To ask someone are you worthy of Jesus is unheard of in our day rampant with false teachers and sin. The existing church of our hour can’t handle the are you worthy of Jesus salvation question. It would never be a Ray Comfort recommendation for soul winning! In fact, the are you worthy of Jesus question seems so strange and glaringly heretical that for anyone to even mention such a thing, even though it is Biblical, is usually scoffed at and considered cultic and a works salvation! God’s salvation truth has been so rejected and distorted in our day that even Catholicism has the present Pope saying some atheists are redeemed and are going to heaven, besides Mary is co-redeemer with Jesus!
Please know there will be a cost to pay to be worthy of Jesus and eternal life! To have the pearl of great price and hidden treasure in the field will cost you everything. May the critics of this truth be silenced, as God’s truth is shown. Remember, Jesus has the words of eternal life (John 6:68):
Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. (Mat 10:37,38)
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26,27)
To be worthy of Jesus is to love him (or obey him, Jn. 14:15) supremely. To be Jesus’ disciple is to be his spiritual family (Mt. 12:48-50). Those truths parallel the fact that those who have eternal salvation obey Jesus (Heb. 5:9). In the Sardis congregation, just a few were still worthy to walk with Jesus after an undesignated period of time since their initial conversion:
Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (Rev 3:4-6)
The majority of the Sardis congregation soiled their spiritual clothing after initial salvation. After conversion, sin defiled and disqualified them from being worthy of walking with Jesus. To walk with Jesus is to be his follower and have eternal life (John 10:27). Such people are worthy of Jesus (who is eternal life).
To Be Worthy of Jesus Is To Be Worthy of Salvation
Those who die worthy of Jesus have done good and are worthy of God’s kingdom and the resurrection of the righteous (Acts 24:15,16 ; Jn. 5:29).
But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. (Luke 20:35,36)
The Cost Of Being Worthy of Jesus
The cost to be being worthy in Mt. 10:37,38 and Luke 14:26,27 refers to initial salvation (getting born again), while Luke 20:35,36 is final salvation, that is, in the kingdom of God. Those who die unrighteous (or wicked) will be resurrected unto damnation and suffer eternal punishment. So who are the righteous and who are the unrighteous? The unrighteous (or wicked) are listed in 1 Cor. 6:9,10; 5:13; Mt. 13:49,50; etc. The ones who met the requirements for eternal life, endured all the persecution associated with godly living (2 Tim. 3:12; Mt. 5:10-12) and sowed to please the Spirit to get eternal life (Gal. 6:8,9; Rom. 2:6,7). They loved Jesus more than their natural family and were worthy of Jesus as they suffered for righteousness (Rom. 8:17,18 cf. 1 Thess. 1:6; Rev. 2:10,11; etc.). We tend to flippantly call such courageous people with strong faith Christians. Such who endure to the end (Mt. 10:22; Heb. 3:14; Rev. 2:10,11) will walk with him in the kingdom (Rev.3:4-6). Unlike others who started on the hard road to life (Mt. 7:14), but later lost their salvation, such as Solomon and the Apostle Judas Iscariot, the ones who die with a pure heart will see God (Mt. 5:8). In contrast to these truths, too many church people have been fed poisonous propaganda and are been deceived by the doctrine of demons of eternal security. Take warning, saving faith is probably not what you think and eternal security is candy coated soul poison. So, are you worthy of Jesus NOW? It is a salvation issue and that refers to eternal life!