Are You Secure Eternally?
Topic: Eternal Question
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. (Luke 16:22-23 KJV)
Yesterday, I read one of car bumper stickers that said, “If you die today, where would you be—Heaven or Hell?” Most today’s Americans wish to go to Heaven, but they have different method to go there. I was surprised to hear from one of gentlemen, who claimed himself as Christian, said that he doesn’t care where he would be after this life. His statement indicates that he doesn’t care about his life and he’d not worry if his life would end at Hell.
God didn’t create Hell for anyone to enjoy suffering, but He created it for Satan and demons. Unfortunately, God let us to choose to go there. We read in Luke 16 how the rich man ended his life in Hell. It is a terrible place for anyone would spend eternally. Even God doesn’t like anyone to end up in Hell, yet, some people would like to live without God in their lives.
God didn’t send His Son to die for our sins, so we could have happy life. No! John 3:17 says, “…God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.“ That is why Paul said in Romans 5:8, “…God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
So, where you would be after this life? Heaven or Hell? There is no third way to spend eternality. Mormon believes that there are three levels of heaven and no hell. If that is true, then why Jesus came to die for our sins? It would be useless. But Mormon couldn’t approve where three levels of heaven be. Mormon also couldn’t approve if God gave the founder some missing links to the Books of Gospel.
If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.
Posted by MGJC Web Ministry
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If I were Satan I: Eternal Question
Topic: Eternal Question
When we meet Jesus Christ before the throne of God, He will ask you and me a question. He will not ask about our social spending. He will not ask us about how many things that we accomplished on earth. But He will ask this question: "What was your relationship with My Son, Jesus Christ?
There are three parts of the message series that will help us to answer that question. In Part 1, I want to discuss about the Eternal Question. What God will ask when we meet Him. Second, If I were Satan. There are more description about Satan and Hell than any other subjects in the Bible that Jesus described. Finally, A Place is Called Heaven. What is the Heaven like? What is the different between Heaven and Hell? As we study on this, it will lead to the question: What is your relationship with Jesus Christ?
Please, read Mark 8:36-37 as we answer to that question. "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forefit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?"
What is your relationship with Jesus Christ? This question is that we must answer now or at the throne of God. It is not for our lifetime on the earth, but it's for our eternal life. Jesus asked, "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world...?"
Some of us may work on our jobs for more than 40 hours a week. Or some of us may have family and job. More than 80 percent of household have family and job. Do they satisfy you? You may say, yes or kind of. But do they satisfy you for the rest of life?
King Solomon asked this question: "Do people really gain anything from their work?" (Eccl 3:9 NCV.)
In today's world, many of us have been focused what are things that we love to do on earth. It's the mostly popular things to do. Let me ask you this question: If you love this world, have you considered where will you be when you die?
Our human life has limit. We all die physically. In I Corinthians 15, Paul described the resurrection of the dead. In Genesis 3:16-19, God gave Adam a limited life because of sin that he ever done. We have a limited life on earth because what one man did. But, on the other hand, God brought His Son to the world, so we may have the eternal convent with Him through Jesus Christ.
"Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned--for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.
"But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:12-17.)
So Jesus asked, "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forefit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?"
We may enjoy doing the activities on earth, but we may do not have the eternal happiness in our lives. We may have many relationships with our people, but do we have the eternal security after we die on earth? If we gain the whole world, what we will end up? Either we enter the Heaven gate or Hell gate. There are no other ways to continue to live our life, because we are made from the image of God.
If we just gain the whole world, then what are we? The Bible says that Jesus came to the world so He can establish the loving relationship with us. Paul said there is nothing "will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 8:39)." God didn't just create us for His work, but for establishing the loving relationship with us.
Are you ready to give your answer to the one simple question to the Heavenly Father? The question cannot be answered by someone else. It is you alone to give it to God. Do you have your personal relationship with Jesus Christ? If you are not sure to the question, please consider to confess your sins and thoughts to God and invite Him to be the center of your life. Many church leaders may call you to go to the altar for sinner prayer. But this time is one and one, you and God, because He wants to know you personally. Jesus said, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matt 7:7-8.)
Let God be the centered of your life.
Posted by MGJC Web Ministry
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Updated: Saturday, April 14, 2012 4:11 PM EDT