There is a curious paradox that is presented in the pages of the Bible that a great majority of people have not understood. Jesus described a physical birth that every person will experience; and a second spiritual birth that is necessary in order to obtain eternal life. Jesus said that because of our sin and sin nature, we are all already under the condemnation of God and dead in our sins. Once we understand who Jesus is and the reason that He came into the world, we have the opportunity to be born again a second time. At that moment, our spirit within that was formerly dead, comes alive. Continue reading “Born Once; Die Twice. Born Twice; Die Once”
As we examine human life, we discover that every culture, every country, all people, and nations, have laws which order and direct human activity. Laws are necessary because the basic nature of the human species is towards evil. We are inherently selfish and often seek to look out for our own interests first. Without laws, evil would run rampant over peaceful people who are doing their best to live good and productive lives.
What is the origin of human laws? Where did the framers of the Constitution of the United States find the laws that allow the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans?
The Egyptians, Assyrians, Greeks, and Romans, as well as, many other great an powerful nations of the ancient world, worshipped many different gods. Not one before, ever possessed the laws that were given to the nation that originated from Abraham. When God gave Moses His law on Mount Sinai, these basic ten commandments changed, forever, the course of all human activity. No other nation in the history of the world had the code of moral laws, like those which governed the people of Israel. Every great nation since that time, has fashioned their own laws, from these basic ten laws that Moses received from God. Continue reading “The Bible As The Basis For All Human Laws”
For just one sin–Jesus had to die. It was not the entire culmination of all human sin and suffering which compelled Jesus to leave heaven and die for us. It was the suffering of one person, one sin–which drove Jesus to become a sacrifice that would remove the judgement of God.
Isaiah 53:8d …For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
1 John 2:1-2 …Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation (payment) for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
The plan of God has always been to remove the sins of the whole world. Known to God before the foundation of the world was the fall of Adam, which would result in the need for a Savior. In His wisdom, God planned for this contingency by the provision of His Son to redeem all creation back to His glorious ideal and perfection.
God will make this redemption possible by acts that originate and culminate with Himself. The burden for salvation resting upon God and His actions to save us, while the appropriation of salvation is contingent upon the decision of each individual person to hear and respond by faith.
How much of what we do everyday is determined by our own actions, and how much is determined by the plan and purposes of God for our life?
Each day, we make a myriad of choices which determine the direction that our life will take on that particular day–and even into the future. If God is sovereign over all the affairs of men, how much influence does our own will play in accomplishing the will of God? The idea behind the Sovereignty of God is that He governs all the events of the earth by His power. Alongside this Sovereignty–God has permitted us the blessing and responsibility we have personally, for our own actions. We see this clearly illustrated in the Life of Jesus, who is described as God–yet allows Himself to be put to death at the hands of evil men. Continue reading “The Sovereignty of God and the Free Will of Men”
Luke 19:41-42 Now as Jesus drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.”
How does the Lord feel when countless numbers of human souls depart this earth without the covering of His sacrifice and find themselves in the torments of hell? How does the Lord feel after He has done everything that He could do to prevent the loss of a single eternal spirit, and they are lost because they were unwilling to be saved? Continue reading “The Suffering of God at Man’s Unwillingness to be Saved”
The great God of love who created this beautiful and perfectly balanced universe has determined a specific time in which He will offer the forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who will come and receive it. His offer, however, will not last forever. Even as a man has a maximum of 120 years to make his decision, the day will arrive when this time of grace will come to an end.
Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”
At the death of every human being, the decision or lack of decision that has been made, for or against Jesus, will be sealed the moment the heart stops beating and the spirit departs their body. If that person has exercised their choice and has received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, God will grant them eternal life in heaven. If any person should rejected Jesus or make no decision for Him at all—either by ignoring or putting off a decision, at death that person will have no second chance, no opportunity to repent and change their mind nor a possibility of reprieve, after death has occurred.
Hebrews 9:27 …each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment… (NLT) Continue reading “After Death, There is No Second Chance of Salvation”
Who is the mysterious Melchizedek? From the testimony of Paul in the New Testament, is there credible evidence to conclude that Melchizedek is the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ? In discovering the answers to these questions, we also discover the entire purpose of all the Old Testament sacrifices. In Jesus Christ, God has cancelled the former sacrifices of the levitical priesthood and made all those who come through Jesus One sacrifice–perfect forever–as if their sins never existed. Continue reading “Melchizedek and Jesus: One and the Same”
Atheist, Bob Seidensticker of “Patheos,” states: “The crucifixion story doesn’t strike me as that big a deal.” He then lists 10 reasons why he views this event is insignificant and lacking credibility.
The preeminent evidence that is absent from all of Bob’s observations regarding Jesus Crucifixion, are facts which would impeach this event. The death of Jesus Christ by Crucifixion is one of the most fully substantiated events in the history of the world. It is clear that Bob has no real knowledge of this event and is simply making comments that originate as opinions, rather than from credible research. Continue reading ““10 Reasons the Crucifixion Story Makes No Sense,” Answered”
What happens at the moment of our death? It is interesting that Jesus spoke more about Hell than He did about Heaven. Jesus has been to the place of the eternal dead–and returned to tell us of its horrors. The purpose of His death and resurrection was to ensure that no human being would ever see Hell–but have everlasting life in Heaven. Jesus describes Hell as a place of “torment,” with a fire that is “never quenched,” and a place where the “worm does not die.” Jesus told us that Hell is a real place of eternal existence in never-ending sorrow and regret. No human being will go to Hell by the will of God. He has done everything that He could do to prevent this–even giving up His Only Son to die for us, so that Heaven is already ours–if we will simply choose Jesus as our Savior. Continue reading “Jesus Describes Death and Hell as Real and Certain”