speak to them in place of God, as they knew they could not keep the commandments. Today we also fall short of keeping God's law. Trust in Jesus, as He did not come to abolish the Law, He came to fulfill it.
As in John the Baptist's day, so also today, there are many people who profess to belong to God's people who are unprepared. For, people place to much confidence in a heritage or pedigree or past religious act without every having truly come to terms with the gospel and so turned to the Lord in repentance and faith. With God's help, we can examine our lives and often easily find clues as to whether we have truly repented or not. For, repentance means turning from self and sin to the authority and provision of God. When we have truly repented, then, our good works will provide evidence that we take God's authority and His will for our lives seriously. For, the Scriptures are clear that we are saved BY grace but TO good works as we are conformed into the likeness of Jesus. Of course, these good works are still the product of God's gracious work in our lives, making us ready, willing, and able to do His will. That being said, we are not called to be fruit inspectors of our fellow believers. Instead, we are to carefully examine our own lives and warn others to do the same. So, live like you have really repented. Like the crowd in John's day, seek to discern God's will, focusing especially on your possessions and power. Then, do what God says.
The qualifications of eternal life with God, & what He allows us to become, all because of what He alone has done for us.
These words of Jesus to both the sheep and the goats can sound dangerously close to an endorsement of works righteousness, which we know is wrong. So if we aren’t going to toss the whole Protestant Reformation along with a third of the Bible, there must be some qualifiers in operation.