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Look at what God pointed out about the results of salvation in the following story about Zacchaeus.
In this passage we are not told how long Jesus was in this home or a single word that Jesus said while He was there. We are only shown the result of His teaching. If you look at other passages where we are told The Words that Jesus spoke, I think that it is easy to see He is true to form while teaching in Zacchaeus' home.
(Luke 19:1-10 NKJV) "Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. (2) Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. (3) And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature.(4) So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.(5) And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house." (6) So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. (7) But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner."(8) Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold."(9) And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; (10) "for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
Zacchaeus starts with a 100% of all that he owns at the time of Jesus' arrived. After entering Zacchacus' home, at some point Jesus started teaching I am sure, that is what Jesus did, teach. How long He was there and what He taught we are not told. But it is not hard to read between the lines here by looking at the following statement made by Zacchaeus. "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor." Lets assume that means half of all that he had. So now Zacchaeus is at 50% of what he owned only a short time ago. Then Zacchaeus makes the statement, "and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold." I am not sure how much this could possibly be, but very possibly could be half of the 50%. No Matter what the actual end results was, what Jesus taught while in Zacchaeus' home changed his prospective of what he thought was important in life and what he chose to do with his Material possessions. Compare this with the rich young ruler and what we have is the same teaching with two difference results.
Let us now look at another story from the new statement. As we look at these stories we must always keep in mind God is very, Matter of fact, in all that He does.
God is trying to establish the guidelines for the new church with all that is He teaches in the New Testament.
What is important in this story is what God points out as important.
(Acts 10:1 - 4 NKJV) There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, (2) a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. (3) About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, "Cornelius!" (4) And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, "What is it, lord?" So he said to him, "Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.
God says that Cornelius was a devout man and one who feared God with all his household. Of everything that was going on in this man's life, I am sure that there was many different thing that God could have chosen to point out about this man's life. Of everything that went on in this man's life God chose to point out only two actions;
who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always
I do not know how many time in the New Testament that men had angels appear to them and for what reason. This I know, God did not do it as a common everyday practice. So I think it is very important to look for the reason that God allows a man to see into the super natural or spirit realm.
"(3) About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, "Cornelius!" (4) And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, "What is it, lord?" So he said to him, "Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God."
To Love God is to share God’s plan of salvation with others and to work to supply the needs of others as diligently as you work to supply your own needs.
How much more black and White Can God Make it.
The Black and White
So lets take the time to see the black and white of what it will take to be known or not be known by Jesus.
Eternity is so very much fore ever. Hell is such an unbelievable horrible place to end up. Heaven is so far beyond our ability to know or comprehend.
Why can we not listen to God's pleas to make a clear choice.
(Mat 7:14 - 23 NKJV) "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (15) "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. (16) "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? (17) "Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. (18) "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. (19) "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. (20) "Therefore by their fruits you will know them. (21) "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. (22) "Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' (23) "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
There are few who find the narrow gate. Every morning as we roll out of bed and look at the cross for the flesh, Jesus has laid there on the floor for our use, our question to our self should be " Do I want to be a part of the few.
If we do not put the flesh on the cross everyday, then we are choosing to be a part of the many. Jesus said seven times in teaching about the many; (Mat 13:42 NKJV) "and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Do you want to make sure that you miss being cast into the furnace of fire.
(Mat 25:34 – 46 NKJV) "Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (35) 'for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; (36) 'I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' (37) "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? (38) 'When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? (39) 'Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' (40) "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' (41) "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: (42) 'for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; (43) 'I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' (44) "Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' (45) "Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' (46) "And these will go away into everlasting punishment, (in the lake of fire) but the righteous into eternal life." (Mark 12:31 NKJV) "And the second, (Of All Commandments) like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor AS YOURSELF.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
These commandments being Mark 12:29 – 31.