There lived a father that had 3 sons. One day, his 3 sons are going to go to school. The father gave them 3 houses and 3 keys. A, the first son, took it. B took it too. But C, he didn’t even care about that key. He ignored and didn’t take the key.
After the school, the 3 boys went to home. But because C didn’t take the key, he couldn’t enter his new house.
And in the middle of A and B’s journey, B lost his key, and he searched for it for a long, long time, but he didn’t even found it.
But A didn’t lost his key. He kept and guarded his key, because he know, the key is the only way to enter his new house, and without it, he would lost forever.
So A, B, C, met their father. The father proudly let A enter his new house. But to B and C, the father was angry at them, for losing and not taking the key. He threw out them from their new houses. They was not able to enter those house forever.
B. Reflection and meaning
The father was our Lord God. The 3 sons were humans with 3 different types. The key (it was the same key, but copied to 3) was salvation that God gave through Jesus Christ. So this is the types of humans:
A: Humans that accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, and work hard to keep their key, their salvation. Note that the key is from the father, but A only work hard to KEEP the key, not to OBTAIN the key.
B: Humans that accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior in the beginning, but then missed the key. They lost it, because they just didn’t care about it, just “do as you want to do”, not guarding and not keeping the key. In other words, apostasy.
C: Humans that didn’t know or didn’t accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.
So from the story it’s really clear that we must work hard to maintain our salvation. No such things as OSAS, no such things as hypergrace. In fact, in one of Jesus’ parables, He stated the one who received the seed on the path, on the stones, in the thorns. It means that they received Him as their Savior, but then apostate.
And Apostle Paul made it clear again with this verse:
* Philippians 2:12
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but so much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Look at the bold words. WORK OUT your own salvation with fear and trembling. So it’s clear, we must do the works of God to keep our salvation, not just keep silence. Just look what happened to those who kept silence in Matthew 25:31-46
הַלְּלוּיָהּ – Halelu-Yah!