A Sanctuary for Saints and Sinners in Need of a Saviour. Luke 18:9-14
A Sanctuary for Saints and Sinners in Need of a Saviour. Luke 18:9-14
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Before reading the following overview of this Letter, we suggest that you click on the link above to read the short Letter 22, for today’s Illustrated Message, which will help you understand the following message.
In this Letter, it seems like Screwtape is going to extra lengths to complain about and be irritated at the woman who has come into the Patient’s life, the woman of noble character.
Screwtape says of the Patient: “So! Your man is in love--and in the worst kind he could possibly have fallen into--and with a girl who does not even appear in the report you sent me. I have looked up this girl's dossier and am horrified at what I find. Not only a Christian but such a Christian--a vile, sneaking, simpering, demure, monosyllabic, mouse-like, watery, insignificant, virginal, bread-and-butter miss. The little brute. She makes me vomit. She stinks and scalds through the very pages of the dossier. It drives me mad, the way the world has worsened.”
When Adam and Eve were questioned by God after they ate the forbidden fruit, He then makes an interesting statement to the serpent, the devil, which reads as follows in Genesis 3:13-15; “13 The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14 So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
There is quite huge difference between the children of Christ and the children of the devil, and it can clearly be seen by the actions of those who are not born-again of His Spirit towards those who are born-again. This goes beyond enmity with the women Eve, but with her seed which includes the saints of the Old Testament. It is specifically talking of Christ, who would by His death on the cross, reconcile to God those saints who died and went to Abraham’s bosom, as well as those who became Christians by becoming born-again of His Spirit.
Galatians 3:13-18 says; “13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.”
Colossians 2:11-15 also says; “11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body [a]of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the [b]handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
Jesus has given those who choose to become born-again of His Spirit, the opportunity to be reconciled to God and become children of God, where as before they were children of the devil who were living under a curse that began when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and believed the lie that the devil told them thru the serpent. We are not to be surprised at the division with unbelieving family members and acquaintances that occurs when a person becomes a Christian, because Jesus speaks clearly about this in the following verses.
Matthew 10:34-38; “34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set[a] a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.”
John 15:18-19; “18 If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
In this Letter, it appears that Screwtape is singling out the Christian woman, and is attacking her morals found in her Christian faith which reveals the enmity that satan has with the Bride of Christ, the Church body, who Jesus is coming back for any time now. It’s beyond the Christian family being established, but rather it’s the promotion of the Gospel that reconciles fallen mankind to God thru body of Christ, the church, that the devil is attacking.
Ephesians 5:22-32 talks about marriage saying; “22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might [a]sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, [b]of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
The devil, Screwtape, is attacking the woman in this Letter, but really, he’s attacking the church behind the woman. It’s a type and a shadow of Christ, the seed that was born to a virgin thousands of years later.
Screwtape says of the Patient: “Then, of course, he gets to know this woman's family and whole circle. Could you not see that the very house she lives in is one that he ought never to have entered? The whole place reeks of that deadly odour. The very gardener, though he has only been there five years, is beginning to acquire it. Even guests, after a week-end visit, carry some of the smell away with them.”
It would almost sound like a visit to the local church and more than just a family gathering. 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 says; “For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life…”
This is a type and shadow, with the Patient and woman coming together, because what’s birthed out of it is a Godly family, with Godly morals and principals, church going and God-fearing people.
What Screwtape is saying is that the Gospel, the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus, and the eternal life found in the person of the Holy Spirit that is preached in this Christian home, and the moral values that are being lived out; are a deadly odour. The attacks on Christian morals that stem from the result of becoming born again of His Holy Spirit are at an all-time high right now, because the devil knows his time is short and that Jesus can return at any time now and rapture His Bride to be with Him in Heaven.
No wonder there is such an attack on the body of Christ at this time. The attack that Screwtape is making on the woman goes beyond her, it’s typology of him attacking her seed, which ultimately brought forth the Christ-child, which bruised his head. So this Letter goes beyond the hatred of the Christian woman, the devil is attacking and loathing Jesus, His body the believers, the bride of Christ. The devil has nothing good to say about the woman, but everything he’s saying about her he’s saying about the Church.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 talks about the comfort of Christ’s return to rapture His Bride and this is what the devil despises; “13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen [a]asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who [b]sleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are [c]asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
This catching away, is what the devil would like the Christian to lose out on, and be left behind to face the trials that are coming on the whole world during the seven years of tribulation. This is why there is such an attack on the Christian church and why there is such a great falling away from the Christian faith taking place like never before. The following scripture shows that a Christian can backslide to a place of no return.
Hebrews 6:4-6 says; “4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 [a]if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”
2 Peter 2:20-22 also says; “20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”
Screwtape goes on to boast on one of his weapons called noise, which he uses to distract people with; “Music and silence--how I detest them both! How thankful we should be that ever since our Father entered Hell--though longer ago than humans, reckoning in light years, could express--no square inch of infernal space and no moment of infernal time has been surrendered to either of those abominable forces, but all has been occupied by Noise.”
We are living in a time where social and mainstream media is trying so hard to drown out any and all Christian family morals founded in Christianity, and replace them with a secular anti-Christian socialistic agenda that is rooted in Communism. The media for the most part, is a loud noise of lies that is ramping up like never before and propagating antichrist ideology, that in the end, will persecute the Bride of Christ, who does not bow their knee to them and embrace secular humanism as God.
We have to remember what it says about Jesus being the light of the world. It’s going to get darker as the day’s progress, but Christians will get brighter. The sermons will get brighter and louder in the midst of darkness. The devil thinks he’s using all the news and media to drown out the voice of the Christian, but the more he does, he causes the voice of the Christian to be amplified. The harder he tries to suppress the voice of the Christian, the louder the voice of Christians are heard. The devil cannot stop the church growing, try as he may, he never has and he never will.
Jesus says in John 1:1-5; “1 In the beginning [before all time] was the Word ([a]Christ), and the Word was with God, and [b]the Word was God Himself. 2 He was [continually existing] in the beginning [co-eternally] with God. 3 All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being. 4 In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines on in the [c]darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it].”
Jesus also says in John 8:12; “12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
1 Peter 2:9 says; “9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”
The hatred for Christian family values and morals is not going away, but rather is here to stay so long as the god of this world, satan, is ruling and reining, but that is not to say that Christians are to stop raising Godly families with Christian morals and stop attending Church. It’s time to stand up and prepare themselves as the bride-to-be of Christ; spotless, without blemish, and be ready for His return to take them home, be it dead in the grave or alive, Christ is coming to take them to a knew home that He has prepared for them.
This is what the devil is lividly mad about, it’s not so much the Christian woman but rather the Godly morals, values, homes, church going and in at the end being prepared as the bride of Christ to go to heaven. He’s looking beyond this woman and is seeing the Church.
Jesus says in John 14:1-6; “14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many [a]mansions; if it were not so, [b]I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.” 5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
This separates Christianity from all other religions. Jesus here proclaims Himself to be the only way to heaven and that’s why the Church is persecuted so hard.
From the time of Adam and Eve’s fall until now, there has been enmity between the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light as we read in Genesis 3:15 where satan, the serpent is cursed; “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
Jesus says in Matthew 5:10-12; “10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
We see this persecution growing now more than ever as we see it in the most conservative countries, States and Provinces, places which 100 years ago was unthinkable is now on the daily news. But as a Christian, you are blessed and are to rejoice because your reward is in heaven as the bride of Christ, to be with Him forever!
Before reading the following overview of this Letter, we suggest that you click on the link above to read the short Letter 21, for today’s Illustrated Message, which will help you understand the following message.
Screwtape says to Wormwood; “Yes. A period of sexual temptation is an excellent time for working in a subordinate attack on the patient's peevishness. It may even be the main attack, as long as he thinks it the subordinate one. But here, as in everything else, the way must be prepared for your moral assault by darkening his intellect.”
Let’s look at the definition of peevish; it means easily irritated, especially by unimportant things.
The demons knows that what makes a Christian easily irritated by unimportant things in life that cause them to be fretful and peevish, will as a result, darken their intellect. This makes them more vulnerable to sexual temptations that come their way, which only brings temporary relief from the ongoing irritations that demons attack them with.
I believe that the main reason that demons get away with the attacks that set Christians up for sexual temptations is simply that Christians are not living a sanctified life and have not died to self.
We read this in Galatians 2:20; “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
As Christians, we are to live a crucified lifestyle every day. Jesus says clearly in Luke 9:23-24; “23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross [a]daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.”
Romans 6:10-11 also says; “10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, [a]reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
A good question to ask yourself today is, are you dead to sin and alive to Christ Jesus?
Ephesians 4:17-24 says; “17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as [a]the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”
So long as Screwtape and Wormwood can keep the Patient from living a crucified life that is sanctified, they are easily able to set him up to yield to sexual temptations. If a Christian is truly dead to self, none of these attacks would move them to become peevish and easily irritated because they are truly living a life that is crucified to the things of the world and the devil has no place in them.
Are you easily irritated and peeved when the devil comes in to rob you of certain time slots in your life that you think you own? Allow the Holy Spirit to examine your heart today.
Screwtape says; “Now you will have noticed that nothing throws him into a passion so easily as to find a tract of time which he reckoned on having at his own disposal unexpectedly taken from him. It is the unexpected visitor (when he looked forward to a quiet evening), or the friend's talkative wife (turning up when he looked forward to a tete-a-tete with the friend), that throw him out of gear. Now he is not yet so uncharitable or slothful that these small demands on his courtesy are in themselves too much for it. They anger him because he regards his time as his own and feels that it is being stolen.”
Have you been thrown out of gear this week because your time that you thought you owned got robbed of you? It could be any number of things that in the end, get you peeved and irritable. If so, it shows that you’re not dead in Christ yet and are still in the flesh.
The Apostle Paul says clearly in Philippians 2:4; “4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
Things do come and will come to rob you of your scheduled life, but what is your heart attitude and reaction to it? That’s what Jesus is looking at. Are you dead to self today?
As a Christian, these scriptures below are the marker of truth and example of attitude in times when your time is getting stolen from you, when the devil wants to get your intellect so darkened with irritations that he can set you up just perfectly with that sexual temptation that you think will satisfy. But it won’t, it’s temporal and you’ll end up back where you were, fighting with more irritations, more schedule interruptions or whatever other attack the devil wants to irritate you with over the things you idolize and worship. Why? Because you’re not dead to self yet.
1 Corinthians 13:4-6 says; “4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not [a]puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, [b]thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;”
Galatians 5:22-23 says; “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [a]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
Colossians 3:12-14 says; “12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”
Screwtape says; “You must therefore zealously guard in his mind the curious assumption "My time is my own". Let him have the feeling that he starts each day as the lawful possessor of twenty-four hours.”
How often have you woken up thinking about the number of hours you have at your disposal for that day between work, family, reading a book, watching a movie, and to have personal time alone where you don’t have anyone who is going to talk to you? Have you thought of it that it’s all ‘yours’?
This is the exact opposite of what Jesus teaches Christians to live like, and it’s not about being a poor steward of our time, but rather it is no longer our time but His time that we are spending, either on the things of this world or on that which advances the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus says in Luke 9:23; “23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross [a]daily, and follow Me.”
He says also in John 12:24-26; “24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much [a]grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”
So when you wake up in the morning and you have 16 hours for all that you want to accomplish, you need to remember that the time isn’t your own, but it’s Jesus’. You need to ask the Holy Spirit what He wants you to do, regardless of the schedule you have. Yes, there are work schedules you need to stay on, but how about the days you’re not working, or lunch time, break time, evening time or weekends?
James 4:13-17 says; “13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow [a]we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
Again, when you’re planning your day, are you asking the Holy Spirit about His work and what the Father wants you to do? Are you asking if what you’re planning on doing, is it the Lord’s will? Really then, you’re not to boast about your plans, but always have the humble attitude of, ‘if the Lord wills’, you’ll do this or that. James says it is sin to boast about what you’re going to do if it is not God’s will.
Again, we read in Galatians 2:20where it says; “20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Screwtape says; “Even in the nursery a child can be taught to mean by "my Teddy-bear" not the old imagined recipient of affection to whom it stands in a special relation (for that is what the Enemy will teach them to mean if we are not careful) but "the bear I can pull to pieces if I like". And at the other end of the scale, we have taught men to say "My God" in a sense not really very different from "My boots", meaning "The God on whom I have a claim for my distinguished services and whom I exploit from the pulpit--the God I have done a corner in".
Even as a child, the fallen nature manifests itself with the mentality that it’s all, ‘mine’. The sinful nature says, ‘I can do what I like because it’s mine.’ Growing up, you can see that people have this same attitude toward some or many possessions they’ve acquired in life. This selfish nature will even put God in a corner because they see their time as their own, ‘it’s mine’. As a Christian, even what you own isn’t technically yours, neither is your body because you are Christ’s, you’ve been bought by the blood of Jesus and you have to honour Christ with your body. That’s why sexual immorality is unacceptable, as every other sin is outside the body, but sexual sin is against the body.
In all of God’s judgements, it seems like the same theme comes up; man becomes independent of God and ends up in self worship, he then becomes irritable and peeved because something got in the way of his self worship or what he idolized, which then leads down a road of destruction to become open prey for sexual sin. If not repented of, these are then judged by God. It then becomes a continual ‘mouse on a tread mill’ life.
The Bible says that perilous times and perilous men will come in 2 Timothy 3:1-5; “3 But know this, that in the last days [a]perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, [b]unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
As a Christian, you have to turn away from people like are described here. We are now living in a time that this scripture is being played out to the fullest, and it is not going to get better, but worse. However, the Christian’s life can be the opposite, by living a sanctified life that is dead to self will and alive to obeying God’s will for their lives. Freedom, peace and joy is when self worship gets off the throne of your heart.
Romans 8:1-6 says; “8 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who[a] do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be [b]carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 says; “3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God;”
Here shows the difference between the true Christian and the ungodly; it’s normal for the ungodly to be irritable and peeved when something gets in the way of their self worship and the idols in their lives, but the Christian is commanded to be different.
Christians need to stand up now and live lives as though Jesus could be coming back at any moment to rapture them away, which by the way, could happen any time now. This is why it’s so important to live a crucified life that is sanctified in obeying what the Bible says about living a holy life that is dedicated unto the service of the Lord Jesus. Living a life that is full of self worship will only lead to being irritable and peeved with everything that gets in the way of it, and ultimately will set up a Christian to fall into temptations of sexual sin for some temporary relief that never satisfies.
Screwtape says; “The sense of ownership in general is always to be encouraged. The humans are always putting up claims to ownership which sound equally funny in Heaven and in Hell and we must keep them doing so. Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men's belief that they "own" their bodies—"
This is touching a big idol today, only due to the fact that media has made it way bigger. It’s all about the rights that you think you have to your body and this mentality has slipped into the church. The rights that you have to determine your sexual orientation, the rights you have to abort or not to abort the child in the womb, and the list of rights goes on and on. As a Christian though, Jesus commands something different of us.
The Apostle Paul clarifies this in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; “19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body [a]and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
When you became a Christian, you gave up your rights to your own body. Jesus came to live inside your body by the Holy Spirit. The way you used to behave as an ungodly person, you don’t behave that way any more. You now conform yourself to His image.
When a Christian buys into the lie that he or she own their own body, it opens a up a door for the devil rob, kill and destroy their relationship with God, through various means of self worship. This is why that we should not be so surprized that there is such a great falling away in the body of Christ, the Church today, and it is only going to increase and get worse. All the more reason to obey the words of Jesus and reject the worship of self as the day of His return is near.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, the Apostle Paul says; “16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
The rapture of the bride Christ is at hand, and if you have become a worshipper of self, and have not laid down your life for Christ, you will be left behind to face seven years of tribulation, God’s wrath being poured out on lawlessness and unrighteousness, such as which the world has never seen before.
Jesus says this in Matthew 24:36-44; “36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of [a]heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what [b]hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what [c]hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
We are in the very last days, and just like it was for Noah, everyone is eating, drinking and being merry, worshiping idols and themselves, busy about secular affairs having dropped the affairs of God, having given up the worship of one true God for the worship of many gods, including themselves. The devil’s goal is to get the Christian to believe that their body is their own. ‘It’s mine’, as Screwtape says, that they can do whatever they want with it, and if successful cause them to fall into self worship, which if not repented of, opens the door for sexual sins. Sexual sins are different from all other sins because you sin against your own body, which as a Christian, is a temple of the Holy Spirit. The devil wants you to defile the temple of the Holy Spirit which is your body.
Jesus is coming for His bride, the church, and as a bride is to be a virgin before marriage, so as Christians we need to be pure, holy and set apart for Jesus as a chaste virgin. Don’t allow sexual sins and infidelity to Christ thwart you from being caught up with Jesus when He raptures His Church or if you die to thwart you from going to heaven.