God disciplined the fleshly nation of Israel in order to get them to repent and turn around. They did not. The scriptures say “Yet
you have not returned to me”. (Amos 4:1-13) If he disciplined the fleshly nation of natural
Jews, will he not also examine you, the Israel of God? Judgment starts with the house of God. (1Pet 4:17) (Eph 2:19,20)
Even those ‘chosen’ to
become ‘anointed’ brothers of Jesus will be judged individually and must repent or they will not be accepted by Christ. (Rev 2:4, 5, 16, 21, 23)
If you have truly been chosen, you need to wake up from your slumber and get your lamps in order. Five of the virgins were foolish. Five were discreet. All were asleep when the call went out that the Bridegroom was approaching. (Matt 25:1-13)
The marriage feast has been prepared! Where are
you? Do you imagine that your being chosen indicates that you were already found spotless and unblemished? Are you already "full"? (Matt 5:3,6) (1Cor.4:8) (Luke 6:24,25) (Rev.3:17)(In the (NWT) of the Bible, Peter said to be finally
found by him spotless and unblemished. (2 Peter 3:14) (Matt 24:13) Jesus told his Apostles to exert themselves vigorously to get in. (Luke 13:24; 6:46) (Matt.7:21) Paul said to keep working out YOUR OWN salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) There is a refining work that is taking place right now. Who can stand? (Mal 3:2, 3) (Daniel 11:35) (Rev 3:17, 18, 19, 20, 22)
It is Jesus who will decide if you are ‘chosen’/sealed or not, when he comes to make an accounting of his slaves. Each one is inspected individually, not organizationally. (Matt 16:27)
(2 Cor 5:10) (Rom 14:12) Jesus is the master. He gave all his slaves talents. What are you doing with the talents that he gave you? (1Cor 12:7,11,27) Do not shrink back! (Hebrews 10:35, 36, 37, 38, 39) Are you content to do what other men, such as ‘The Steward’ of the WTBTS has decided you should do with those talents? Do you teach doctrines that they have decided should be taught?
Have they become your substitute for Holy Spirit? (Gal 1:11,12,16,17)!
Jesus said that the leaders of his day had made the word of God invalid because
of men's traditions. (Matt 15:3, 6, 7, 8, 9) They
teach commands of men as doctrine. Are you allowing men to decide what work that the Holy Spirit should give you to do? (1 John 2:20, 27) We must obey God as ruler rather than men. (Acts 5:29) Are you pleasing men?
(Gal 1:10, 11, 12) You cannot slave for both masters, therefore... Stop being slaves of men! (1 Cor 7:23) You
cannot abdicate your responsibilities (Matt.25:26).
You can not turn to men for what you teach (Matt.25:9; Gen.3:12; Rev.17:18; 14:8). The master committed talents to you. It is your responsibility to dispense your
talents, not the Steward’s (Gal.6:4). The Steward will be judged by Jesus. You
will be judged by Jesus. Each one will be judged individually (Rom 14:12) and can not blame another for failure (2Tim4:2)
Let him that has ears hear what the Spirit says.
Agape, Obadiah (//obadiah-blogs.blogspot.com/)