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Mark 13:3-13
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The righteous man trusts in the Lord's direction and grows, but the wicked man trusts in the direction of other wicked men and perishes.
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Romans 11:32-36
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Mark 9:42-50 AMP
Mark 9:42-50
Fiery trials of love from our Father on Earth keep us from the unquenchable fire of wrath from our Judge in Hell.
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Published October 14th, 2019; Updated October 14th, 2019
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God promises to sanctify and uphold His followers through painful discipline--this is our hope in the fight against sin and the pursuit of godliness. Jesus gives grave warnings of the consequences of both our sin and even the lack of fleeing from temptation in this text--showing effort is indeed necessary and that works are evidence and give validity to our faith. Yet, we can have Peace knowing it is God who upholds our faith and when the fiery trials do come, we can walk through them knowing they are a loving discipline from our Father that leads to eternal life.
Main point summary
God promises to sanctify and uphold His followers through painful discipline--this is our hope in the fight against sin and the pursuit of godliness. God gives grave warnings of the consequences of both our sin and even the lack of fleeing from temptation in this text--showing effort is indeed necessary and that works are evidence and give validity to our faith. Yet, we can have Peace knowing it is God who upholds our faith and when the fiery trials do come, we can walk through them knowing they are a loving discipline from our Father that leads to eternal life.
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Mark 9:42-50
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k “Whoever causes one of l these little ones who believe in me to sin, 1
If you cause a Christian to sin,
m it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
the consequences are worse than being drowned at sea.
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n And if your hand causes you to sin,
If your hand causes you to sin,
cut it off.
cut it off.
It is better for you to enter life crippled
Because it is better for you to enter Heaven having gone without
than with two hands to go to o hell, 1
Than to enjoy the pleasures of sin temporarily and go to Hell,
to p the unquenchable fire. 2
Which is an eternal fire.
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q And if your foot causes you to sin,
If your foot causes you to sin,
cut it off.
Cut it off.
It is better for you to enter life lame
Because it is better for you to go to heaven having gone without,
than with two feet to be thrown into o hell.
Than to enjoy the pleasures of sin temporarily and be thrown into Hell.
r And if your eye causes you to sin,
If your eye causes you to sin,
tear it out.
Tear it out.
It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye
Because it is better to go to heaven with one eye,
than with two eyes to be thrown into s hell,
than with both to be thrown into Hell,
‘where t their worm does not die
Where worms do not die (Isaiah)
and the fire is not quenched.’
And the fire is eternal.
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For everyone will be salted with fire. 1
Christians will be preserved via painful discipline (fiery cleansing)
v Salt is good,
Being a follower of Jesus (Matthew 5:13) is good,
w but if the salt has lost its saltiness,
But if you have not works
how will you make it salty again?
your faith is dead.
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x Have salt in yourselves,
Be godly yourself,
and y be at peace with one another.”
which leads to peace with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
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If you cause a Christian to sin, the consequences are grave.
Rid yourself of whatever causes you to sin, because it is better to go to heaven without it, than to keep it and suffer in Hell.
Christians will hold fast to their faith by the grace of gods discipline
being a follower of Jesus is good, but it will either be proven untrue by lack of works or true by godliness leading to peace with one another.
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