Home Of Righteousness

home of righteousnessThe definition of home can vary greatly depending upon the person. While is it true that a Christian has an earthly home made from wood like other people, and their own physical body is also a type of home (2 Cor. 5:9), their possible everlasting home is very much different:

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. (2 Pet 3:13,14)

To dwell in that home in the new heaven and new earth is only possible if we qualify (overcome). For that to happen the person must be righteous. The context of 2 Peter 3:13,14 is significant, for it was written to people who had been previously born again (2 Pet. 1:1-4), yet Peter told those same Christians to make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with God. That is a salvation teaching, which few have heard in our day, because the prevalent doctrine of once saved always saved flatly denies that eternal truth. To those heretics, if one makes any effort at all, he is not in grace and is trying to earn his salvation! If they were right, then Peter was not teaching grace and was trying to stumble others by declaring that, which is impossible! If on the other hand, Christians need to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with God to get into that home of righteousness, then the lethal error of eternal security should be obvious to all just from that single passage.

So how can a Christian do as Peter advises? He needs to seriously avoid certain people, places and things, which can defile him. He needs to strive always to keep his conscious clear (Acts 24:15,16) and walk in forgiveness towards people who sin against him (Mt. 6:14,15). He must endure the hatred, which comes to the godly (Mt. 10:22, 2 Tim. 3:12) as he keeps himself pure (1 Tim. 5:22). Those are just a few of the safeguards Christians must be mindful of, but too few are! Again, to qualify for that wonderful home, you must be righteous. The unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom (1 Cor. 6:9,10 cf. Mt. 13:41,42).

The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. (Gal 6:8)

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