Good People Don’t Go To Heaven

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The Biblical principle of Righteousness defines all human beings as incapable of obtaining it. According to the Lord, if a person will be seen as Righteous, his righteousness must come from the Lord.

Psalms 14:3 They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

When a person places all of his trust in Jesus Christ, he exchanges his unrighteousness for all of Jesus’ Righteousness.

In Isaiah chapter 64, the prophet contrasts the righteousness of God with the righteousness of man.

Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You...

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags…

We should understand that from God’s perspective, all human beings are incapable of consistently doing right. It is not that we don’t want to do right, we are simply incapable of performing our righteousness consistently. No matter how hard we try to be good, sooner or later, we are going to fail. The problem is that while we live in these fallen bodies—being descendants of Adam—we do not have the capacity for any long term righteousness. Continue reading “Good People Don’t Go To Heaven”

Why Salvation is a Free Gift

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At the heart of the salvation issue is the Holiness of God and His Glory. Because God is so magnificent, and all things have come from Him—all glory, honor, and praise belong to Him alone.

Isaiah 48:11 … I will not give My glory to another.

Psalms 24:1 The earth is the LORD’S, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.

If we consider that the entire universe was created by God, everything that we can see, and even the invisible world of the atom, all things are made by God. It is reasonable that He would not allow any of His creation to receive praise for His magnificent works. If we give a gift to God, those things that we present to Him were already His to begin with. He is certainly pleased with our gifts when we acknowledge that He is the originator of all our gifts. If we make something and dedicate it to the Lord, the elements that we used to construct the article of our worship were already created by God.

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Jesus Carried All Your Sins So You No Longer Have To

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Those who break the law of God are considered guilty by God and are spoken of as bearing their sins.

Leviticus 22:9 They shall therefore keep My ordinance, lest they bear sin for it and die thereby…

Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many

To bear sin is to carry them.

The primary purpose of the Messiah was to carry the sins of all people to the cross and put them to death. Jesus not only paid the price that you and I owed to God for our sins, He accomplished this for everyone who has ever lived. When Jesus died, He also carried the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2).

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Only Perfect People Can Go To Heaven

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What God requires for heaven comes as a surprise to most people. According to the Bible, no person who has ever sinned can enter heaven. Only those who are perfect and without sin many dwell in the presence of God. How God accomplished this impossible task is perhaps the greatest work of grace ever displayed in the creation of the universe.

The process of justification is a singular act of God whereby He removes the sins of a person and causes them to exist as if they had never sinned before. Justification and the resulting effects of this legal procedure declares a person “not guilty.” In the very essence of the word, “Justification” carries the Idea of perfection. If we dismantle the word, we see that it states within itself what it does: “Just-as-if-I-had-never-sinned.” The complete process of Justification transforms a guilty sinner into a morally perfect being, resulting in a standing before God that causes them to exist as if they had never sinned at any time throughout their life.

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Jesus Died for 100 Trillion Sins

Jesus knew ahead of time, all things that were going to transpire regarding His death and resurrection. He had determined every event before He created the first man on the earth. The plan of salvation for all people was not an afterthought for God: it was the first thing that He considered when He determined to create us.

From eternity, God had already known everything that would take place and every act that He was going to accomplish. This is what makes the Lord—God: the fact that He knows everything, and there is nothing that He must learn.

Known to God from eternity are all His works.  Acts 15:18 

The preeminent purpose of all Bible Prophecy is to demonstrate in the realm of linear time, that God has already seen all the events that will take place.

When He speaks, He does so as if all the events He describes had already transpired. In eternity, nothing is future; everything has already happened. When God speaks of future events, they are only future to those who live on the earth. For God everything in all of time is already complete. No event is outside of the knowledge of God, and He is not predicting the future when He speaks a word of prophecy. He is simply describing what has already taken place.

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Jesus Suffered For, and Took the Sins of, Those Who Would Never Receive Him

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One of the great mysteries of the universe is that it pleased the Father to bruise His Son and put Him to death for the sins of all people. Why God would allow His Only Son to suffer so greatly for sinners is an unsearchable question that all of us will ponder throughout eternity.

It is certain that one of the reasons why God permitted Jesus to undergo such great trauma is because it brought such great glory and vindication to His name. Satan has made continued accusations that God is not really righteous and fair.[1] These allegations are fully answered by what Jesus has accomplished at the cross. God is not angry and vindictive, as some have believed, but willing to take whatever steps necessary to reveal His hatred of sin and love for people. Much in the same way that a loving parent who observes the suffering of his child because of drugs or alcohol would do anything to eradicate their suffering. So also has God, as a loving Father, sought to eradicate the plague of sin from the lives of all people whom He loves so fervently. In freeing us from our suffering, He was made to watch His own Son suffer unimaginable pain. He allowed this for our benefit. Imagine the intense pain that God felt at seeing His Son tortured to death by evil men. While Jesus had done nothing evil Himself, He was fully committed to allow those who desired His death, to do whatever they wanted to Him. He permitted all of this knowing that His death would free us from our own torture and torment. Continue reading “Jesus Suffered For, and Took the Sins of, Those Who Would Never Receive Him”

That God Would Die For Us

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It is a paradox of the Bible that the One who spoke the universe into existence would be willing to come to earth and lay down His life for us.

This character of Jesus as a servant sets Him apart from every other religious or spiritual leader. In Greek mythology, it is inconceivable that Zeus, Apollo, or any other Greek god would lower himself to be a servant of the beings they created. Jesus is described by the Bible as the Creator of all things; yet He came to earth and took the body of a man so that He could offer up His life as a sacrifice for the sins of all men. The humiliation, the mental and physical torture and unimaginable horrors that Jesus experienced while completing the process of our salvation, is beyond comprehension. Continue reading “That God Would Die For Us”

What Happened to Our Sins When Jesus Died?

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In some regards, the death of Jesus upon the cross, is a mystery. 

Conservatively, Jesus died for more than 100 Trillion sins*

If Jesus died for our sins, what happened to those sins during His crucifixion, where did they go? Since Jesus took our sins, do they still exist, were they simply covered, or was there more at work in this process than many people understand?

Jesus knew ahead of time all things that were going to transpire regarding His death and resurrection. He had determined every event before He created the first man on the earth. The plan of salvation for all people was not an afterthought for God. It was the first thing that He considered when He determined to create us.

From eternity, God had already known everything that would happen and every act that He was going to accomplish. This is what makes the Lord—God: the fact that He knows everything, and there is nothing that He must learn.

Acts 15:18 “Known to God from eternity are all His works.

The preeminent purpose of all Bible Prophecy is to demonstrate in the realm of linear time, that God has already seen all the events that will take place. When He speaks, He does so as if all the events He describes had already taken place. In eternity, nothing is future; everything has already happened. When God speaks of future events, they are only future to those who live on the earth. No event is outside of the knowledge of God, and He is not predicting the future. He is simply describing what has already taken place. Continue reading “What Happened to Our Sins When Jesus Died?”

When God Revealed Himself…

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Many people claim that if God exists, there would be evidence of His being. The Bible is unique in its declaration that God has proven His existence, by coming personally to earth. Not as some mythological god as described by the Greeks or Romans, but humbly, in the form of a baby. Born into a family so poor that on the night of His birth, His mother brought Him to the world, in a stable. He lived the first 30 years of His life in total obscurity with nothing written of Him until He appears in the narrative of a few men who gave the world an eye witness account of the things He said and did.

For just three and one half years, the world beheld the glory of the Eternal God, veiled in human flesh. When He came to the world which He had created–to the people who He fashioned in His own image, He was not what the world expected, nor wanted. Though He had done no wrong, nor committed any violence upon any other human being, God, dwelling within the body of a man–allowed sinful and evil men to pierce His hands and feet and nail Him to a Roman cross. He did not resist those who beat Him in the face,  ripped out His beard in handfuls, spit, and mocked Him repeatedly. The Roman soldiers tore His clothes from His back and beat Him until His internal organs began to show. Continue reading “When God Revealed Himself…”

Melchizedek and Jesus: One and the Same

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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”