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I often ponder one of the most important questions, that we as individuals will ever need to ask ourselves on this side of eternity. And that question is; "What is it precisely that gets me into the portals of heaven, and not into the doors of hell.?" I recall watching a play many years ago at a church in Kelowna British Columbia Canada. It was called Heavens Gates, Hells Bells, or something like that. The play was about how two different groups of teens spent their Saturday night, and the consequences of what they did that night. One group did what many of us have done in the past on the weekend. They partied hardy, got thoroughly liquored up and then left the party Foolishly the driver of the car was drunk and as can be expected the car was involved in a crash, killing the driver and a few of the other passengers. Before crashing, none of them had ever given much thought or consideration as to their eternal destiny, or of God.
Before or after this sequence, we see a different group of youths who belonged to a youth group in a church . This group of kids spent the night studying scripture, playing games etc at church. They to were involved in a car crash in which some of them were killed.
Within this same play we see the eternal destiny of these two different groups of youths. The church group were led to heavens gates. On the other hand, the partiers, who were drinking and whom had died in a car crash were received into the welcoming arms of Satans demons through the portals of hell, forever in pain, forever in thirst.
So, hat or whom determines the direction of ones eternal destination? Why should some fun loving, party hardy kids be destined for the dark pits of hell, while the other group of kids, who were not partying, be destined and welcomed into the arms of Gods angels in heaven? Is it fate, is it the luck of the draw, the roll of cosmic dice that determines our eternal home after we flat-line, drawing our last breath? What is the separating factor, or question that will put us in one place or the other for all eternity?
Many have pondered and asked these same questions over the centuries. Many have written books. Many have different ideas and theories. Can there be many different answers that are true? Is there an absolute truth to this most important question? Or does our may different beliefs really matter, do they differ as to what one book says is true as compared to another? Is ones truth equally right as another? Or is there only one true answer?
Part of the Holy Bible was written hundreds of years before any other faiths of man were ever thought of. Do these ancient writing explain and tell us who or what determines our eternal destiny, if indeed there is one? If I believe another answer, does that negate the scriptures of God? Is my different belief more true or just the plain truth, as compared to the Words of the Holy Bible? If I believe one thing, does it mean that what I believe is right and all other beliefs are wrong?
If Bob is nearly completely blind, and colour blind on top of that, and if he says that the sky is green, does that mean that the truth of the matter mean that the sky is indeed green, and not blue? If I say that 2+2=4, but Tom says that 2+2= 9, is Toms answer right, or as equally right as mine? Is my answer wrong? Can there be more than right answer to the same questions as these?
It would be absurd to believe that the answer to 2+2=4 is anything but 4. And yet many would have us to believe that just because they believe that God does not exist , He therefore does not exist, He therefore is not ! That is just as absurd as to believe that 2+2=5. And that anyone elses belief is also wrong.
God has proven Himself in Scripture quite thoroughly. Rom. 1:19-23. Ps. 14:1;3:1 says "The fool says in his heart, There is no God.." New International Version, ©2010 (NIV)
Therefore if scripture is true, and if the words written with are true, and if the Bible says that there is only one way to heaven and God, then it must be so. And if that is correct then what God says is true about who or what determines our eternal destiny, if there is one, then that also must be true. So what does the Bible say?
Eph. 2:8-9 and Titus 3:5 is a good starting place to search out this most important question. Please read them.
Hmmm, well I see through these verses that nothing I can do on my own will get me to heaven. Being good or good enough will not se me through the portals of heaven. Attending church will not get me there, giving all my money to charity will get me there, or any other thing which I can conceive in my mind will ever get me through those heavenly portals.
Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Then what is the standard to get me there? Rom. 3:23 tells me ; "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (King James Version). We all miss the standard, we all miss the mark that God alone has set as the way to Him. Oh My! Paul tells us in Rom. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (King James Version). Again going by the words of Eph. 2:8-9, there is nothing I can do on my own to get me into heavens gates. Oh Ohhhhhhhhhhh!
So How then can I ever get there? Is there any way? Am I eternally doomed to the darkness of hell eternally?
If we were to take time to study further into scripture, we will find that like it is here on earth, God also has laws by which He wants us to live. So, perhaps if I were to simply obey Gods laws, I would be ushered into heaven. Rom. 3:19-20 says: Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in Gods sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin." (New International Version, ©2010)
So therefore, it is by the knowledge of the Law that I can know what sin is. His laws tell me what sin is and that if I do not obey them, I am a sinner, still outside of heavens portals, knocking unable to get in. 1 John 3:4 clearly confirms what sin is. Again Rom. 7:7 tells me that I can know what sin is because of Gods Laws.
We are given in the Old Testament 10 Basic commandments (Laws), revealing exactly what is right and what is wrong by way of these 10 Commandments in Exodus 20:1-7 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21.
And if we read elsewhere, we learn that we can be free if mwe follow and obey Gods Laws. Free that is, because if we obey them, then we find that Gods Laws protect us from harm in many ways. But if we disobey them, then we find that our obstinate behavior will lead us to harm, perhaps to sickness or maybe even death.
For example we are told not to commit adultery. That is that we are to have sex only within the confines of marriage between one man and one woman only. To do otherwise is to face the possibility of getting sexual diseases and perhaps even death. So if we stay within the parameters of Gods Laws, we are free to live a life free of harm. Gods Laws therefore keep us safe and free to enjoy life without harmful consequences. Traffic laws do the same for us.
As I read through all 10 commandments, I must admit that I have broken nearly all, if not all of them at least once in my life and therefore according to these laws, I am a sinner, not worthy of entering into the eternal joy of heaven.
We can try to hide our sins, but God who knows all and sees all is not fooled. Numbers 32:23; Heb. 4:13. All of our sins to God are as a stench in His nostrils. Isaiah 64:6
Perhaps you think that I am okay, I am pretty good because I have maybe only broken one law ever. Therefore I am good enough to get into heaven. NOT !!!!!!!!!! James 2:10 tells us otherwise: For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." (King James Version)
Oh Myyyyyyyyyy !!!!!!!!! It seems like I will never get to heaven because I cannot abide and obey His laws on my own.
Be good, religious etc. doesnt cut it neither. Matt. 7:21-23 It does not get us into heaven.
How surprised many will be on judgment day when Jesus judges them and condemns them to enter the gates of hell. We have learned that being good, nor our good deeds will get us into heaven. Nothing we can do on our own merit will get us there no matter how good we think we are. Is. 64:6 tells us that all our righteous deeds are as filthy rags to God. They just dont cut the mustar.
A pair of street evangelists in the U.S. have a unique way pointing out that we are all sinners, and that not one of us, including myself is worthy according to Gods standards, of entering into Gods rest, into the eternal gates of heaven. They approach folks in big city U.S.A. on the street, and engage them in to conversations regarding this question as to where does one go on the other side of eternity. How do I get there, am I good enough, does my good works out weigh my bad deeds? Am I good enough to get into heaven by being good/
They eventually bring their questioners to the 10 commandments. And then they will have them state categorically whether they are a thief, a liar, adulterer etc. by stating the 10 commandments alone. By these standards each individual if being honest, will yes I have lied, stolen committed adultery etc. And by Gods written word, we also have to admit that if we have committed any of these sins even once, we are guilty as charged and are therefore not worthy of entering into heaven. Each one of us has at one time or another committed each and every one of these sins. I myself would have to admit, that according to Gods standards, that I too have at one time or another committed each and everyone of these sins at least once in my life. Therefore I to am a liar, a thief, adulterer etc. Sorry guys, I too am a sinner, not worthy of entering into Gods glory. Thats a fact. For all have sinned . Rom.3:23 KJV
So am I doomed for all of eternity into the pits of hell? Is there a way out? Is there a loophole I can use, a lawyers trick I can use to wham-doozle the Lord with?
Please allow me to suggest that God has made a way of escape Himself.
It is purported that W.C. Fields, just before he died, was found by a friend to be flipping through the Bible. This friend asked him what he was doing. W.C. Fields answered "I am looking for loopholes." He knew full well Gods standards, because God has placed His laws within all of our hearts. We all know truthfully that we are all sinners worthy of being sent to hell. Yet, so many think that they can find a way out, a way to by-pass Gods judgment and making it safely to heaven, just like the runner who rounds 2nd basement on the way to home base as he slides in on his belly, stretching out his fingers and touches home plate just in time from being tagged out.
Sorry Pal, it ain't gonna work.There is one way and only one way to heaven. No loopholes. Well what then? Is. 45:22 begins to put the final piece in the puzzle.
God tells us there is only one name by which we may be saved. Acts 4:12 "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (King James Version) And what is that name ? 1 Tim. 2:5 tells us. "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (King James Version). Those who reject Jesus Christ as the only way will not be known by the Father God, but they that accept and acknowledge Him, the same will see the Fathers face. 1 John 2:23
The life is found in no other but the Son. 1 John 5:11-12
Them that believe are not condemned to hell, but them that do not believe are already condemned. John 3:18
We are told explicitly that , if we do not believe we shall die in our sins. John 5:24:b
There is only one way to the Father and that through Jesus John 14:16
What makes Jesus, and Jesus alone the only way to the Father into heavens glorious gates? It all boils down to something that sounds detestable to our 20th century minds. It is by way of a blood sacrifice that Jesus and Jesus alone is the only way.
God used in Old Testament times the blood of animals to atone, to cover, to pay the penalty for the sins of the people of the day. An animalsmshed blood was the replacement for the payment of sins. God has determined that by the shedding blood and by blood alone sins can be forgiven. Lev. 17:11
Remember the Exodus, when God told the people to paint their door posts with the blood of an animal to cover for the sins of the people. Because He was going to pass over Egypt that night and pass judgment on the Egyptian people, especialy on Pharoh, for not obey His command to let His people go and go to worship out in the wilderness. This was a foreshadow of what Jesus would do by the shedding of His blood on the cross in the New Testament, to atone for the sins of the people of all time. This is the reason that Jewish people celebrate The Day of Atonment ( Yom Kippur) once a year. This celebration looks back to the exodus when God freed His people from Egyptian bondage. It looks back to God showing that freedom from sins is only gained mby the shedding of blood. It is sad that many Jews today do not see the connection between the exodus and what Jesus has done.
John upon seeing Jesus approach the Sea of Galilee, knew whom Jesus was when he said ; "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29 (New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.)
Jesus is the perfect blood sacrifice for the atonement of sins.
This is confirmed by Peter 1 Pet. 1:18,19; "knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." (New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.)
The writer of Hebrews attests to this, that it is by the shedding of blood, that without out, there is no remission, no atonement, no payment of sins.
Peter again points to Jesus as the Lamb of God paying the penalty of sins with His shed blood. 1 Pet. 2:24-25
God demanded a perfect sacrifice. If Jesus were but a sinful man, like us, His blood would not have been good enough to pay the penalty of our sins, and therefore if that had been the case, He too would have been sent permanently to the grave with no possibility of having His sins forgiven, and we to would none to have paid for our sins, thus we to would be forever condemned to hell.
Yes, He to was tempted to sin, as we all are, Yet, He did not sin. Heb. 4:15; 1 Pet. 2:22,23
Jesus was the perfect, sinless Lamb of God. He never sinned, not once. This is how He could be the perfect, blameless Lamb of God. He alone is the perfect atonement, paying the price for our sins.
Several Old Testament passages written hundreds of years before Jesus was born in a manger, pointed ahead to this testimony. Read for yourselves Ps. 22; Jer. 31;31-34; Daniel 9:24-27; Prov. 30:4 and many more.
Knowing this truth, and believing it fully in your heart and mind Jesus said would set you free.
There is only one truthand He is the Truth. That is Truth. John 14:6. There is no other way by which we can be received into the Fathers loving arms after we draw our last breath.
Jesus, and Jesus alone is the only pathway to heaven. Any other attempted way is fruitless. Matt. 7:13-14 There is only one truth, and only one truth. There is no ther, no matter what any other may say, or believe.
There are a lot of wrong answers and beliefs, but only one true path, only one true Messiah, only one true Jesus, only one way of salvation, only one true way to the Fathersom in heaven. Jesus and Jesus alone is the one and only true way. He paid and paved the way for you and me.
If we wish to get there, we must walk in His light. 1 John 1:7
Only His blood and His blood alone can cleanse us from all of our sins.
Stop now and consider all of this. Stop and reason says God, and see if you will not also believe and allow Him to cleanse you from all of your sins. Is. 1:18
Charles Spurgeon said; "The heart of Christ became like a reservoir in the midst of the moutains. All tributary streams of iniquity and every drop of the sins of his people, ran down and gathered into one vast lake, deep as hell and shoreless as eternity. All these met, as it were, in Christ dear heart and He endured them all."
Again Charles Spurgeon said; "The marvel of heaven and earth, of time and eternity, is the atoning death of Jesus Christ. This is the mystery that brings more glory to God than all creation.
That my friends deserves a BIG KING SIZED AMEN.
Again there is nothing, nothing at all that we can do, to be good enough to make our own way to heaven.
Read the account of the crucifiction and see if this not fit and fill in the last piece of the puzzle. Luke 23:33-49
Each one of us is like one of the thieves on either side of Him o the cross. Which one are you? One threw insults and was condemneed that day. The other asked to be remebered that day. He entered into paradise that day.
Repentance and placing our faith and trust in the works of Jesus Christ on the cross is the only way to get to heaven. These are not my words. These are the words of scripture.
We each have a choice to make before we draw our last breath. No one can make that choice for you. However, whatever you choose to do with Jesus will determine where you will spend eternity.
Once you choose to believe and accept His shed blood as the only way to have your sins forgiven, then your sins are forever blotted out as if they never were. Your sins debt then is once and forever paid for, in full by the precious blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
This is a free choice, a free gift with no strings attached. It's yours to accept or reject.
By believing and accepting this wonderful free gift, we have the promise, that as He was raised from the grave to glory, we to have the promise of resurrection to life eternal because of what He has done for us. 1 Cor. 15:1-19
Blaise Pascal, the great mathematician and philosopher suggested that if we live as if as if there is am God, it ia s better wager than living as if there is no God. Here is the full written statement.
If you live as if God doesn't exist and you are right, you just die and go to the grave. But if you live as if God doesn't exist and you are wrong, you go into eternity in hell and misery. Conversely, if you live as if God does exist and you are wrong, then you would die and go to the grave. But if you live as if God does exist and you are right, you have just hit the jackpot for an eternity in heaven.
That's a wager worth pondering on. It's a gamble perhaps wrth betting on. Think about it!
So, gamble if you wish and behave as if God does not exist, and live a hellion life and see if you a winner or not. It will take only your very last breath to know forsure if you are wrong or right. Take a chance if like on this most important lottery.
It is said that 100 % of people die. Thus far to this date it has never been proven false. We all die. What is your choice? Will you take a chance by rolling the dice, by playing Russian Roulette?
We never know for sure when we will die and draw our last breath. It could happen right now, 10 seconds from now, tonight, tomorrow, next week, next year. Will you wait and gamble mthat perhaps God does not exist and live as if He does not? Will you not at least taste and see?
One of my brothers once said that he will wait and check it later. Well, he died a few years later in a car crash. Whether he accepted Jesus's free gift or not I will not know until Christ takes us home. But my guess is he gambled and lost. Will you?
So gamble if you wish. What is your decision? Hells gate are wide open awaiting for you to come on down. But the only other alternative is heavens gates and the waitng arms of Jesus in heaven.
Your last breath awaits your answer! What will you do with that most important question? What will you do with Jesus.
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P.S. John 3:16 is a short version containing the Gospel message. Look at it, study it out Word for Word and see.
Now the time is running out. You have just used up several more minutes of you life. Your last breath is amfew more minutes closer than it was a little while ago.
The time is running down towards eternity.
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Are You Prepared?
WHAT A DAY, THAT WILL BE
WHEN MY JESUS, I SHALL SEE
O' WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY THAT WILL BE
[Words & Music: Jim Hill, Ben Speer Music ICG]
These words from the Hymn have played many a time in my mind as of of late. I sing these words over and over, never tiring of them, because I long indeed for the day, when my Jesus I shall see.
The world is a stage Elvis Presley once said in a song many years ago. The chess board is set, the pieces are moving, it is only time before the things of this world will fall, as does the king and queen on the board. All the things in the political, and economic world are pointing to a collapse of this worlds system. Most of the world is aligning itself against Israel as prophesied in scripture. When this happens, a one world government along with a one world religion and a one world currency will be put in place by the Anti-Christ empowered by Satan himself. All this also is prophesied in scripture. Whether you believe it or not, it is not hard to see this is true. It is coming and it would appear that the Lord will come to call His own home to Him soon. Whether, 2 to 5 to ten years we know not for sure. But, the writing is on the wall.
All this inspires me more than ever to be forever prepared for His coming. like the story of the ten virgins in scripture.
1Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
(King James Version)
Some were prepared for the Lord's coming, and some were not.
This gives me and inspires me more than ever to live a more justly and godly life, so that when He comes, I will be prepared and welcomed and not ashamed.
So so as I often do allow me to encourage you again with these words:
Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Mat 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
(Both King James Version)
The day is coming, are you prepared?