Upon reading Bible Scholar Jack Van Impe’s newsletter on this morning of May 9th, I was deeply impressed by how clearly it describes the difference between a Carnal Christian and a Spirit-Filled Christian. Though I have often attempted to describe the difference between the two being the filling of the Holy Spirit, or lack thereof, Dr. Van Impe’s explanation is the best that I’ve seen. In this message, Dr. Van Impe shows the difference between a believer’s spiritual gifts, and the fruit of the Spirit that is the catalyst for using spiritual gifts in a manner that is pleasing to Yahweh God. Since I believe that this crucial message is much-needed in the Church today, I am sharing it here on my blog so that everyone I know can also be blessed by it.
The reason I feel that this distinction between spiritual gifts and the fruit of the Spirit is important is because there is a BIG difference between being saved from the fires of Hell through belief in Yahshua, and reigning and ruling with Christ for a thousand years. It is my FIRM belief that those believers who are living carnally and comfortably with sin will NOT be taken in the Rapture, which is for those who will reign with Christ during His Millennial Rule, but only the faithful servants of Yahshua who are following Him, are not in love with the world, and truly desire to be with Him. Meanwhile, those who are apostate (i.e. who are living in sin, and are in love with the world) will be left behind so that they can be refined in the fire of the Tribulation.
This doesn’t mean that any believers will lose their salvation, but that they are not worthy of our blessed hope in the Rapture due to their unregenerated spiritual condition. But because they are saved, even if they die, they will be raised up at the end of the Tribulation, when all the martyrs will be raised. However, all those who are saved, but who are still carnal when they die before and during the Great Tribulation may have to wait until the Last Judgment to be raised to everlasting life, since they will be unworthy to reign and rule with Christ. This is therefore something important that all believers need to ponder, and pray about.
Where do you want to be during the Millennial Rule of Christ? Do you wish to be serving the King in the Kingdom, or do you wish to be relegated to the outer darkness, where there will be much weeping and gnashing of teeth?
Do you have this fruit? You may speak in tongues and be mean, or you may have the “gift of faith” and be cantankerous. You may be a “helper” in the vineyard and do nothing but cultivate poison grapes for other Spirit-filled believers.