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were "necessary," but two dollars for church was too much. A scratch on his car door was "terrible," but a sinful blot on his soul was nothing to get upset about.

    In this manner, Martin sold his wonderful "birthright" for a "mess of pottage." Is the selling of spiritual "birthrights" for worldly "messes of pottage" today, just as serious as Esau's? Why? What terrible consequences will result from the selling of spiritual "birthrights" if persons harden themselves in their condition as Esau, and do not sincerely repent?

    While an outward covenant relationship is a great privilege and includes significant benefits and responsibilities, it is not sufficient for salvation.

A person can be related to God's covenant and church in an outward manner and still be lost. How does the following chart provide scriptural proof of this truth?


Scriptural Examples of Lost Outwardly-Related Covenant Members

Person

Reference

1. Ishmael

Nevertheless what saith the Scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

- Galatians 4:30

2. Esau

What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?

As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

- Romans 9:13

3. The children of Israel during their wilderness wanderings

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

- I Corinthians 10:4-5

4. Judas Iscariot

And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

- 11 Chronicles 20:13

The Son of man goeth as it is written of Him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

- Matthew 26:24

5. Simon the Sorcerer

Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

- Acts 8:21,23

How is the blessing of opportunity different from the blessing of fulfillment? How does this distinction apply to outward and inward covenant relationships?


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