The Olivet Discourse and the Letters to the Seven Churches are a manual on how to prepare for Jesus’s return.
Jesus, Paul, and the Gospel writers all talk about a “falling away” from the faith. Yet once a person is saved, aren’t they always saved? What does the Bible say about losing salvation? Can it happen?
This Sunday we have set aside a day to celebrate and pray for the persecuted Church. Most Christians are familiar with Jesus’s restoration of Peter by the Sea of Galilee where he asked Peter if he loved him three times. There is an aspect of this passage few understand that is related to the persecuted church. Let’s explore it to find out what kind of love does overcoming require.
You have seen the headlines. Islamic terrorists gun down satirical cartoonists, and 4 million hit the streets of Paris in protest. Factory worker beheads co-worker, and the nation is outraged. Jesus’ words in the Olivet Discourse are beginning to ring true:
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold (Matt. 24: 12 NASB)
But this post is not about what you think it will be. I used to believe this verse referred to unbelievers. Now I’m beginning to believe it’s my love that is growing cold. Maybe it’s your love as well.