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June 9, 2017, 9:18 AM

Conqueror or faithless coward?

Church Family,

Are you a conqueror or a coward?

Revelation 21:7-8 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son8But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

The power of verse 7. Such hope, such joy, such an amazing promise to look forward to. Then comes verse 8. Is there anyone who does not fit into verse 8? Is there anyone who did not cower away from furthering the gospel because of their comfort or preferences? Any who did not fail to keep the faith? Any who did not lie, hate their brother(murder), or lust once?

All that joy, hope, and peace comes crashing down.

We need God's grace. We need to remember that God loves us. If this verse is true and it is, then other verses like:

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

All these are also true. There is only one way to conquer. Only one way to eternal life. Only one way to be a child of God. His name is Jesus. All who call upon the name of Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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