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Beware of the Dogs!
By Pastor John

Revelation 22:12-15
12 "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. 14 "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Jesus tells us who will enter the gates of Heaven.
14 "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.

Those who have repented of their sin, and have put their faith in Jesus Christ have been cleansed in His blood, and have been given His righteousness.  "...they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Revelation 7:14

Jesus also tells us who will be left on the outside.
15 Outside are the dogs…

Who are the Dogs?
...those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

They may have professed faith in Jesus Christ, and may have tried to walk with Him for a while, but they were not truly new creations in Christ.

2 Peter 2:22
22 Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit," and, "A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud."

An unregenerate heart eventually returns to its sinful ways.

Galatians 5:19-24
19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.

Discernment is needed. Does this person truly display the life of Jesus Christ in his/her actions and words? Is this a true Christian, or a dog?

Matthew 7:6
6 "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

Beware of the dogs.
Philippians 3:2-3
2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; 3 for we are the {true} circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh. (NAS)


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