“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” – (Rev.22:11).
This shows the great divide, the great gulf between the saved and the lost. The Lord Jesus on the cross separated between two thieves, and He separates them still. One of them trusted in the dying Savior and went to heaven. The other rejected Him and is lost forever in hell.
Men are born in sin and shapen in iniquity. It is only through Christ that they can be fashioned anew and born again and fit for heaven, Apart from the new birth, a person goes on sinning until, at death, his character is forever fixed, and is set in a final, terrible mold.
The wicked go on being wicked for all eternity. The lost thief died blaspheming and no doubt is blaspheming still. The lost sinner goes on sinning and suffering. The saved righteous, on the other hand, continue being righteous, and eternally holy, and eternally happy. The cross of Christ separates between the saint and the sinner for all eternity.
The condition of the lost gets worse and worse until he becomes a monster in sin. He becomes like the devils who he is incarcerated with in hell. And certainly Lucifer and the angels that followed him in sin, and became the Devil and his devils, were not the hideous, wicked monsters in the beginning that they are now. Those lost sinners who make the choice to reject salvation in Christ in order to continue on in their sin, will find that in the coming eternity in the lake of fire, a change for the better will be impossible. Present choices will become permanent character. His character is fixed for eternity. He rejected the only remedy for a permanent character change when he rejected Christ and being born again.
At death or at Christ’s second coming, there will be no more opportunity for change: then it will be too late. In the lake of fire, all desires for good will be taken away and they will be separated from God and his saints forever and left to their sins that they love. There will be no Holy Spirit or Word of God or saints to entice them to do good. Everything there will be evil and the only enticement will be to sin more.
Such also it is with unsaved old people. A person’s heart becomes more and more wicked and hardened against God’s Word as they grow older. His old body can’t commit the sins of the flesh like he used to, but in his heart his wickedness continues to grow – “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” – (Mt.15:19). As a lost person grows older, his character becomes more fixed as he grows in his sins also. His heart is also hardened against Christ each time he rejects him. “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still” – awesome wickedness.
However, PTL, the Bible adds the truth for the righteous saved. The born again will continue to grow in righteousness and holiness for eternity. We will not remain static in our spiritual lives. There will be continued growth in our way of holiness that we have chosen on earth. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17). Our new holy nature continues to grow in holiness. When we’re born again our character is forever changed and fixed. The Holy Spirit will perfect holiness in us throughout eternity. The good work God has done for us through Christ has only begun.
Jesus Christ is the perfect man and we who are a part of His body, one day shall attain perfection even as He is perfect. “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ… unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” – (Eph.4:12,13). Every saint of God will be perfect one day and never sin again. What a glorious future we have – a perfect man like Christ. “And he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”
Each soul ever born on planet earth will continue to grow forever, either in holiness or wickedness. One day, each saint will be perfect in holiness like Christ, and each unsaved sinner will become perfectly evil – their character is fixed forever.
What will be the final result of you? What is your destiny? Has your character been changed from a sinner to a saint by the miracle of the new birth? You must become a new creature in Christ and a child of God or your sinful character will one day result in a wicked monster. The choice is yours. If you’re not saved, repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins and be changed into a new holy creature.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-