The One Question God Will Ask You When You Pass From This Life!

When you ask someone if they think they will go to Heaven; you get a variety of answers to that question. They rarely answer that they don’t think they’ll go. But you might hear answers like, I hope so, or I think so, or I’m not sure, or I’m working on it. According to the Bible, we can know that we are going to Heaven. So, all the above answers are incorrect and those that give them are currently not on their way to Heaven.

Boy, that sounds kind of harsh. Maybe even a little judgmental. Well, the Lord has given us a way where we can know that we are going to Heaven, and any answer that is not in the affirmative to that question means that those that do answer that way do not know the way the Lord has provided.

There are also those that if asked if they think they are going to Heaven will answer in the affirmative but have made up their own criteria for entrance to Heaven. When pressed on why they think they would go, you will get a variety of answers to this question as well. Although the following list is not all-inclusive, you might get one of the following responses. They might say that they have lived a good life, or that they pray, or that they attend church, or that they have given to the poor, or that they have taken good care of their family. The list goes on and although these things are admirable, and things we should all strive for; those that answer this way are not ready to meet the Lord.

If we were to stand before the Lord and extol our virtues as the reason He should accept us into Heaven, His one question to us would be: “Yes, but what did you do with My Son. I sent Him to die for you on a cruel Cross. Your faith should be exclusively in My Son’s great work on the Cross. He, and He alone, paid the price.”

We know that life can be fleeting. We are guaranteed no more than today. In light of this one question the Lord will ask of us all; shouldn’t we make sure that we have placed our faith in the One that died for us. The One Who paid the price so that we could be with Him forever.

When we pass from this life if our faith is in Jesus and His great work at the Cross, then the Lord’s Word says, “absence from the body means present with the Lord.” When the Lord asks us, “What did you do with My Son?“, we can answer Him by saying that we have repented of our sinful ways and our trust in our virtues and ways, and made His Son, Jesus, our Lord, and Savior.

There is only one question left to ask: Have we accept the gift of eternal life that cost the Lord so much to provide. We can be sure that the Lord will seek to know the answer to that question when we pass from this life. Our answer to it will determine where we spend eternity! Of that, we can be assured!

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

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What Does It Mean To Be Miserably Saved?

Just How Do We live A Victorious Christian Life?

“For therein is the Righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).

It’s the greatest day of our lives when we come to the Lord in repentance and faith and realize that our sins are forgiven and that through faith in Jesus and His work at the cross we have become children of God and are blessed in the heavenly with every spiritual blessing. We love the Lord and want to walk before Him in holiness all of our days.

Not far down the road, however, we come to a place where we fail the Lord in some way. We are horrified! This was not supposed to happen. We love the Lord and have committed ourselves to live a life pleasing to Him. What do we do to make sure that we do not fail Him again?

As a new Christian, we are at a crossroads at this point. If we make the right decision and go the right way; it will bring victory. If we choose the wrong way; it will bring constant defeat.

Many new Christians, not understanding the cross as far as our daily walk is concerned will choose the wrong way. They will try to sanctify themselves, or lead victorious Christian lives, by self-effort. They do not want whatever caused the defeat in their lives to reoccur, so they determine to do those things they believe will bring them victory. They might decide to pray more or read more in the Bible each day. Whatever they decide, though well-intentioned, it will not bring victory. The result will be a continued failure in their lives with them trying more and more to gain victory through the flesh. This is not the way our Christian life is to be lived. You could say they are miserably saved – seeking victory, but only experiencing defeat after defeat. We cannot be free from the sin in our lives with our efforts. Jesus accomplished that at the cross.

We are saved by our faith in Jesus and what He accomplished at the Cross. We are not to strive in our own strength to walk victoriously after we are saved. The victory in our daily walk with the Lord is determined by where we place our faith daily. If our faith is in Christ and Him crucified, it will allow the Holy Spirit to work mightily in our lives. The Holy Spirit works within the parameters of the finished work of Christ to bring us this victory. The following verse from Romans explains this:

“For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death” (Romans 8:2).

The Bible does not call us to fight sin. It calls us to fight the good fight of faith. Our faith in Christ crucified will bring us the victory we seek. Many Christians today, not understanding this, live in defeat. They are miserably saved. The Lord has not called us to live a life of defeat, but has won the victory by His death on the cross and has provided us the way to walk in victory in our lives.

Chapters 6-8 in Romans show us the pathway to living a victorious Christian life. Chapter 6 explains how the Holy Spirit works. Chapter 7 explains law and sin and the result of living by law which always brings defeat. Chapter 8 explains what the Holy Spirit does in our lives when our faith is properly placed. Many, in the church today, are living in Romans chapter 7, which is not the way the Lord has ordained for us to walk out this life.

The Lord paid a great price to redeem us. We are new creations and called to walk in faith in the victory He has provided. Paul said this to the Galatians who were tempted to go back under the Law: “Are you so foolish, having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?” As mentioned, let us “fight the good fight of faith (daily placing our faith in Christ and Him crucified)” which will bring us victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil. We are not saying we can walk in sinless perfection, but we are saying that we can live victorious Christian lives. As we place our faith in the Lord’s great work at the Cross; the Holy Spirit will work mightily in our lives. Our Savior has made it all possible.

With thanksgiving, we stand in faith in our great God Who loved us and proved His love for us by dying on a cruel cross so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. We can say with Peter it’s “joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

“So I say then, walk in the Spirit (by placing our faith exclusively in Christ and the cross), and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh” (Galatians 5:20).

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Lord, Remember Me

The Dying Thief

And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, verily I say unto you, Today shall you be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:42,43)

The above verses are an account of a conversation between Jesus and one of the two thieves that were crucified alongside Him. The Bible tells us little about him except that after reviling Jesus along with the other thief, his opinion of the Lord completely changed. We see this with his response to the other thief’s harsh words to the Lord in the following verse:

“And one of the malefactors (one of the two) which were hanged (crucified) railed on Him (Jesus) saying, If you be the Christ, save Yourself and us.”

The repentant thief responded with this strong rebuke of the other thief:

“But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Do not you fear God, seeing that you are in the same condemnation. And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds.”

The thief is here admitting to his guilt and agreeing that he is being justly punished for his crime. He, in the spirit of true repentance, is admitting his sin and acknowledging that his punishment is just. He goes on to say this regarding Jesus:

“But this Man (Jesus) has done nothing amiss.”

This is one of the few kind words that Jesus received that day. He is realizing just who Jesus is and goes on to declare His Lordship and ask for forgiveness. He says:

“Lord, remember me when you come into Your kingdom.”

Dying on a cross for his wrongs, he now places his total faith in Jesus. A most incredible conversion. Jesus responds to his faith with the following:

“And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto you, Today shall you be with me in Paradise.”

Repentance and faith in Christ and Him crucified are the only requirements for salvation. The thief certainly could not do any works to qualify himself for the reward of Heaven. The Lord did not say that he needed to go to Purgatory or do some penance to make himself worthy of Heaven. Jesus didn’t point him to His mother Mary who was in the crowd. He simply told the thief that he would be with Him in Paradise that very day. Jesus paid the full price for our sins on the cross. Just before He died He said, “It is finished.” There is nothing we could add to His “finished” work. Just like this thief, we are saved and made ready for Heaven by faith in Jesus and His atoning work on the cross.

By the way, the thief’s stay in Paradise was a very short one. Three days after the Lord’s death on the cross, He rose from the dead and all those in Paradise, which included all the Old Testament saints, accompanied Jesus to Heaven. The price had to be paid for the sin of man before anyone could have their sins forgiven and go to Heaven. Now, after Calvary, when someone dies, the Bible says that we go directly to Heaven to be with the Lord. The Apostle Paul said this: “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body (death), and to be present with the Lord (Heaven).” He paid it all. Only believe.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

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Is Your Foundation Sure? The Wind Is Only Going To Get Stronger.

Difficult Times Are On The Horizon – We Must Have A Sure Foundation

In these difficult times, we may wonder if even the foundation of our society will remain in place. As the winds of increased lawlessness and uncertainty blow across our whole land; What are we to do? We hear the news and see things seemingly getting worse by the day. The things that are happening in our country are so foreign to us. We have been a nation blessed by God since our inception. What has happened to our country that the rule of law does not hold firm? Why are some willing to cast off our form of government and all the blessings that have been ours? The answer is that we have forgotten God. We have cast Him out of our public life and not brought up our children in the admonition of the Lord. What we see going on in our country and around the world lines up with what the Bible says things would be like just prior to His coming. What are we to do?

When the wind does blow, and there is a stronger wind coming, we will stand and not be swept away if our faith is in the Lord and His Word. In the following verse, the Lord likens the one who has placed his faith in the Lord and His Word to a man building a house on a sure foundation:

“He is like a man which built a house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock. (Luke 6:48)

If we walk in the knowledge and grace of the Lord we will make it through. The Bible clearly shows us that the Lord is with us, protects us, and will see us through the difficulties of this life. If we belong to the Lord, He watches over us.

“And when the flood arose, the streams beat vehemently upon the house, and could not shake it: for its foundation was upon a rock.”

That rock is Christ. If we have our faith in Christ and Him crucified, we can rest in the knowledge that we are on a sure foundation. The winds of end-time trouble may blow but we are secure in Him. The Lord’s Word says that leading up to His return, troubles will increase in frequency and severity. He has said that though the floodwaters come against our “house”, it will stand. This is a great promise in these troubled times.

“But he who hears, and does not (does not come in faith), is like a man without a foundation built a house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:49)

We may have things that come against us in this life that are hard to deal with. If we don’t have a firm foundation then these life events can weaken, or even destroy us. Today, we not only have these to deal with, but we have a changing world around us that is hard for us to understand. The Lord, of course, knew this and warned us of its coming and provided a safe harbor for us. What happens if everything we know today, all that we have become accustomed to and count on changes overnight? We have seen our life change pretty dramatically this past year alone. Many are wondering if life will ever return to normal. Many are wondering what will happen next. These are uncertain times. The Lord wants us to know that He is our sure foundation – our place of rest.

“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

We need to prepare for whatever is coming, both in our personal lives and in these end times. The Lord came to defeat the powers of darkness and He was victorious at the cross. The church age is nearly over and the Lord will return to defeat the enemy and restore all things. Our sure foundation will keep us in these troubled times. We need only rest in the knowledge that the Lord knows all, has told us these times would come, and will keep us in the midst of any trouble we may face in the coming days. He is our sure foundation as we await the day of His return ….. and what a day that will be!

What A Day That Will Be

There’ll be no more sorrow there, no more burdens to bear, no more sickness, no pain, no more parting over there. And forever I will be, with the One Who died for me. What a day, glorious day that will be.

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Prophecy Points To His Soon Return

The Time Of The Gentiles Nears Its End

The Storm Of All Storms Is On The Horizon

“And they (the Jewish people) shall fall by the sword, and shall be led away captive into all the nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke 21:24).

Jesus spoke the above words regarding Israel shortly before His death. In AD70 these words were partially fulfilled when Rome invaded Israel and destroyed the temple. Many of the Jews were killed, or led away captive, with some being scattered throughout the known world. Israel, at that time ceased to exist as a nation.

Fast forward almost 2000 years and we find the Jews back in their land as of May of 1948. This return of the jews to their homeland after almost 2000 years is unprecedented in history. This has never happened! Never has a nation reformed on the same land, as the same people, after such a long period of time.

This is an important happening because it was prophesied by the Lord in the Bible and is one of the major signs from the Lord that the end of all things is at hand. The Bible refers to this time as the end time and it will bring great destruction and death in what is known as the seven year period of the Great Tribulation. The end of this seven years will herald in the return of Christ in The Second Coming.

“…Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Today, the Lord is calling out to all those that dwell on the Earth through his Word and the prophecies He has given us as signs and warnings of this time of catastrophic events and worldwide suffering and death. We are quickly approaching this time that will bring judgment on the world, It will be a time of destruction and death unequaled in our history from the time of beginning. The Lord said, “And except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved..”

Millions will die during this time as the Lord’s final judgment comes on a Christ rejecting world. The church will have been taken out prior to this time at the Rapture and will not go through the Great Tribulation. To serve the Lord during this time will cost millions their lives due to the rise of evil that will prevail after the church is taken out. Satan will wreak havoc and destruction through his man of sin, the Antichrist. The Second coming of the Lord is the only thing that will stop the judgment and death that will sweep throughout the world.

At the time of Noah, the people watched as Noah labored for some 100 years to build the ark. He was a preacher of righteousness warning those alive at the time of the coming judgment. Outside of his family, not one person heeded his warnings. In Matthew 24 the Lord said this of the people of this time, “For in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and given in marriage until the day that Noah entered the ark.” The Lord was not against them caring out the normal functions of life, but was pointing out that they were living their lives without any regard for the Lord and His ways.

The Lord goes on in the next verse and speaks of the result of what happened to them due to their total disregard for Him, and says that people living in our time will have a similar disregard for the things of the Lord. He said, “And (they) knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be (the Second Coming).” The Lord warned about these times, the end times, since his first advent nearly 2000 years ago. We are swiftly approaching these times. The signs of these approaching times can be clearly seen today. The Lord came as a savoir on His first advent; He is coming to judge this world at His Second Coming. The following verse shows us God’s heart toward us:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

As the above well known verse tells us, God loves us and sent his Son to die for the sin of mankind on a cruel Cross . It is not His wish that any should perish. He asks only that we repent of our ways and accept the gift of eternal life that cost Him so much to provide for us. His death on the Cross paid the price for the redemption of us all.

The Lord has warned us of what is coming by the end time prophecies He has given us. He Has told us that a time of Judgment will come just as it did at the time of the flood. He also said few will regard the warnings just as those at the time of Noah ignored his warnings. Why is that? Jesus said “ Because strait is the gate and narrow the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.” As has been mentioned, outside of Noah and His family, none of those living at the time of the flood came to the Lord in repentance and faith. Down through the ages the Lord’s people have been a minority (few there be), but the Lord continues to graciously hold out His hand offering mercy and grace to whosoever will come.

“The time of the Gentiles” is coming to a close

If we were to be honest regarding the times we are living in now; we can certainly agree that most of those living today are going about their daily lives with little regard for the Lord or the prophetic warnings He has given regarding the soon to come judgment on all those that have rejected His love and offer of eternal life. We look back in wonder at the fact that those living in the time of Noah didn’t heed his warning though he preached and warned them for 100 years. But, we are also without excuse, for we have had many specific prophecies warning us about the end of days for 2000 years; some coming directly from the Lord Himself while He was with us. All the prophecies the Lord has given to us in the Bible have been fulfilled with 100% accuracy; except the end time prophecies. They wait to be fulfilled in the near future; and fulfilled they will be. That time will soon come upon the world and we need to prepare.

We prepare by making sure we are in right relationship with the Lord. As has been mentioned, Those that are the Lord’s will be taken out and will not go through the tribulation. If you do not know the Lord today, wont you come to Him in repentance and faith. He died on the Cross for you. He waits with open arms to receive whosoever will come to him in this time of grace.

“And the Spirit and the Bride say, come. And let him who hears, come. And let him is athirst (spiritual thirst) come, and whosoever will, let him take the Water of Life freely Revelation 22:17).

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I Know Whom I Have Believed

Originally Published May 2020

“…For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that.” (2 timothy1:12)

The Lord calls out to all those on the earth today and offers us a secure future with Him in eternity. We have only this life to make things right with Him. He speaks to us through creation, through our conscience, and most of all through His Word, the Bible. Because we have a fallen nature and are in need of a savior, our pride becomes a major obstacle for us in receiving from the Lord. It’s hard for us to come to the realization that we cannot do it ourselves, that we are helpless and unable to bring about our own salvation.

Some feel that we can earn our way to Heaven. If the good in our lives outweighs the bad, then we will make it. This approach to salvation has sent many that have adhered to it to Hell. When you think about it, it really doesn’t make much sense. If we could do it ourselves, then why did Jesus have to come and die on a cruel cross? The pride of man certainly plays into this false hope for salvation.

Many relegate the things of the Lord to a secondary place in their lives. Our lives in this world are important and do deserve our full attention, but in light of eternity, they pale by comparison. What we believe regarding our eternal future is the most important thing in our lives. Ignoring, or not giving it the attention we should will not change the outcome. We need to make things right with the Lord. We have but one lifetime to accomplish this. The Lord has provided the only way to make things right with Him and it is not burdensome.

Some believe that attending church and doing good works will take care of the future. They feel good doing these things and think the Lord will look kindly on them for their efforts. Of course, it’s always good to help others and the Lord certainly wants us to attend church, however, doing these things will not get you into Heaven.

There are two questions that pretty much identify what a person is believing regarding their final destination. They are as follows:

  1. If you were to die today, do you believe you would go to Heaven?
  2. If you were to stand before God, the Father, and He were to ask you why He should let you into Heaven; How would you answer?

Believing you are on your way to Heaven is good, of course, but the answer to the second question, the reason that God should let you in, will determine where you spend eternity, Heaven or Hell! There is only one correct answer to that question and it can be found in the following verse:

“That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” (Roman’s 10:9)

So, it’s not about your good outweighing the bad in your life, or the good you do for others, it’s about placing our faith in the One that loved us and died for us. Jesus paid the price for our admittance into Heaven. Believing that His death on the cross paid the price for our sins and opened up Heaven for all those that believe it, is the only way to an eternity with the Lord. It’s by faith from first to last.

“For therein (by way of the cross) is the righteousness of God (right with God) revealed from faith to faith (God gives- man receives): as it is written, the just shall live by faith (in His sacrifice on the cross).”

Yes, I know whom I have believed and I am confident that by placing my faith in Jesus and His great work on the cross, He will keep me against that day. On that day, I will gain Heaven by the righteousness that comes by faith and will be with the Lord forever.

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Has Anyone Noticed The Lateness Of The Hour?

Keep Me Safe In The Hollow Of Your Hand

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” Hebrews 11:7

The Lord’s return may very well be right at the door. Of course, no one knows the day or hour, but we do know that prophetically there is nothing that needs to be fulfilled prior to His coming for His own.

The above verse tells us a few things about Noah. Warned of the coming destruction by the Lord, Noah believed Him and, acting in fear (reverence), built an ark at the Lord’s instruction which saved him and his family. By this one act, Noah condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness (right with God) that comes by faith (faith in the coming Redeemer). Genesis says “Noah walked with God”. What an affirmation of a godly life! That the Lord would say that of us is all we could ask or hope for in this life.

What was the condition of the hearts of men at the time? Genesis 6:5,7 says “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth.” As an aside, if God had not done this, because of the increasing evil, man would have destroyed himself over time. But here’s the good news: “But Noah found grace in the sight of the Lord.” This is grace freely given by the Lord looking forward to what Christ would accomplish at the Cross.

It’s incredible if you think about Noah and the building of the ark. He is called a “Preacher of Righteousness.” It took 100 years to build this enormous vessel and the whole time Noah preached to all those that would listen of the coming flood and destruction of all life on earth. Some Bible scholars believe that in the 1600 years from the time of Adam to the flood there may have been some 300 million people on the earth at this time. Of course, no one knows, but with their long life spans it certainly is a possibility. There would have been those that completely ignored the message and went about their lives, laborers helping to build the ark, and those coming to see what they perceived as his foolish venture, probably with some even mocking him. In the end, not one person believed him outside of his family and all were destroyed. No, Not one person believed! Incredible!

Some have questioned the very existence of Noah saying it is an allegory. Admittedly, It is quite an incredible event and if Noah had not believed the Lord, all life on earth would have been destroyed. Jesus left no room for doubt when He, in confirming the existence of Noah and the flood, said this in Matthew 24:37,38 “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.” The inference here is that they went about their daily lives with no regard for the Lord or what was about to take place.

Does this sound familiar? The world continues on without a care for the Lord or for the end time prophecies whose fulfillment may be right at the door. The final judgment will come. We also know that those that believe in the Lord are never in the majority at any time in history. Though we are in the minority, like Noah, we rest in the knowledge that the Lord has spoken and we have heard His Word to us and are safe in His love. We are told in God’s Word that the world will not get better over time, but will continue its downward spiral.

We know that righteousness comes by faith. Faith in the shed blood of Christ. Noah looked forward to the Lord’s great work on the cross. Jesus is our ark so to speak …… our place of safety. We can rest in the knowledge that the Lord protects His own. Noah and the ark are a picture of those of us that are alive when the Lord comes for His church. All believers, at that time, will be taken out, or raptured (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17), prior to the destruction that is prophesied before the Lord’s coming at the end of the age.

So like Noah, God has warned us of the coming destruction. We in fear (taking God at His word), build an ark of safety (place our faith in Jesus and His work at Calvary), which saves us from the judgment of God about to be poured out on the world. It’s interesting to note that when it was time for Noah to enter the ark, the Lord told him to come into the ark. By this we see that the Lord was in the ark first (come, instead of go into the ark), calling Noah to join Him in the ark of safety.

So we see that as we walk with God as he has called us to the safety of His grace, we are in His presence and protected from the destruction that will come upon the world.

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.(Deuteronomy 33:27). Just as the ark was in the care of the everlasting arms as it was lifted by the floodwaters, we are protected by these same everlasting arms and they will lift us to safety when He returns for His own, or when we are at the end of our lives. Praise His Name for the Lord is good and His mercy and grace will bring us safely through the storm in His presence.

Till The the Storm Passes By

‘Till the Storm passes by. When the long nighTt has ended and the and the storms come no mTil the ore. Let me stand in Thy presence on the bright peaceful shore. In that land where the tempest never comes. Lord, may I dwell with Thee when the storm passes by. Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more. Till the clouds roll forever from the sky. Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand. Keep me safe until the storm pas

Til the storm passes over, ’til the thunder sounds no more. ’til the clouds roll forever from the sky. Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of thy hand. Keep me safe ’til the storm passes by.

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He Knew Me Then….. He Knows Me Now.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

The Lord knows us and loves us. He draws us to Himself with unfailing love. We have a choice in this life to come to Him and abide in His love or to go our way and reap the consequences. If the truth be known, without the Lord, we are in dire straits. We have a fallen nature and are unable to save ourselves.

The Lord saw our great need, and, in His love for us, paid the price on the cross to make us free. He not only paid the price but draws us through His Word to walk through this life with Him in the power of the Holy Spirit. He wants us to seek His ways each day and to be with Him forever in eternity.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

We receive His love for us as a free gift. He died on the cross to pay the sin debt so that we might be free. He calls out to all those on the earth that they may come to Him and not be lost. His love for us will draw us to Him as we walk with Him all the days of our life.

“Behold, I (Jesus) stand at the door (the door of our heart) and knock: if any man (whosoever) hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20)

The story of God’s love for us is an incredible one with “exceeding great and precious promises”. Not only has His love paid the price for our sins, but He has said in His Word that we are to be “partakers of the divine nature.” We come to Him in repentance and faith and the Lord changes us by the power of the Holy Spirit and makes us partakers of His nature. And when our life here is done; He offers us a home with Him in eternity. An incredible love. An incredible God.

“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature.” (2 Peter 1:4)

We have a choice in this life. We can follow Him and be blessed, or we can reject his love and go our own way. The world calls out to us to go its way. The Lord calls us to Himself through His Word, the Bible. We have only this life to acknowledge His great love for us and surrender to Him. Yes, He knew us then (before we knew Him). Will He know us now as His child – blood-bought, forgiven and on our way to be with him in glory? His Word says our earthly walk with Him is “joy unspeakable and full of glory.” Eternity calls. Are you ready? Does He know You now as His own?

“And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come (the Lord calling out to all those that are lost in this dying world) And let him who hears say, come. And let him who is athirst come (the lost soul crying out to the Lord). And whosoever will, let him take the Water of Life freely (all are welcome).” Revelation 22:17)

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He Is Risen!

The empty tomb

He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. (Matthew 28:6)

These three words, “He is risen”, should have an incredible impact on all those in the world that read them. The tomb is empty! He is risen! What other person in the history of the world can that be said of? There were many witnesses to the fact that the Lord rose from the dead including the Apostles, over 500 brethren, James (the Lord’s brother) and Paul (1 Corinthians 15:3-9). The world should see the Resurrection for what it is, and that is; proof that Jesus Christ is God.

The other three words that offer proof to the Lord’s claims are “As He said.” He said He would rise from the dead, and He did. Again, what other person that has lived has said that they would rise from the dead and has actually done it? All that He said while He was here should be studied by everyone. His words should take on great significance considering His resurrection. He said He came to die for the sin of the world. If He said that He would rise on the third day, and He did: should we not believe Him when He said he came to die for our sins? The world stands without excuse if they choose not to believe.

“And when I see the blood, I will pass over you” (Exodus 12:13).

The Resurrection was the result of the great victory gained by the Lord in the shedding of His Precious Blood at the cross. The Resurrection was dependent on the cross. If there had been one unpaid sin remaining then the Resurrection could not have taken place. The penalty for sin fell on the Lord and not us. We have victory because of His great sacrifice. The Bible says this of those that die in the Lord: “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” If we are born again; we will go to be with the Lord immediately upon death. At the cross, the sin debt was paid for all those that believe. Because of the cross, and only because of the cross; we have victory.

So, let us remember the great price paid by the Lord. He paid the price so that our sins could be forgiven. As John, the Baptist proclaimed “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” As we have states; the Resurrection comes as proof that all sin was atoned for.

“I am the Resurrection and the Life.” (John 11:25)

What an incredible victory! The Lord is now seated at the right hand of the Father. He intercedes for us. Someday, we will go to be with Him, and will forever be with the Lord in glory. All this made possible by the cross. We can say “nothing I bring, to your cross I cling”. This we do knowing that the Resurrection is the proof that what He accomplished on the cross paid the price for our sins and that it is the guarantee that we too will rise one day – rise to be with the Lord in glory forever. Praise Him today: “For He is risen.”

“I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.” (John 16:28)

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Purgatory, A False Hope

“Behold The Lamb Of God, Which Takes Away The Sin Of The World” (John 1:29)

Purgatory (Latin, “purgare”, to make clean, to purify) in accordance with Catholic teaching is a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God’s grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions. (The Catholic Encyclopedia)

My article this week will be somewhat different from previous articles in that I will be dealing with a false doctrine that has been taught by the church for many years. It gives people false hope regarding a place where, through personal suffering or punishment, they can be made ready for Heaven. I personally, come from a Roman Catholic background having been raised in it, and having served as an altar boy in my youth. The problem with this doctrine is that it did not come from the Bible. There is no mention of it there and, in fact, it is in direct opposition to all the Bible teaches.

The Lord gave us His Word (the Bible) so that we would know the right path to walk. The Bible is all about the redemption of man and points the way for man to restore his relationship with God after man’s fall in the Garden. The Bible clearly tells us that we cannot save ourselves and that we need a savior. That savior was Jesus Christ who came and paid the price for our sins on the cross. Our part is to repent of our sins and place our faith in His sacrificial work on the cross. We are saved by what He did, not by anything we do. We can never become acceptable to the Lord through “penance” now, or “temporal punishment” in some holding place after we die. This doctrine teaches that the Lord’s sacrifice on the cross was not enough to pay the sin debt. Jesus made it clear just before He died on the cross when He said “It is finished.” He paid the sin debt in full for all those that would repent of their sin and place their faith in His atoning work on the cross.

We are to live good lives before the Lord, but our good lives will not make us acceptable to the Lord. The Bible says “There is none righteous, no, not one.” Over and over, the Bible points to our need for a savior – one who saves us from our lost and hopeless condition. As has been started, we come by faith in our savior’s sacrificial work on the cross and we are forgiven and pardoned of our sins. We walk out this life by faith in Christ and Him crucified which allows the Holy Spirit to help us.

“For therein [through the cross] is the righteousness of God [right with God] revealed from faith to faith [faith from God to man]: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).

To say that we must be “made pure” or “clean” by some sort of temporal punishment is an affront to the cross and the Lord’s wonderful redemption plan. The Lord of Glory became Man and suffered and died on a cruel cross that we might be forgiven, be adopted into the family of God, have fellowship with Him, and look forward to spending eternity with the Lord.

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for If righteousness comes by the Law [anything religious we could do] then Christ died in vain (no reason for Him to Come)” (Galatians 2:21).

This was not an easy article to write. Coming from a Roman Catholic background, At one time I placed a heavy weight on what the church taught. However, our salvation and where we spend eternity is most important and if our understanding of what the Lord says about them is wrong, we will live on false hope for the future and end up in a place we would not want to go. Everything must line up with the Bible. In the following verses, two of the Apostles attest to what I have written here:

The Apostle Paul wrote:

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus [Christ and Him crucified for our sin], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved [ready for Heaven]” (Romans 10:9).

“We are confident, I say, and willing to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord [immediately upon death]” ( 2 Corinthians 5:8).

The Apostle John wrote:

“These things have I written unto you who believe on the Name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the Name of the Son of God [we walk out this life by faith in Christ]” (1 John 5:13).

There is no mention in these verses of a place, or condition, that some who are “not entirely free from venial faults” must go through upon their death and before they are received into Heaven. You would think that if such a place existed, they might mention it to warn believers. They didn’t mention it because there is no such place. It is mentioned nowhere in the Bible. Whether it was well-intentioned or not; this church doctrine is false.

Jesus made it very clear regarding this issue. One of the thieves being crucified alongside Jesus, who admitted to being guilty of the crime he was accused of, and moments earlier had joined with those mocking the Lord, now comes by way of repentance and faith in Who the Lord is. A most amazing conversion and display of the power of the Blood of Jesus to forgive all sin.

“And he (the thief) said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto you, today shall you be with me in Paradise.

My advice today is the advice given to me years ago; Look into these things yourself. Do not accept anything without proving it out in the Word of God. Read the Bible for in it are the very words of life. We get caught up in our very busy lives, but our eternal wellbeing is at stake here and we must assure ourselves that what we believe for the future is accurate. We cannot trust it to others. May the Lord richly bless you as you seek Him and He leads you in His Way.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

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