Colossians 1:22-23…”22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation – 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.” We have great comfort during trials in this life, knowing we will be with the Father forever in heaven. He set His affection on us before creation (Ephesians 1:4), reconciled us to Himself and made us perfectly holy through Christ’s atonement. There is one caveat though according to scripture; we have to persevere. The good news is that the elect will be preserved by God (Ephesians 1:13-14, Philippians 1:4-6, John 10:25-30). The elect will be actively obedient, because God’s spirit is in them, and He will sanctify them (Romans 8:28-30). The scary news is that the pseudo-gospel preached in many churches today distorts (or ignores) the doctine of election, and many church-goers may be headed to Hell in ignorance. Simply praying a prayer or walking an aisle during an alter call is not how the bible understands conversion. Certainly those moments could be in line with when God saves someone, but the bible’s description of conversion includes a changed life in line with scripture. According to Jesus, the elect will produce fruit, and an authentic response to the gospel involves more than just agreement with the message.
18 ‘Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 when anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.’