Criminal and terrorist organizations in our current day, define their cowardly bravery and cowardly courage when they face the unarmed, the helpless, and the innocent.
Throughout the ages empires and nations have risen and fallen, because of their false motivations, because of their lusts for power, because of their deceptions and games that they have played against their would be friends, only to turn on them through lies and violence.
The same principle applies to individuals.
If empires can fail, then how can nations succeed?
If nations can fail, how can individuals succeed?
And so the principle applies universally over all of humanity.
If you practice treachery, the treachery will come back on you.
If you practice deceit, then deceit will come back on you.
If you take that which does not belong to you, then what you have will be taken from you.
Jesus Christ controls history.
Jesus Christ owns all of creation, including all of life.
Satan tried to take something that didn’t belong to him, and he will lose everything.
Believers in Jesus Christ, are members of Gods family, are citizens of God’s nation, and are joint heirs of everything that exists.
Those that advance in their spiritual life, receive greater portions than those who do not advance.
Anyone who does not have a spiritual life, namely unbelievers, has no right to anything that exists, because they are not heirs of God, therefore they have no inheritance.
Christians who do not advance in their spiritual life, squander the very essence of their heritage, and therefore forfeit some or all of their reward portion.
And so the principle remains. Living outside of Gods plan, means that whatever you have, you will lose.
Unbelievers lose everything because they are permanently outside of Gods plan.
Believers that do not advance in their spiritual life are functionally outside of Gods plan, and therefore they will lose reward.
Only believers in Christ, who will advance in their spiritual life to spiritual maturity, will stand to gain everything and far, far more.
Study [by instruction],
to show thyself approved [spiritually mature]
a workman [student]
that need not be ashamed [ignorant],
rightly dividing [learning, understanding, discerning]
the word of truth [Bible doctrine].
If you can dream and not make dreams your master,
If you can think and not let thoughts narrow your views,
If you can meet triumph with disaster equally,
If you can learn and see your full meaning and purpose in life,
Then you can believe in Christ, learn Bible doctrine, and grow far beyond the potential that God has prepared for you.