Bonus Content from March 3

Text Questions from March 3 “Marks of a Disciple: Being Accountable” 1 Cor 5:9-13
TEXT QUESTION 1: You mentioned that the unrepentant nature of the sexual sin the man continued to engage in could cause him to lose his salvation. Isn’t it more accurate to say that this man was never saved? You can’t lose your salvation, correct?
ANSWER: Thanks! You’re absolutely right. If our commitment to Jesus is real and true, then we will be changed … forever transformed and transforming. Jesus has that effect on us. We not only repent of our sin in that initial ask for forgiveness from Jesus and our commitment to Jesus … but we continue to repent of sins afterward, honestly confessing them and his forgiveness continues to cover us. Thus, Jesus is transforming us into a “new creation” that is more and more like him. This man clearly did not demonstrate evidence of the ongoing transformation of someone walking with Jesus … but of someone walking without Jesus.
I believe what Jesus said about not losing one of his sheep, John 10:28-29. We are safe in him. He will not let go of us. Genuine salvation is always secure. WE need not fear losing it. But if we sin, as this man did and refuse to repent of that sin, then we may or may not be genuinely saved. Please read below. It will help.
TEXT QUESTION 2: What do you mean it’s someone’s salvation … if that person is already saved?
ANSWER: I’m not exactly sure what you are asking. I imagine you’re asking if I am questioning the salvation of those who have committed their lives to Christ. Your point was that salvation is not questionable. It either is or it isn’t. This would be true!
But Jesus said, 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Mat 7:21 There are people who claim Jesus is Lord, but they are not submitted to him. Jesus was talking about them. This unrepentant man was someone who claimed Jesus was his Lord. His membership in the Corinthian church confirmed this. But his unrepentant actions up to that point revealed Jesus was not his Lord … and, if not, he was not saved.
Given what we read, it appears that not all the evidence needed was in yet about whether he was a true believer and thus truly saved. Paul commanded them to start proceedings to expel this man from the church. The thought behind this was that perhaps, it would shake him up and cause him to come to his senses and repent. They were not to enable this man’s sin any longer and allow him to pretend he is walking with Jesus and he is saved. This is why Paul instructed them to turn this man over to Satan, 1 Cor 9:5. Once that is done … of there is no repentance, I believe the man can accurately be judged … not a true follower of Jesus. Thus, he would be unsaved. I assume the man most likely remained unrepentant.
TEXT QUESTION 3: Why didn’t Jesus correct Judas?
ANSWER: I’m not exactly sure how this question came up from the sermon, but the Spirit works in mysterious ways. That being said, it is a good question. I’ll do my best to answer it.
First of all, Jesus did correct Judas. This occurred when Judas challenged the action of the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with an expensive perfume (John 12:4-8). This account is recorded in Matthew and Mark as well. But only John explains that Judas’ challenge regarding the money being better used for the poor was a ruse. Judas said this because he was greedy and wanted to be able to steal more money. John records that Judas was the treasurer and took money for himself from the purse.
Second, I imagine that Jesus corrected and rebuked Judas when he was wrong at other times … as Jesus likely did with all the disciples. I’m pretty sure not every rebuke from Jesus was recorded. But the ones we need to hear were!
If you are asking why didn’t Jesus save Judas from betraying him by correcting Judas, I do not know. I do not know if Jesus tried to do so or not during the times of rebuke and correction that went unrecorded. God’s Word is silent on this.
John 13 explains that during the final Passover dinner, Jesus told his disciples one of them would betray him. When John asked Jesus who was going to betray him, Jesus said that the one who dipped the bread at the same time as he did was the man. This was Judas. 27 Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him (Judas). Jesus said to him (Judas), “What you are going to do, do quickly.” John 13:27 Jesus knew who was going to betray him. We shouldn’t be surprised by this. Jesus is the Son of God. WE also know from 2 Old Testament prophecies that God’s Word predicted the Savior would be betrayed from among his friends … Ps 41:9 and Zech 11:12-13. Mat 26:14-16 and Mark 14:10-11 record that from the moment Jesus corrected Judas, when the woman anointed Jesus’ feet, Judas sought to betray Jesus.
Thanks for the questions, keep texting!