Thursday, October 23, 2008

Matthew 24:13

“But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.” (NASB)


“But the one who endures (hupomeno: take patiently, tarry behind, abide, to not recede or flee, suffer) to the end (telos: uttermost, finally, ending, termination, the limit at which a thing ceases to be, that by which a thing is finished, its close), he will be saved (sozo: made whole, healed, kept safe and sound, rescued from danger or destruction, restored to health, preserved).”


The one who does not flee or turn back to the uttermost end, he will be made whole and complete and rescued from destruction.


This verse is at a place in Scripture where Jesus is speaking of His return. After speaking of events that will be taking place, He then tells His disciples this interesting phrase. Without bringing up a lot of theological issues regarding rapture theories, I challenge you to examine what it means to “endure to the end”. As I’ve stated before, we are to be an overcoming people that rest in God’s power and authority over our lives. We are not to flee from danger and trials – we are to overcome them! Salvation is not a "decision" to be made, it is an ongoing life to be lived. Today, be an overcomer, a victor – prepare yourself now to endure to the end so that you may be saved.

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