Subject: One that has inheritance in the kingdom of God, and one without inheritance
The LORD God said unto Abram again, after that Lot was separated from him:
“Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and
For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.
Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.”(Gen. 13:14-17)
Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an alter unto the LORD.
Even nowadays, God speak unto the spiritual Christian of their inheritance in the kingdom of God to receive in the future, after he separates the carnal Christian from spiritual one. In other word, God speak unto them of the reigning power in his kingdom.
In the main passage, there was war among the kings. The king of Sodom and his allies were defeated by his enemies; and all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah with all their foods were taken by their enemies. And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods. When Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan. And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them. He brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.
The people of Sodom and Gomorrah were dwelling in laziness pursuing comfortable life; there was no way for them to defeat their enemies at all. Nowadays, carnal Christians also fall down defeated in spiritual war fares when Satan attacks them. The LORD God warned the people of Judah when they were dwelling departed from him to be united with the world. Prophet Ezekiel testified:
“As I live, saith the Lord God, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters.
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and
in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.
Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done.”(EZ. 16:48-51)
The word of warning was spoken unto Judah that did more abomination more than Samaria. Spiritually, it is also the word of warning unto the churches of God in the last days. The Lord Jesus appeared unto Apostle John, and let him write the letter of warning unto the church of Laodiceans:
“These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; andanoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”(Rv. 3:14-22)
The LORD God gave a message of warning unto Lot before he judged Sodom and Gomorrah. But Lot still wanted to dwell in Sodom to pursue carnal comfort in laziness. He still wanted to dwell in Sodom exactly same as the present world, even after all his goods and life through his uncle, Abram. Abram must have encouraged Lot to dwell in the promised land by God. But he preferred to live in Sodom to live in the land of mountains in discomfort according to the word of God. He couldn’t see Sodom to be ashes through the judgment of God to come sooner or later with is eyes blinded spiritually. Even the churches of Laodiceans cannot see the judgment against the present world at the brink of the judgment of God.
Finally, the LORD God visited Abram with two angels. They came to Abram to give a blessing message of the son, Isaac to be born, for he was a spiritual man that obey his words together with the word of promise saying, “Abraham shall surely become a great and might nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?”(Gen. 18:18)
The second purpose of their coming was to judge Sodom and Gomorrah where Lot was dwelling. The LORD sent the two angels to Sodom to judge them. Sodom sat in the gate of Sodom; and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them. But it was too late to return from the judgment. Abraham seek the LORD remembering Lot sincerely. But he couldn’t seek the LORD knowing less than ten righteous men in the city of Sodom.
Finally Lot lost all of his goods burned to be ashes. His two married daughters were destroyed in the midst of fire to be ashes, and even his wife became a pillar of salt, for she looked back. Even the two daughters who escaped with Lot were ended up to be the mothers of Moab and Ammon that are cursed by God. But Lot is called a righteous
man as testified by the scripture:
“And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:”(2Pet. 2:5-9)
Lot saved his own soul, but lost all things that he owned. Apostle Paul testified of two kinds of Christian that saved their souls by faith of the Lord Jesus Christ unto the church of Corinthians; he testified of their judgment of their works at the judgment seat of Christ;
“According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”(1Cor. 3:10-15)
Yeah! The children of God born of the Spirit are not condemned to go to hell, but their works shall be judged. God and silver rand precious stone are the symbol of not burning works; the other tree are the things to be burn. Not burning works are the things done lawfully according to the word of God; the burning works are nothing to do with the word of God. Timothy testified of the works done lawfully:
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.”(2Tim. 2:3-5)
Lord Jesus spoke of two kind of people:
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:”(Matt. 7:24-26)
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Apostle Paul testified of them that lose the inheritance in the kingdom of God in details:
“For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”(Eph. 5:5,6)
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”(Gal. 5:19-21)
Apostle John gave us a warning message finalizing the book of Revelation saying:
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”(Rev. 22:14,15)
Lord Jesus said, “Remember Lot’s wife!”(Luke 17:32)