Christians are Scarcely Saved!?

Thoughts this morning March 17th, 2021

cross2 If “… the righteous scarcely be saved…” What does this say to us today Christians? As many live affluently seeking to gain more things, with no worries of tomorrow yet we as Christians are we different? Do we know the sufferings of Christ? Do we know anything of pain in our lives? Maybe the thorn in our flesh is a ailment, or an injury that brings us pain – but does it humble you? I speak as one with experience, it does. So do you let it drag you down or will you do as the Apostle says and commit to “…well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” Jesus bought us at a high price and we are scarcely saved! Let us walk through the pain and know that inexpressible joy with peace on the other side!  

1 Peter 4:12-19
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or [as] a thief, or [as] an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if [any man suffer] as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls [to him] in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”

“We must tell people what we have learned. . . that no darkness can keep out God’s marvelous light. They will believe us, because we’ve been here.”
– Betsie ten Boom 
This quote of Betsie ten Boom’s words of hope, said to her sister Corrie ten Boom shortly before Betsie died in the Ravensbruck concentration camp and Corrie was released. Cited on page 72 of Corrie: The Lives She’s Touched by Joan Winmill Brown (Worldwide Pictures, 1979). From Herescope December 2009

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