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Vol.  9  No. 8 August 2007  Page 15
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Does Man Contribute to his Own Salvation?

Tim Childs

By Tim Childs

    “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). Our secular world is like the Sadducean sect of Jesus’ day in that there is the disbelief in the spirit (or soul) of man (Acts 23:7-8). We must guard against being influenced by such a worldview so we, too, get hung up on the periphery. Our discerning Lord rebuked the “spiritual elite” of his day for their focus on the exterior rather than the inner man. They were basically concerned how things looked to others around them. In his censure, Matthew records Jesus’ piercing words: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity” (Matthew 23:27-28).

Are You Fit to Live In?

    There are a number of considerations we undertake when we are searching for a new house. There are important questions to ask the realtor or current homeowner. There are things the prospective buyer or other professional wants to look for when going through the visual inspection. If we are careless in the examination, there could be significant underlying problems that could be costly to repair down the road. Do the drains flow properly? Is the electrical system up to date? Are the floor joists and sub floor in good shape or have they become rotten due to moisture? Has the house been protected against termites?

    So, the question for our due consideration: “Are you fit for God to live in?” Will God take up permanent residence just anywhere? Remember he does not “camp out” out front of the gate where the fence is freshly painted to cover the rust and stains. Is a tomb (with its accompanying odor) the best we have to offer our gracious Father? Think of the honor of having God’s continual presence. He deserves the best. Let’s give it to him!

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