To understand what have been discussed in the previous parts in greater depth, let me give you an allegory of several types of people (as used in the book). Our main characters are: Independent, Deceived, Selfish, and Charity.
Independent is a representative of non-believers. Independent questions the existence of God, and he doesn’t believe in every single thing that has been told to him. He even ridicules other people for believing such nonsense. Independent seeks money, and all other worldly stuffs. He succeeds from the world’s eyes – he is rich, happy, and he lives according to his will.
Deceived represents believers. He believes that Jesus exists, and even delights in His promises. He knows that Jesus is the Savior, and He is the only way for him to have salvation. But, his lifestyle is contrary to that of a true follower of Christ. Yes, he will still do the Christian things, but if it is not beneficial for him, he will quickly change his ways. Deceived never thinks about the eternal judgment of Christ, and he only lives according to his ways.
Selfish also represents believers. He believes in Jesus and His teachings. He accepts Jesus as his personal Savior and he believes all who acknowledges God verbally and live a life that doesn’t break major laws will enter the kingdom of God. Although he is a true follower of Christ, as his name says, he is rather selfish and often the good that he does is based on personal benefit.
Charity is the true believer. She believes in Jesus, His teachings, and she applies them in her lifestyle. She seeks God earnestly, gives towards the poor, and doing all things merely to glorify the name of God. Charity loves Jesus and longs for the day that she will meet Him. She talks Jesus to others, even though in times she gets ridiculed of. She is faithful towards God.
All these people live their lives according to their beliefs, and then the judgment day comes.
INDEPENDENT before God’s Judgment
Will you think Independent will enter the kingdom of God? The answer is NO! He has denied God in all possible way, not only in his mind, but he also hardened his heart towards Him. The Bible says that God plants the knowledge of Jesus in each individual’s heart, “For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts.” (Romans 1: 19). For people who are like Independent, they will be cast of to the Lake of Fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing teeth: “Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 22:13)
DECEIVED before God’s Judgment
As for Deceived, he is a believer. But as mentioned before, not all people who believe that Jesus is Lord will enter the kingdom of God. Deceived is really deceived in his thoughts about Christ. These people claim that they know Jesus, but they deny Him in the ways they live. Notice once again that even devils believe that Jesus is Lord, and they tremble in fear: “You believe there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder (tremble in fear).” (James 2:12). These people only want to follow Jesus if there is a reward, for instance, for His promises of blessings, wealth, health, etc. But they don’t want to deny themselves, take up their crosses, and follow Him: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Matthew 16: 24). These so-called believers will sincerely believe that Jesus is their Savior, but they will only believes in Him merely for the fact of what can He do for them, rather than who He is. It’s no different than a woman who is marrying a man for his money.
SELFISH before God’s Judgment
Selfish is the type of believer that believes in Jesus, and doing partly of His will. The question is, will he pass the judgment seat? The answer is: Yes, he will, but just barely: “If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire (barely!).” (1 Cor 3: 15). Selfish has the heart that belongs to Jesus, even though he still seeks personal benefits and such. Thus, during his judgment, all his good works in the earth will be burnt, and he barely enters heaven. Selfish still believes in Jesus and he is still His servant, even though he wastes to much and not lives to his full extent.
CHARITY before God’s Judgment
You all now will be able to guess what is Charity’s judgment. Charity is a true believer. She will not only enter the kingdom of God, but she will also have all her rewards! She does the will of God in her life, living to her extent, and seeks God earnestly. She will be given the crown, and her works in the earth will not be burnt. Like a gold, it will be purified and survive the fire. “…each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.” (1 Cor 3:13-14). Now she will spend the eternity alongside Jesus, receiving one of the finest houses in heaven, and rule with God throughout eternity.
So what you want to become? Is it Independent, who has all his desires here on earth – live happily on earth? Or is it Deceived, who distorted his own view of Jesus? Will it be Selfish, who just barely escapes hell, or will it be Charity, who loves God with all her sincerity and do the will of God? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be just barely enters heaven. Eternity is way TOOOOOOO LOOOOOOOONNNGGGGGGGGG to be imagined and I want have my best life up there with Jesus =) (still struggling though to be that kind of person though… lol)
To God be all the glory!