Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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A letter from Gary Savelli.
This morning I was working on the Isaiah 58 website doing some updates. On each testimony on the website, at the top, there is a graphic montage of different people in meetings praising the Lord or happy, etc. One of the ones on that graphic was N---H---. It just did not seem right to leave him there since God has removed him from the fellowship of the saints. In the montage, I replaced him with an older photo I had of brother Junior and sister Leatha. And N----'s image was removed.
I thought about something you said this weekend. "All of that [the result] was contained in the act". When brother N---- chose to forsake Jesus for sin, his "being blotted out" of our pictures was contained in that deed. I pray that he will not be blotted out of the book of life - but if he is, that, too, was contained in the act.
Our acts and deeds are very important John. You have helped me to see just HOW important. I want my every deed to have contained in it those things that lead to a "better resurrection."
Jesus warned us that if we are unfaithful to him, we will be blotted out of the Book of Life. After that Final Judgment, those who are judged worthy to walk with him forever will forget that those who fell from grace even existed. That is a very grievous thought to me, but that is the kind of salvation God will give His chosen ones. His salvation is so complete that those who are saved in the end will not have their peace disturbed forever, even by the sad memory of those whom they loved in this life who chose sin over righteousness.