Partial Obedience Will Not Save You

  1. INTRODUCTION:

    1. MAN MAY DO SEVERAL THINGS AND STILL BE LOST!
    2. CONSIDER WITH ME A FEW OF THESE THINGS.

  2. DISCUSSION:

    1. MAN MAY HEAR AND BE LOST.
      1. This was true of:
        1. The people in Antioch.
        2. Acts 13:44-46 = "And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles."

        3. Felix.

        Acts 24:24-25 = "And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee."

      2. We are deceiving ourselves when we hear and do that which we have heard.

      James 1:22-25 = "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."

    2. MAN MAY BELIEVE AND BE LOST.
    3. Comment: This was true of the Jewish rulers.

      John 12:42-43 = "Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God."

      Matthew 10:33 = "But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."

    4. KING AGRIPPA WAS ALMOST PERSUADED TO BE A CHRISTIAN, BUT WAS
      STILL LOST.
    5. Acts 26:28 = "Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian."

    6. SIMON THE SORCERER WAS BAPTIZED AND YET LATER WAS LOST.
    7. Acts 8:13 = "Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done."
      Acts 8:18-22
      = "And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee."

    8. MAN MAY BE A DISCIPLE AND BE LOST.
      1. This was true of those who turned back and did not continue to walk with Christ.
      2. John 6:66 = "From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no 
        more with him.
        "

      3. The ones that turn back are not fit for the kingdom of God.

      Luke 9:62 = "And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, 
      and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
      "

    9. JUDAS WAS CLOSE TO THE LORD FOR AWHILE, BUT WAS LOST.
    10. Luke 22:3 = "Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve."

      Acts 1:25 = "That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which 
      Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
      "

      Note: The key that we must use to keep from being lost is to endure faithfully unto the end of
      life.

      Matthew 10:22 = "And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that
      endureth to the end shall be saved.
      "

      Revelation 2:10 = "Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life."

    11. THE PHARISEES WERE RELIGIOUS, BUT WERE CONDEMNED.
    12. Matthew 23:1-4 = "Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, 
      The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

      Matthew 23:37-39
      = "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and
      stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy 
      children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye 
      would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye 
      shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
      "

    13. JESUS SAID THAT MANY WHO HAD DONE WONDERFUL WORKS WOULD BE
      CONDEMNED.
    14. Matthew 7:21-23 = "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into 
      the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
      "

      1. This will be true for they did not do the Father’s will.
      2. Matthew 7:21 = "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into
        the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in
        heaven.
        "

      3. Obedience to the Lord is essential.

      Hebrews 5:8-9 = "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things 
      which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal 
      salvation unto all them that obey him
      ;
      "

      Revelation 22:14 = "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have
      right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
      "

    15. MANY WHO HAVE GREAT ZEAL WILL BE CONDEMNED BECAUSE THEY DID
      NOT KNOW THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD
    16. Romans 10:2 = "For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge."

      Comment: Knowledge precedes conversion.

      Matthew 13:15 = "For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of
      hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
      "

      John 8:32 = "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

    17. FIVE FOOLISH VIRGINS MADE SOME PREPARATION TO MEET THE
      BRIDEGROOM, BUT WERE NOT PERMITTED TO ENTER INTO THE WEDDING
      CHAMBER.

    Matthew 25:1-13 = "Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which
    took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
    "

    Comment: They simply were not ready when the bride came.

    Matthew 25:10 = "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut."

  3. CONCLUSION:

    1. WE HAVE LOOKED TEN EXAMPLES FROM THE SCRIPTURES THAT SHOW THAT PARTIAL OBEDIENCE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE TO THE LORD.
    2. LET ME CLOSE THIS BRIEF STUDY WITH THESE PASSAGES FROM THE EPISTLE OF JAMES:
    3. James 2:10 = "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, 
      he is guilty of all.
      "

      James 2:14 = "What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?"

      James 2:19-20 = "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils 
      also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
      "

      James 4:17 = "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it 
      is sin.
      "

    4. HOW COMPLETE IS YOUR OBEDIENCE?

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