Topic: Abiding Salvation
Text: Ezekiel 9:5-11
Key Verse: “Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house”(Ezekiel 9:6).
That those who truly believe in Christ and have been saved from sin will not be part of the judgment and wrath that God will bring upon the entire world is a comforting and reassuring fact of the Scripture. We have several examples and illustrations in the Bible that attest to this truth. We can easily recall the experience of the children of Israel in Egypt.
As God determined to bring the judgment of death on all the first born of Egypt, He instructed the children of Israel to mark their door post with blood of a lamb which they were to slay so that they would be protected from the angel of destruction (Exodus 12:13). Our passage re-echoes this fact. God had determined to bring judgment upon the faithless people in the land but decided first to put a mark upon all the faithful of the land so that they will not be part of the destruction. The mark on the faithful was to show that they belonged to God and so must not be touched by the agents of destruction that were to go through the land. Note that the destruction was to begin from the sanctuary. This shows that it is possible to be in the church and not belong to God. It is sad to know that there are so many people in the church today that truly do not belong to God.
They are still involved in all forms of atrocities, abominations and wickedness. This is why judgment will begin in the house of God, and all such people will not be spared because they do not have the saving mark. If you are truly born again and living right, walking in obedience to the Word of God, the Lord has promised to spare you when He comes to judge the wicked. Therefore, do not panic or fear.
Thought for the day: We are saved as long as we abide under the blood of Christ.
Bible Reading in one Year: 1 Chronicles 9-11