Clarence E. Mason's "Soteriology
BELIEVERS AND PROFESSORS
BY THE AUTHOR
Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
BELIEVERS AND PROFESSORS
The parables which Jesus spoke in Matthew 13 leave no doubt whatsoever in our
minds that in this church age there will be a strange admixture of the true
and the false among those who profess the name of Jesus Christ. Confusion of
interpretation will result if we do not recognize this line of demarcation.
Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between the false and the true, and
other times it is very easy.
- THE FACT OF SUCH A MIXTURE
OF THE FALSE AND TRUE
2 Cor. 11:13-15; Neh. 13:1-3; Mt. 13:24-30,47-50; 2 Pet. 2:1-2; Ex. 12:38;
- SCRIPTURAL ILLUSTRATIONS OF
- Simon, the sorcerer, Acts
8:13-21. Inverse 13, he believed, was baptized, continued, but verse 19
shows his real condition.
- The antichrists of John's
day, 1 Jn. 2:19.
What an indictment! If they were ever born again, they will come back
- The man with the unclean
spirit, Mt. 12:43-45; 1 Thes. 1:9.
- The disciples who turned
back, Jn. 6:64-66.
- The foolish virgins, Mt.
- The false prophets, Mt. 7:15-23;
- Those without works, Jas.
- THE BELIEVERS ARE ENCOURAGED
- THE FALSE ARE WARNED
- BELIEVERS ARE REWARDED PROFESSORS
Reward if ye serve the Lord Christ
Many will say, "Lord ... I never knew you."
- SOME CONSIDERATIONS
- In handling admittedly difficult
passages, never use a doubtful or obscure passage to contradict a clear
and positive one. "Don't use an 'IF' to contradict a 'VERILY'."
Example: Compare Hebrews 6:4-6 with John 5:24. In Hebrews 6:6, the individual
has partaken of all that God has to offer, even of the work of the Holy
Ghost in His convicting work, but the Scripture does not say that he has
- The cases of Judas Iscariot
- Judas never was a believer,
Jn. 6:68-71. Jesus answered them, "Have not I chosen you twelve,
and one of you is a devil?"
- Peter never ceased to
be a believer, Lk. 22:31-32; Jn. 6:68-71. The Lord said, "Simon,
behold, Satan hath desired to have you. . .But I have prayed for thee,
that thy faith fail not. "
Note the R.V.
"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might
sift you as wheat; but I made supplication for thee, that thy faith
fail not; and do thou, when once thou hast turned again, establish
thy brethren. "
- THE SEPARATION TAKES PLACE
AT THE SECOND COMING
Matthew 13:28-30; 1 Corinthians 4:5
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