Matthew 10:21 Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
HOW WILL WE KNOW THAT THE END IS NEAR?
Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:5-14 what to look for before and at the end of the age.
Notice that in this passage everything Christ mentioned is happening today: False prophets have been predicting the dates when Christ will return, some say He has already returned, many are being led astray, there are definitely wars and rumors of wars, and Christians are martyred and persecuted more frequently than ever before. This takes us through verse 7.
HOW DID JESUS REFER TO THIS TIME?
Jesus said this is the “beginning of sorrows” and:
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. Matthew 24:8
Again He tells us…
13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
DID JESUS MEAN ONLY THOSE WHO ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO ENDURE WILL BE SAVED?
If so, did He mean those who are able to work until the the end of their lives will be saved? Perhaps He meant those who remain faithful until the end of their lives will be saved? Certainly those who endure, will be saved, but the question is…
WHO WILL ENDURE?
The Bible clearly teaches that we are saved by grace through faith in Christ and His blood He shed as atonement for our sins. The Bible says those whose names are written in the Lambs book of life will enter into eternal life with the Lord. The Bible says that if we confess the Lord Jesus Christ with our mouths and believe that God raised Him from the dead we will be saved. The Bible also says that the Holy Spirit of God places His seal on all true believers.
The seed that sprouted and took root grew and produced fruit. Later when He explained the parable He said:
“But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.”
We know that under the New Covenant our righteousness is counted in Christ. Still we are able to find comfort in the Psalmist words:
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:19
So what are we to conclude?
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19
I believe it is safe to conclude that the One who saves us is the One who enables us to endure. Those who are saved by grace through faith will endure. We will be able to endure because we have within us the Holy Spirit who has sealed us.
*The thing that caused me to begin to think about these things this day was the song “He is Yahweh”. It may be the most beautiful song of this century. If you haven’t heard it, you really should! Please listen and enjoy!