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Forever

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Forever

51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. John 6:51

Our world is facing some monumental issues. Problems, so complicated their solutions are difficult to find. I ask you in a million years what will they matter? If humanity survives for a million years will the most egregious of offenses be recognized?

What will matter a million years from now? Jesus says “forever,” “he shall live for ever.” For humanity, this concept of forever is not easily understood. We are conditioned by our reality to find an end to everything. You die. It is an inescapable reality. We will all die, this is the reference point with which we live. It is the understanding that we can relate to. All our lives are lived with this end in mind. We will cease to exist and hence all of our concepts are intertwined with an ending. We expect there will be an ending to every situation regardless of the outcome.

Along comes Jesus and says, “he shall live for ever,” and changes the paradigm of our existence. He throws a monkey wrench into our concept of life. He turns a finite existence into an eternal one. By doing so, He changes our concept of life. The possibilities of eternity change everything about the way we live. It opens a door into a reality we are not prepared for. We are prepared to die, we are prepared to cease to exist. We are prepared to be lost in the faceless eons of time. Along comes Jesus and gives us a concept which turns the world on its head. We can and will live forever.

All of a sudden what you do matters. If we live a life with an end, no one we lived with will be alive in a million years. No one will remember much less care of your existence. If you live a life of eternity everyone, you know will know you in a million years. The possibilities of eternity are mind-boggling. This concept of forever is one which needs to become our reality. It needs to become our expected outcome, more so than certain death. If we Christians believe in eternity, we should be behaving as if it were a reality, not a possibility. This “forever” existence that Jesus is talking about should change the way we wake up, work, love and live. If you believe “forever” you should be living the life of forever now because you are living the life of forever now. If you’re living the life of “forever” your life matters it has value it is important. It is not the meaningless pointless worthless life of the evolutionist. It is a life filled with hope, aspirations, expectation, glory and love. It is purposeful and joyous. The adventure of eternal existence is before you take hold of it and live “forever.”

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Overlooked

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Overlooked

6 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:12

It has become common to preach and advocate the second part of this verse while ignoring or overlooking the first. We need to be honest with each other and the world. The first part of this verse has not been invalidated or eradicated. “For the wages of sin is death” This is still the promise for the unforgiven. It will be their reality at the return of Christ. Both parts of this verse will be realized in the future. We need to be aware that this is a reality for those who sin. Life with Christ will be a reality for those who receive God’s gift. They are both concrete future realities. Let us not gloss over or misrepresent the reality that the separation from God will be a hideous existence. Let us not perpetuate the ideology that death is the cessation of life. Death is the complete separation of the living from God. We are not going to cease to live. We are going to cease to live with God which is death. Or we can accept “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  As wonderful as the expectation of living with God is we must also be aware and conscious of the utter sorrowfulness of living totally without God will be.

Absolutes

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Absolutes 
 
11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”Acts 4:11-12
 
There are statements in the Bible that are unmistakable. These statements can not be reinterpreted or redefined. They can’t be manipulated to mean some thing other than what they mean. This is one of those verses. It clearly and unambiguously states Jesus is the only way to salvation. This is a Christian absolute. We claim to believe and are affirmed in the validity and absolute certainty of  Jesus Christ as the only savior of the world. This is non-negotiable. Jesus is the only one with the authority and power to save those unto eternal life. 

Slave to Sin – Righteous to Life

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Slave to Sin – Righteous to Life
 
16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Romans 6:16
 
You can’t live in limbo land. In a place free safe from consequences. There will be consequences for your actions. The consequences will either be beneficial to you or detrimental to you.  If you don’t know it, you are eternal because the spirit of God in you is eternal. You cannot cease to exist.  The consequences of your action are not limited to this side of your existence.  The results of your actions will have permanent repercussions on your life. Which will continue after the end of this consciousness.  Death is not the cessation of life it is the permanent separation from God.  The slave you choose to be will determine your destination for eternity. Either you will live with God or separated from God. Where nothing good or perfect can exist.

Resurrection

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He is Risen

He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:6

In the book, A case for Christ, the author sets out to prove that the resurrection did not happen. After an exhaustive investigation, the author comes to the conclusion that the resurrection did indeed happen.  He found that the reports in the New Testament were true.

The thing about the truth is, it is indisputable.  What that means is despite your disposition about an event or a report the truth is not affected.  For example, if the resurrection did not happen Christianity is pointless. It would mean that Christ died pretty much the same as any other man. It would dismantle the foundation of every Christian belief. Without the resurrection, Christianity would have fallen off the map as quickly as His death. And that truth would have destroyed Christianity. Your acceptance or rejection of truth does not affect it. In other words, it does not make any difference to the truth if you believe it or not. The truth stands on its own forever, there is nothing that can change or effect the truth.

That is the crux of the issue, is it true? Did the resurrection occur? If it did it, it is truth and just like any other truth, it can not be changed regardless of anyone’s support or rejection of it.

He is risen is a statement, the question is it is valid. In the book, the author does an excellent job of answering the questions about the validity of the reports of His resurrection.  As a Christian or a non-Christian, you need to answer this question for yourself.   If He was resurrected your eternity is assured if He wasn’t resurrected, you’re not bound by any of the claims of Christianity. I believe if you follow the evidence as did the author of the book you will come to the same conclusion. He Is Risen.

A Dreadful Thing

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A Dreadful Thing

31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:31

It seems to me that it has become politically incorrect within the Christian church to speak of or insinuate that God will severely judge humanity.  The idea appears to be that those who follow Christ will be rewarded and those that don’t will pass through a temporary time of judgment and then cease to exist or allowed to join those that were accepted by God. Or that upon death we will cease to exist.

The severity of God’s judgment will not be in punishment, it will be in eternal separation from Him.  The wrath of God will not be poured out in vengeance, it will be experienced in the complete solitude of the emptiness and absence of God. The torture and hideousness of the judgment of God will not be the fiery pit of Hell it will be in the absolute absence of His righteousness. The piercing pain we should be talking about is the experience of living the remainder of eternity, hopeless without any escape of the depravity of man. The judgment of God will be extremely severe it will be allowing humanity to have what he thinks he wants an eternal existence without God.

Eternal Life?

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Do You Belive.?

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Have you stopped and pondered this first? This verse is the reason I became a Christian. Eternal Life that is what we are promised have you ever thought about eternal life? I definitely would not like to live eternally under the rules of the world’s societies. I would not like to live, and eternal lie where the most I can hope for is more of the same. I don’t want to live forever having to fight the never-ending battles of this life. I don’t have it within me to struggle for that long I would prefer to die and cease the struggle. However, I look forward to the eternal life God has planned for me. A life lived in His perfect peace, His joy, and His provision. I want to live forever but only if I live with God.

After All Is Said and Done

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After All Is Said and Done

13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13 (ESV)

After everything’s said and done, when we come to the end of our lives, when we bring to accountant all we have done, the only aspect that will matter is our relationship with God. Will you come to the end of your life and find you neglected the most important thing. The goal, the purpose of your life, the reason you exist is to know God.

The Proof

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The Proof
30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. John 20:30-31
The word of God is not an embellished myth or a contrived conspiracy. It is the authenticated proof by eye witness testimonies of power and divinity of Jesus. Denying the veracity of the witnesses does not diminish the truth. “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” and through Him, we can have eternal life.

THE TRAVELER

THE TRAVELER

 

A lawyer asked Jesus, what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus replies by asking him, “What is written in the Law?” Quoting the law the lawyer answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27  Jesus responded,  “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” Not being content with Jesus’s answer he asks another question. Who is my neighbor?

Jesus tells him the parable of the good Samaritan.  The story is about a traveler who gets robbed, stripped, beaten, and left to die, on the side of the road. His countrymen finding him ignore him.  Along comes a Samaritan, he takes it upon himself to bring the injured man to an inn and pays the proprietor to care for his wounds.  He promised the proprietor to reimburse him for any extra expense. In this story, Jesus illustrated the one in need is his neighbor.

But wait! Is there more to this story than a Samaritan doing what any decent person would do? A man, traveling from Jerusalem headed to Jericho is ambushed, and left to die. Would it be unreasonable to assume the man is a Jew?  When we, you or I tell a story we make assumptions based on our surroundings. For instance, if we tell a story that occurs in the United States we assume the characters are American unless we are told otherwise. Jesus does exactly that in this story, he identifies the Jewish priest, Levi, and Samaritan. The road is in Jerusalem, the three people who come upon the beaten man, are Jews or of Jewish descent.  Jesus intentionally identifies the other characters in this story. If we look at it in context Jesus is talking to a Jew in Israel, and the story is specifically about Jews how can we assume the victim is not a Jew?

Why does it matter if the victim is a Jew? Jews would not have anything to do with Samaritans. In the story of the woman at the well, “The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)” John 4:9 Because of her race, the woman at the well is surprised, a Jew would ask anything of her. What she is saying is that the Jews did not consider the Samaritans worthy enough to fetch them water. The racism in this statement is palpable.

The act of compassion becomes more than doing the decent thing. It crosses over racial lines, and it becomes an immense act of love. The despised, hated, marginalized, minimized, disrespected, dehumanized Samaritan is now in a position to gloat over the Jew. However, he put aside all the racism he has experienced and lent aid to the victim. He not only helped the beaten man but He transported him to safety, and then pays the bill, and promises to pay for additional expenses.  He is living out Christ’s commandment, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” Matthew 5:44 (KJV)

Yes, we are to lend aid to our neighbor. Don’t stop doing what a straightforward interpretation of this story implies. Keep helping and working with those that need our help, but also attempt to show love to those who are in opposition to us. If the victim in this story is a Jew, the genuine act of love Christ is referring to goes well beyond doing the right thing.

The world is suffering and dying. Science and governments have failed us. We need a Samaritan and His name is Jesus. Share your testimony.