“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”
– Titus 2:11 (KJV)
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. – Luke 21:36 (KJV)
We live in dangerous times. Very dangerous that Christ warned us that if the day be not shortened, no flesh shall be saved. It is therefore a thing of mercy that the Father has shortened the day so that we have hope that when Christ comes, He will meet faith in the earth.
But Christ equally warned us that there are duties and responsibilties believers must be faithful to IF we are to be counted worthy to escape all the temptations, corruption and woes that shall befall the men of these end times, and for us to be counted worthy to stand before Him justified. The Puritan of old calls these the means of grace. These are channels and avenues God has ordained in Christ Jesus through which the Holy Spirit sanctifies and keeps us sanctified, engergizes us to holy and good living, and worketh in us both to will and to do of God’s pleasure.
These avenues are chiefly prayer and fasting, study and hearing of the Word, worship and fellowship with faithful believers, evangelism, meditation and charity.
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Unless our faith makes us pine after holiness, it is no better than the faith of devils, and perhaps it is not even so good as that.