Eternal life is more precious than gold. Some of its by-products are internal peace, freedom from guilt, a certain future, everlasting goodness, joy beyond description, and the power to overcome evil. Does it sound expensive? It is! It cost someone EVERYTHING to make it free to you.
There's a big war going on in a realm you cannot see. It's all about you. It's about values. It's about life and death. It's about good and evil. It's about life and death. It's about eternal life and eternal death.
The Main Characters!
You are being lured into an eternity of destruction; away from all that is good. Inaction is the key to remaining there. To lose everything of eternal goodness all you need to do is: nothing! However, a way has been made for you to escape out of the trap and become heir to all that is good. That's what this writing is all about.
Here are some of God's rules from Exodus 20:1-26: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." (object of worship) "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image…" (idols) "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them …" "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." … "Honour thy father and thy mother: …." "Thou shalt not kill (murder)." "Thou shalt not commit adultery." "Thou shalt not steal." "Thou shalt not (lie) bear false witness against thy neighbour." "Thou shalt not covet…"
Violation & Condemnation
James 2:10 "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."
Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death;"
What is Death? The Bible reveals three kinds of death:
Death is not annihilation or cessation of existence. Death is separation; particularly: separation from life.
The Bible refers to three different aspects of death. These are physical, spiritual, and eternal or "the second death".
Physical death is that separation of the soul and spirit from the body. The departure of life from the physical body. A person dying a natural death looks hardly any different one minute after death from one minute before death. What has occurred in the moment of death? There has been a separation of life from the body. There was something (someone) there and then there was not. Life has departed from the body and from those of us who are still physically living. Such is physical death.
Spiritual death is the separation of man's spirit from God's Spirit as illustrated in the historical account of Adam and Eve in Genesis chapter 3 of the Bible.
Gen 2: 17 "But of the
tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of
it: for in the day
that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
Adam and Eve walked about freely with God and enjoyed His presence until they disobeyed Him. Immediately after they ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil they were separated from God. They not only did not enjoy His presence, they hid from Him. You and I have never known spiritual life as Adam and Eve knew it, for you and I were born separated from God. We never walked with God in the garden of Eden in the cool of the evening. We were born outside of the garden. You might say we were inside Adam when he sinned, thus we are also separated from spiritual life. But God has made a way for spiritual rebirth; to give us this spiritual life while here on earth!
The "second death" is in Revelation 20:14 and 21:8. It is written in Revelation 21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
After the Great White Throne judgment, where every person will be judged by his knowledge of good and evil according to his deeds, the condemned will be thrown into the lake of fire where they will be separated from God for eternity. They will have no contact with good. They will be in torment forever.
As it is written in 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9, "when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;"
Romans 10:9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised
him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved."
Eternal life begins the moment one trusts in Jesus Christ as God's permanent solution for sin. From that moment on begins the journey of becoming acquainted with God. Never again will you be separated from His life. Though this physical life be filled with troubles, yet from that moment through all of eternity you will never be separated from the goodness of God. Those who will not believe will be separated from all that is good for all of eternity. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
The Good News is that Jesus paid the price in full. What you need to do is trust in what He has done for you. Won't you do that today?
Matthew 7:13 "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
Revelation 20:11 "¶ And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." 21:1 "¶ And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
God is the Creator. Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
God is Owner of all. Ex 19.5b "… all the earth is mine" Job 41.11 - "whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine"
God is good. Ps 34:8 "O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him."
God can be known by man.
God made the rules. 2 Timothy 3:16 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"
God keeps records. Revelation 20:15 "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
God is Just. Proverbs 24:12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
God will Judge Matthew 12:36 "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment."
God Hates Sin. Revelation 21:27 "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life."
God's Standard is Perfection: Romans 3:23 "For all
have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;"
Man is sinful. Romans 3:10 "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:"