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”
Who could have imagined that the circumstances surrounding the serpents described by Numbers Chapter 21, would be a representation of what Jesus would accomplish for us at the Cross? Those bitten by these “fiery serpents” were able to prevent their death by simply lifting up their eyes to look at the serpent on the pole which Moses had made.
Numbers 21:9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.
 Jesus later described this event in the desert as a foreshadow of the time when He would also be “lifted up” on the cross–so that anyone who would look to Him for their salvation–would also be saved.
New Testament Fulfillment:
John 3:14-15 (Jesus Speaking) “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
John 12:32 “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” Continue reading “The Serpent on a Pole and Jesus Lifted Up”
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”
Many people mistakenly assume by the present inaction of God to judge their sins that God’s love will not allow Him to condemn them to hell.
God is the embodiment of love. He is the reason that love exists at all. He is also a God of justice and He cannot permit sin to go unpunished forever (see Prophecy 208). The Lord has appointed a time in which He will judge every thought, word, and deed of all people. Those who have placed themselves under the saving power of Jesus sacrifice will be found not guilty. Those who stubbornly refuse to submit their lives to Jesus and rest their sins squarely on His sacrifice, will bear the penalty for those sins themselves.
To bow the knee is an absolute requirement
Since the cross, where Jesus made atonement for the sins of the whole world, the forgiveness of sin and a full pardon from God for all past wrongs is available to anyone who willingly comes to God. In order to receive His forgiveness—first, the knee must bow to Jesus as Lord, then an acknowledgement is made that He is the only Savior. Bowing of the knee and the heart are two necessary fundamentals of true repentance. God will accept nothing less than the absolute surrender of the life that He is going to save. The bowing of the knee is seen as the visual evidence that the heart has been humbled and is repentant and ready to submit to Jesus’ authority. Without repentance and a submission to Jesus as Savior and Lord, there can be no forgiveness of sin or eternal life. Continue reading “How, Why, and When: The Judgement of God (Past and Future)”
There are many people, who over the course of their life, meet an individual who has claimed to be a Christian—who has exhibited behavior that is contrary to their particular belief, and caused other people to discount God altogether.
An enduring fact of life is that one of the leading causes of atheism is Christianity. Not that Jesus is the point of stumbling, but rather those who claim to follow him. Many people attribute the behavior of a person to the character of the God they claim to believe in. Forgetting that the Christian Gospel clearly declares that Jesus came into the world to save “sinners,” not the righteous. It is the very worst of the world that Jesus is most appealing to. The Christian life in following Jesus is frequently imperfect and lacking the basic qualities of love, patience, humility, and forgiveness. Those who are trying to follow Jesus will never be perfect in this life, although they should endeavor, constantly, to be more like Jesus in all their behavior.
It should also be understood that many people who take the name of “Christian,” are frauds. For reasons of personal financial gain or to achieve a position of authority or power, many individuals will label themselves a follower of Christ, without this fact being true.
There are two principles that are put forth concerning the state of human beings after death. One, a resurrection–into eternal life, and two, the end of all life–an eternal non existence. According to the Atheist philosophy, after death the body ceases to function and there is no life or spirit which continues to exist. The hope of the Christian Gospel, promises a resurrection of the physical body after death–in an eternal dwelling with God. The promise of resurrection has been described repeatedly throughout the 4,500 year old portions of the Hebrew scriptures, and confirmed by the writers of the New Testament–over 2,000 years ago. The promise of resurrection is closely linked to the prophetic portions of scripture which describe the Messiah as the one who has the power to raise the dead to life–eternally. Continue reading “The Hope of Resurrection and the Despair of Atheism”
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”
This is where understanding sometimes becomes difficult. Our God is a Holy God, He cannot sin nor have fellowship with anyone who has sinned. In order for human beings to be able to dwell with God or have fellowship with Him, their sins must first be dealt with. It is because the Lord has such great compassion towards us, that He will not allow us to be in the full light of His Glory until we have had our sins removed. If a mere mortal human being were to stand in the presence of God, they would instantly be consumed.
Exodus 33:20 But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.”
Deuteronomy 4:24 For the LORD your God is a consuming fire
Lamentations 3:22 “Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.”
Throughout the Old Testament, the Lord repeatedly emphasizes His Holiness in contrast to man’s sinfulness. These two are not compatible. Sin must be dealt with by judgment and punishment before man can have fellowship with God. Continue reading “He Made Him Who Knew No Sin, To Become Sin For Us”