The Danger of Disapproval
Tim Temple


We have come to a topic that is very, very relevant and yet one that we as Christians don't think about often enough. You may remember that several years ago in the month of September, the Olympics took place in Korea, and it caught the attention of the whole world. It wasn't an injury or a lost race; it was when the great Canadian sprinter, Ben Johnson, set a new world record in winning the 100 meter dash. Within a few hours, he was disqualified because it was found that he had been using steriods. If you will remember, that was a terrible embarrassment for him and for his nation and something that caught the attention of the news media for a number of days after it happened.

Whether we realize it or not, and we really don't think about it often enough, that is something that is very possible in the Christian life. In the last part of chapter 9, Paul was talking about the fact that he disciplined his body, and he brought it under submission. He was careful about what he did, where he went, and what he said and all of those kinds of things because of the possibility of being disqualified. Look back at verse 27 of chapter 9, where he said:

I Corinthians 9

27But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

In our last study when we talked about that verse specifically, we talked about the fact that he was not talking about losing his salvation, but rather that he might be disqualified for the rewards that God is going to give faithful Christians at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Let me inject at this point that the Scripture does not ever talk about salvation as a reward; salvation is a gift of God. The only wording that is ever used in relation to salvation anywhere in the Scripture is the matter of the gift of God, which is eternal life. So any time we find a place in the Scripture which is talking about rewards, we know that it is something in addition to eternal life. Let it be forever settled in your mind that if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, God has given you the gift of eternal life. There is nothing you can do to earn that. That is not the nature of a gift. A gift is just that–something that you get even if you don't deserve it. God has given us eternal life if we have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior. It is a gift that He will never take away. If He did, it would dishonor Christ, in whose name it was given and on whose behalf it was given.

The Scripture also talks about the fact that God, in His grace and in His mercy, will reward Christians in addition to Heaven, in addition to eternal life, in addition to sonship with God. God will reward faithful Christians with crowns of reward at the Judgment Seat of Christ. II Corinthians, chapter 5, verse 10, tells us that we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ that we may receive the things done in our body, whether they be good or bad. As we have pointed out many times before, the word “bad” there is a translation of a Greek word which means “wasted”. So the Judgment Seat of Christ is an examination of how we have used our time while we have lived here on earth, whether our time has been spent in things that are worthy of Jesus Christ, that are motivated by Jesus Christ, or whether they are things that are wasted, that are bad in the sense of wasted. I'm afraid we don't really talk about that often enough, but it is a very real part of the Christian life.

Paul said, “That is what motivates me. I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection, lest having preached to others, I should be disqualified for the rewards that God is going to give me.” Even though he doesn't specify it in this way, the context of Scripture would imply “in addition to Heaven”. The Judgment Seat of Christ takes place after we get to Heaven, so it can't be to see whether we are going to get in or not.

Paul continues the subject as we come to chapter 10. We know that is the subject because in verse 1 he says, “moreover, brethren”–in other words, going on with that same subject that we have been talking about in chapter 9. He is going to use Old Testament believers as an example of the possibility of losing rewards. As we look at what he says in the first part of chapter 10, we are going to notice it from three standpoints. First, in verses 1-4, he talks about the past privileges of the people of God; in verses 5-11, the past problems of the people of God; in verses 11-12, the present provision for the people of God.

Past Privileges of the People of God

Verses 1-4 show us just how special these people were to God. Verse 1 tells us that they had divine guidance:

I Corinthians 10

1Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;

“The cloud” there is a reference to the pillar of cloud which guided the Israelites, Paul's forefathers, in the wilderness. As they had been delivered from their slavery into Egypt and as they got out into the wilderness on their way to the promised land, God guided them with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. It technically was cloud on one side and fire on the other, and God guided them with that pillar. So they enjoyed the guidance of God. Verse 1 also tells us that they enjoyed divine deliverance–“they all passed through the sea”. Obviously that is a reference to the Red Sea in Exodus, chapter 14, verses 21 and 22, when the Egyptian army was bearing down on them, and the Red Sea was in front of them, and God said, “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord,” and He opened the waters, and they went across on dry land.

Divine Identification

A third privilege of these people was divine identification, as pointed out in verse 2:

I Corinthians 10

2And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

The word “baptized” is an example of one of the unique usages of baptism in the Scriptures. The word “baptize”, in its most basic meaning, actually means “to identify one thing with another”. That is the general, basic meaning of the word baptizo in Greek. Our English word “baptize” is just a transliteration of the original word; it means “to identify one thing with another”. That is done by means of water baptism with believers. Here is an example of that: The Israelites were identified with Moses and with God as they went across the Red Sea. As they followed the leadership of Moses as he held up his rod and they walked into the sea on dry land, they identified themselves with his leadership. This is what theologians call a “real baptism”. A ritual baptism is what we do in the baptismal tank where we place someone into the water and bring them back up out of the water. That is a symbol of the fact that we have been placed into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit in which we are placed into Christ's body, in which we are identified with Christ, is a real baptism. The ritual baptism is when we go into the water to publicly testify that we have been placed into the Body of Christ.

Here was a real baptism. They were identified with the leadership of Moses and with the power of God as they stepped into that riverbed. It was obvious by their action that they believed that God could get them across. They were identified with the faithfulness of God as they did that. As someone has pointed out, the only people who got wet in this baptism were the Egyptian soldiers when they tried to follow. So this was a real baptism; they were identified with God. That was their privilege to be recognized as God's people and to know in their own hearts that they were God's own people.

Material Provision

The fourth privilege of the Israelites was material provision in verses 3 and 4:

I Corinthians 10

3And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
4And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

The text says “spiritual drink” and “spiritual food”, but if we could translate this literally, we would find that this is a reference to spiritually provided food and drink. It was provided by God. Remember, God put manna on the ground every day for them to eat. He provided water for them out of the rock miraculously. It was spiritually provided; it was provided by God. There are many examples of that in the book of Exodus. Both the rock, out of which the water came, and the food are pictures of Jesus Christ who provides for us in that same way spiritually. He provides spiritual food for us; He provides spiritual drink for us on this side of the Cross.

Incidentally, “the Rock” is one of the Old Testament names for the Lord Jesus Christ, so if we took the time to analyze this technically and put it all together, what this tells us is that Jesus Christ Himself, in His pre-incarnate form, before He ever came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem, Jesus Christ was providing the food and drink for them in the wilderness. That is a very reassuring thing to know that this Jesus Christ whom we identify with, whom we have trusted for our salvation, is the Person of the Godhead who actually provided the food and water for the Israelites as they wandered around in the wilderness for forty years.

The point is that these people had tremendous privileges, the direct intervention of God in their lives, the direct provision of God in their lives. Let me specify again that we are privileged people as well because even though not quite as specifically and obviously, though in some cases very obviously, God provides for us as well as He did for them.

Past Problems of God's People

Verse 5 indicates that they had a great many problems. We would think that with all of these people enjoying all of these privileges, they would have been a very successful people, wouldn't they? Surely they would have been a textbook example of godliness, wouldn't they? We would think so, but verse 5 indicates that it is to the contrary. They had many, many problems. Notice verse 5:

I Corinthians 10

5But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

The phrase, “many of them,” was really an understatement. History shows us that out of the approximately two million people who left Egypt on that night when God destroyed the firstborn and the Egyptians let them go, only two actually got into the promised land. He was not well pleased with most of them. In spite of all of His provisions for them, in spite of all the advantages they had, only two out of two million actually got into the promised land.

I should have mentioned earlier that when we look back at the Old Testament, our tendency is to look at the promised land as a picture of Heaven, but that is not the case. The promised land is a picture of the blessings of the Christian life that are ours as we mature and grow and move into them spiritually. God has many blessings for us before we ever get to Heaven that are there for the taking if we are willing to go in and claim the land. The promised land and the Israelites moving toward the promised land is not a picture of Heaven. Otherwise, it would be a very different picture from what the New Testament paints. We don't move toward Heaven and work our way toward Heaven and if we work up enough faith and if we believe God enough, we will get into Heaven. That is not the picture of the Scripture. The Scripture says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” But to have the fulfilling, rewarding Christian life in which we are blessed and have the peace of God and in which we reach out and bring others into the Christian life is what is pictured by the promised land. Out of that huge number of people who were moving toward the blessings of God, only two actually got in.

Failure of the Israelites

I hope and I think that the statistics on this side of the Cross are a little better than that, but I think there is a very real lesson in this. I believe that most Christians are not enjoying the privileges and the blessings that God has already set aside for us. Why is that? Why do we not have those things that God wants us to have, those things that God has set out there ahead of us and that He says are ours if we will just claim them? Again, we are not talking about Heaven. That is a settled issue. But it is that peace and joy and satisfaction and effectiveness of witness. Why is it that with most of us, no doubt, God is not well pleased? Verses 5-11 talk about the past problems of the people of God, the kinds of things that kept those people from attaining those promises of God. I think they are very instructive for us. Verses 5-6 give us a summary of the wilderness generation:

I Corinthians 10

5But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

The bodies of those who died in that wilderness generation literally littered the desert. Verse 6 provides the summary reason for this: “to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted”. Why was it that so many of them failed? Because they lusted after evil things. I think every time we come across the word “lust” in our studies, I point out to you that the word “lust”, when this translation was made in the 17th century, had a different connotation than it does in our day–a broader connotation. When you find the word “lust” in most English translations of the Bible, it is a reference to strong desire of any kind. In our day, as you know, the word “lust” carries the overtone of sensual, sexual kind of strong desire, and that is true. In the Old Testament times and New Testament times, in the time when the King James version was translated, it carried that connotation, but more than that; so it is not that these people failed because they were so sexually oriented. There was a lot of that, but it was just the fact that they wanted to do what they wanted to do.

Why didn't they get into the promised land? Because they wanted to do something else. God said, “Here is what I want you to do; here is the way you trust Me; these are the things that you will do if you want to have all of my rewards.” They said, “We don't want to; we want to do it our way.” Does that sound familiar? Why do the people of God, why do you and I, not have the blessings that God has laid out there in front of us? All too often it is simply because we would rather do something else with our time, with our energy, with our emotions than what God has outlined for us to do.

Examples to Learn From

Notice that verses 6 and 11 show us the symbolism in the wilderness generation. Look at verse 6:

I Corinthians 10

6Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

Skip down to verse 11:

I Corinthians 10

11Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Do you think that I am just making this up myself, that this is just my application, that the Old Testament is a picture of our lives today? Why did God bother to write all this down? Verses 6 and 11 specifically tell us that He wrote it down for our sakes. It is God who says that these things are an illustration for us. Do you know why God bothered to write all that history of Israel, some of it so boring and repetitious? I have been reading in the book of Jeremiah this week, and it is just over and over and over again many of the details. Why did God bother to do all of that? He did that because He wants us to learn from their experience so we don't have to learn it from our own experience. There is the old saying that experience is the best teacher, but that is not Biblical. Experience may be the most thorough teacher; experience may be the most difficult teacher; but God's choice of a teaching method is that we should learn by example. Now, if we won't learn by example, we will have to learn by experience because these are lessons that God will have us learn. They are things that we must know if we are to be what God wants us to be and wants us to know. If we won't learn by example, He will let us learn and make us learn by experience. Experience is a very thorough teacher and a very effective teacher; but God's choice is that we not have to go through the experience, that we learn it by example. Isn't God gracious? If we will learn by example, we will not have to learn by experience.

Idolatry In the Present Age

As we look at the past problems of the people of God, there is a listing of the sad events of the wilderness generation in verses 7-10. Let's look at these things that they got into:

I Corinthians 10

7Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

This is probably a reference to an incident that is described in Exodus, chapter 32, verse 6, where Aaron made a golden calf for them while Moses was still on the mountaintop getting the Ten Commandments. They worshipped that golden calf, and the passage goes on to intimate that there was a great deal of sensuality and sexual perversion going on. There was idolatry there. This would have had a particular significance for the Corinthians because it was idolatry that brought up this whole subject in the first place. This whole section of I Corinthians deals with meat offered to idols and those kinds of things.

Listen, the whole world today is more guilty of idolatry than that generation was. Someone might say, “Wait a minute! I don't know anyone who bows down and worships a stone idol.” Listen, whatever motivates your life is your idol. Did you know that? What is it that motivates you? Why do you do the things that you do and don't do the things that you don't do? Whatever it is that chooses the direction of your life is that which you worship. You may not pray to it; you may not try to win others to it; but that is the essence of worship–that which motivates our lives. If that be true, then idolatry is rampant in the twentieth century world. It is a very sobering thought.

What motivates you? Is it better business? Is it an improvement in your financial situation? Is it that person whom you love? Is it impressing people in general? Is it to be as beautiful as possible? What is it? Things like that motivate people. What ought to be our motivation is to please Jesus Christ. All of those things have their place within the scope of pleasing Jesus Christ. There is nothing wrong with wanting to do the best you can in your business. That honors Jesus Christ. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be attractive to other people. Done properly, that honors Jesus Christ; but what is our motivation? In that desire to get ahead in business, is it ultimately to honor Jesus Christ or is it just that motivation to get ahead in business? You can make your own applications.

The Problem of Sexual Sin

Idolatry was something that kept the Israelites out of the promised land, and I tell you that idolatry, in the sense I am talking about, will keep you from having the promises of God in your life. Verse 8 brings out a second problem:

I Corinthians 10

8Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

Numbers, chapter 25, tells that story. There was accepted fornication, and God finally dealt with it. Again, this is extremely comparable to our civilization and to that of the Corinthians. Fornication, sexual sin of any kind, will keep you from enjoying the blessings of God, will keep you from being the kind of witness for Jesus Christ that will ultimately result in reward at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

I can't imagine a time in history that would have been any more difficult to live in than our generation from the standpoint of sexual temptation and being constantly, thoroughly bombarded with it, and yet God says this is one of the things that will keep you from the promised land in the sense that I am talking about of the blessings of God in our lives and the usefulness of our lives to God.

Murmuring Against Authority

Notice verse 9:

I Corinthians 10

9Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

The situation there was in Numbers, chapter 21, where the people were complaining about the manna. They were complaining about the fact that God put this food out on the ground for them every day. They didn't have to go hunt their food; they didn't even have to go to the grocery store; they just had to go out and bend over and pick up the food. It was there for them day by day; they didn't have to worry about having a refrigerator to store it in. God put new manna out there the next day–all kinds of blessings, and yet they began to murmur and complain. The Scripture says that they were tempting Christ. They were just pushing God to see how far He would go.

Let me ask you something. How much do you appreciate the blessings of God in your life? It is so easy to look at the cup of our life and think about the fact that it is half empty instead of realizing that it is half full; and in the vast majority of cases, it is much more than half full. We have a tendency to look at what we don't have instead of what we do have. That kind of attitude tempts God; it puts God to the test. You and I have what God wants us to have except in the cases where we keep ourselves from the blessings of God in the way that we are talking about. But in terms of material provisions, in terms of mental ability, in terms of personality, in terms of all those kinds of things that people get so discouraged about, God is the One who provides all those.

It is ridiculous for us to be dissatisfied with those kinds of things. It is easy for us to look back on the Israelites who were dissatisfied with the manna and think, “How ridiculous!” Listen, the next time you are discouraged about your lack of physical ability, you think for a moment about those who have congenital birth defects or those who have been injured in accidents and what a struggle it is to have even a semblance of normal life and you ask God to forgive you for your temptation of Christ.

In verse 10, there was murmuring, complaining about the leadership of Moses and Aaron. It is so easy for us to murmur against authority. Not only were they complaining about what God had given them, and it wasn't exactly like they would have liked for it to have been, but they were complaining about those in authority over them.

John Weseley had a woman in his congregation who was always having marital problems. In the course of counseling with her, she said, “Pastor, I think the whole problem is that I just have a talent for speaking my mind clearly, and my husband can't tolerate that.” John Wesley said, “My dear lady, I think that is a talent that God would not mind if you buried.”

It is so easy, isn't it, to speak our minds when things are not exactly as we would have them be, and yet throughout the Word of God the principle of authority is in place. On every level, God has made us people who are supposed to be subject to authority; and one of the things that will keep you from enjoying the blessings of life–the promised land–is that murmuring against authority, wishing things weren't quite like they are. By the extreme grace of God, we live in a nation where if there is something we don't like, we at least having something that we can try to do about it. We have a measure of voice in choosing those who will be in authority over us. Even though that is true, let me remind you that God tells us on every level to obey every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether it be to kings or those in authority at any level–children to parents, wives to husbands, husbands to employers, employers to the government, theoretically, ultimately the government to God.

Willing Obedience In All Things

Finally, in verses 11 and 12, we have some somber conclusions that Paul draws from the wilderness generation. We have already read verse 11, so we will read verse 12:

I Corinthians 10

12Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

It is easy, you know, to convince ourselves that we are doing pretty well in the Christian life. After all, we teach Sunday School classes, we sing in the choir; we attend church regularly; we go to Tuesday morning men's prayer beakfast; we do this and that. It is easy for us to think that we are standing. Notice how verse 12 begins: “Wherefore…” Why? Because of the things that he has been talking about. Paul, in verses 5-11, has just been giving us a random sampling. We would have to study the Old Testament in great detail to see all of the mistakes that those people made which kept them out of the promised land.

The kinds of things that keep us from the blessings of God in our life, the kinds of things that keep us from being an effective witness for God that we ought to be, the kinds of things that keep us from the joy and peace and happiness that many Christians sing about and most Christians don't really experience, are the kinds of things that we normally would not think of as keeping us from those things. It is not how often you go to church that determines peace and joy and happiness and fulfillment in the Christian life; it is not even whether you teach Sunday School or not or sing in the choir or lead the singing. Those things have their place; but the thing that determines peace and joy and satisfaction and usefulness to God is our willing obedience of Jesus Christ, our willingness to be submissive to His authority, our willingness to not murmur when things aren't going like we would like for them to go, our willingness to obey Him even when we are bombarded with temptation on every side. Let he that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. See, these are the kinds of things that happen all the time, all around us. They are in the matrix of life. They are the issues that we deal with every day.

Promise of Eternal Security

I want to remind you that in verse 12, where he says, “…take heed lest he fall,” is not a reference to losing salvation because the clear teaching of eternal security is throughout the Scripture. Let me give you three references, three reasons we believe in eternal security. Eternal security rests on the promise of Christ. In John, chapter 6, verse 37, Jesus said:

John 6

37All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

You cannot lose your salvation–“…I will in no wise cast out”–if you have come to Jesus Christ with simple, trusting faith. Jesus said, “under no circumstances will I cast that person out.”

Eternal security rests on the prayer of Christ in John, chapter 17, verse 11:

John 17

11…Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

Down in verse 24 of John, chapter 17:

John 17

24Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am;…

Listen, God always answers prayer. Sometimes His answer is no, but He always answers prayer. If that is true for us as sinful human beings, how much more infinitely true is it of Jesus Christ? If Jesus Christ said, “Father, I want these who believe in Me to be with Me in Heaven,” then your eternal security is based not on anything you have done, but on the simple answer of the Father's prayer to His exalted Son.

Eternal security rests on the provision of Christ. Any one of these is enough to believe in eternal security, incidentally. Notice I John, chapter 1, verse 7:

I John 1

7…and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

The Greek text says the blood “keeps on cleansing us” from all sin. The blood of Jesus Christ paid for all our your sin–past, present and future. So what is it that we fall from? Obviously not from our salvation, but obviously from that reward that we have talked about, the reward of a faithful Christian life–the promised land in the New Testament sense.

With that in mind, the things that we have been talking about in this chapter are very somber for us, just like they were for that Old Testament generation because, as I have mentioned, individually and as a people, we face these same kinds of temptations and same kinds of pressures all around us.

Present Provision for God's People

So what are we to do? Can we ever attain the reward, the blessing of God? Verses 12 and 13 show us the present provision for the people of God. There are two things to remember here. First, the common nature of temptation. Notice verse 13:

I Corinthians 10

13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

No matter what you think, there is nothing unique about your temptation or your testing. It may be that you don't personally know anyone else who has faced it quite like you, but the record of Scripture and history is that thousands of believers down through the ages have triumphed over the very temptation that is giving you so much trouble. They have done it with the power of the Holy Spirit. “It is common to man.” That is not my opinion; it is God's Word.

The second truth in this verse is the complete faithfulness of God. Notice:

I Corinthians 10

13…but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

That phrase has often been taken to mean that somehow, sooner or later, if you just grit your teeth hard enough and long enough, you will figure a way to get out of it; but the phrase, “the way of escape” is the translation of a Greek word which means “completion” or “issue”. In other words, what this verse is actually telling us is that God has something to accomplish in that temptation. If He has allowed you to be tempted by Satan, He has some purpose in allowing that to happen. He has a result, He has an issue that He wants to bring out of that temptation. If you don't run away from it, if you don't say, “What is the use? I can't stand it,” and give in to the temptation, God will bring something from that temptation and from your refusal to submit to that temptation that can be accomplished in your life in no other way. It is part of the promised land; it is part of knowing God more fully than you could know Him in any other way. It doesn't say that it won't last a long time; it doesn't say that it will be easy. It says that if you will trust God through that temptation, His purpose will be accomplished. He will, with the temptation, bring forth the results that He wants in your life. Every time you and I yield to a temptation, we take one step backward from that which God wants us to have in our lives, that promised land that He wants to bring us into.

The Danger of Complacency

We've talked a lot about eternal security. I think one of the complaints about the teaching of eternal security is that it causes people to be smug and complacent. I think that is true. That is no reason not to teach it because it is in the Bible through and through, but there is a danger in the doctrine of eternal security. It is that we can take our eternal life for granted and forget but all the more that God has for us besides Heaven. Have you become smug about your eternal security? Are you just rolling along through life, giving in to whatever temptation you think you can't stand, not bothering with trying to be an outreach to other people, just getting along because in the back of your mind you know that you are going to Heaven anyway.

Listen, the day is going to come, II Corinthians, chapter 5, verse 10 says, when we will all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. I think that is going to be a day of great weeping and great disappointment as most of us, probably all of us, as Christians see at the Judgment Seat of Christ those things that God would have done in our lives, those things that He would have accomplished through that temptation that we yielded to, those things that He would have done in the life of that person who were just too busy or too lazy to minister to.

I am very much afraid, although I can't prove this from Scripture, but I think it fits the concept of the Judgment Seat of Christ, that we may even be aware of people who could have heard about Jesus Christ through our witness who didn't. Now that is my speculation. I can't prove that from Scripture. I say that to say that the Judgment Seat of Christ ought to hold a tremendous motivation for us as it did for Paul. Paul said, “My whole life is ordered by the fear that I might not be all that God would have me to be to be useful to Him in the lives of others.” Our lives ought to be motivated not just by what the next weeks or months hold, but with eternity's values in view.


What motivates you today? Is it something that is temporary, something that will come to an end the day you draw your last breath? Or is your motivation something that will go on right on through eternity? There is a real danger of being disqualified from the kinds of things that God wants to give us in addition to eternal life. That is something that ought to motivate each one of us.

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