QUESTION: Why must Christians be careful to whom they wish God’s blessings or God speed?
I John 2:18-23 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; where by we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye KNOW IT, and that no lie is of the truth.
WHO IS A LIAR but he that DENIETH that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the SAME HATH NOT THE FATHER: [but] he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
I John 4:1-10 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but TRY THE SPIRITS whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God:
Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the FLESH is of God: And every spirit that confesseth NOT that Jesus Christ is come in the FLESH is NOT of God:
and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, THAT WE MIGHT LIVE THROUGH HIM. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent HIS SON to be a PROPITIATION FOR OUR SINS.
II John 1:7-11 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess NOT that Jesus Christ is come in the FLESH. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
Look to yourselves,
that we LOSE NOT
those THINGS which we HAVE WROUGHT,
but that we RECEIVE a FULL REWARD.
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine,
receive him NOT INTO YOUR HOUSE,
NEITHER BID HIM GOD SPEED:
For he that biddeth him God speed
IS PARTAKER OF HIS EVIL DEEDS.
ANSWER: You WILL LOSE rewards that you have already accumulated if the person you wish God’s speed is carrying a false doctrine. You’re not even to invite the person out of the cold and into your home.
PS: This is one time when it PAYS to be impolite.
Some things a Christian can lose:
Assurance Of One’s Salvation
Joy Of One’s Salvation
I Corinthians 3:10-15 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon,
he shall receive a reward.
If any man’s work shall be burned,
he shall suffer loss:
but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
We will see all the works of the flesh burned:
There is coming a day when the trust that we have committed to His keeping will be returned to us a million fold more. We shall find what a good investor of our treasures God is.
There is nothing worth living for or dying for apart from the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
«Joint heirs with Christ.»
— Romans 8:17
The boundless realms of His Father’s universe are Christ’s by prescriptive right. As «heir of all things,» He is the sole proprietor of the vast creation of God, and He has admitted us to claim the whole as ours, by virtue of that deed of joint-heir-ship which the Lord hath ratified with His chosen people. The golden streets of paradise, the pearly gates, the river of life, the transcendent bliss, and the unutterable glory, are, by our blessed Lord, made over to us for our everlasting possession. All that He has He shares with His people. The crown royal He has placed upon the head of His Church, appointing her a kingdom, and calling her sons a royal priesthood, a generation of priests and kings. He uncrowned Himself that we might have a coronation of glory; He would not sit upon His own throne until He had procured a place upon it for all who overcome by His blood. Crown the head and the whole body shares the honour. Behold here the reward of every Christian conqueror!
Christ’s throne, crown, sceptre, palace, treasure, robes, heritage, are yours. Far superior to the jealousy, selfishness, and greed, which admit of no participation of their advantages, Christ deems His happiness completed by His people sharing it. «The glory which thou gavest me have I given them.» «These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.» The smiles of His Father are all the sweeter to Him, because His people share them. The honours of His kingdom are more pleasing, because His people appear with Him in glory. More valuable to Him are His conquests, since they have taught His people to overcome. He delights in His throne, because on it there is a place for them. He rejoices in His royal robes, since over them His skirts are spread. He delights the more in His joy, because He calls them to enter into it.