From the Bible, we learn in Genesis 1.1:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
These are the very first words of the Bible. Two distinct places, heaven and earth. This tells us there are two distinct places we can BE, either on earth or in heaven. This should prove that God is telling us today that everything in our lives is one way or the other, incredible…right?
This is the Holy Word of God, HIS words coming from HIS mouth to our ears and we need to be cognizant of each and every one of them! That is, IF you so choose to live a long and prosperous life, you must conform to how HE has set things up and that HIS perfect will is in everything, including you and me.
Now…we live each day according to “choices” we make and then follow through with actions according to the decisions we made. Examples are: If your are, walking, then you are NOT standing still. If you are eating then you are NOT starving. If you are on top of the mountain, then you are NOT in the valley. If you are here, then you are NOT over there…Pretty simplistic right? What you probably don’t realize I that the Bible is full of examples, a decision to made and actions to follow suit.
The gospel of Jesus Christ says, that IF you choose to follow Jesus Christ, you will go to heaven when you die. Conversely, if you follow Satan, you will die and go to hell, and then to the lake of fire. AGAIN…I am emphasizing, IT IS ONE WAY OR THE OTHER! There is NO gray area, no sitting on the line and there is definitely NO OTHER GOD!
I am also saying, that according to the Bible, God’s Holy Word to you and me, there is one way to live (according to God) and then there is one way of living that is AGAINST God! It is the exact same thing with the fact that there is SIN or there is NOT! God also saw the SIN of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and sent them out of the garden. Therefore SIN exists in each and every one of us─that includes you and me.
Here is another known truth from God’s Word: God will NOT allow SIN into heaven. God hates SIN! You and I are born with “original SIN” because of what Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden…against God. So where does that leave you and me and every other person ever born on this planet…as far as God is concerned?
We are tainted with original SIN just by being born on this planet. Therefore we are not able to be with God, who lives in heaven, if we have SIN in our lives!
Matthew 26 and 27 tells us the event of the crucifixtion and death of Jesus Christ, the sole Son of God. This is the “sacrifice unto death” that Jesus Christ made, so that our SIN is covered by HIS blood. If we choose to believe it, when we die as humans, we go to heaven to be with Jesus Christ. This is the SINGLE most important event of the Bible. It is a choice we must make, to either believe it or not. Everything in the Bible hinges on this one event!
The proof of this is found in John 3:14-18:
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (emphasis added)
This is where the road meets the asphalt, this is the greatest single event anyone could ever know in their life. It is also the dividing line for those going to heaven (those who believe) and for those that will not believe, they will go to hell! This single most important decision MUST be made by each and every person that has lived, and lives today or in the future. There is NO other way around it, it is as God has made it to be!
Many times, I have given the advice to read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the actual gospels. Now I tell others to start in those chapters so that they will know the love of Jesus Christ for them. But I now say, afterward, read the entire Bible. I truly believe it is important for everyone to know the promises of our God; the prophecies, the lineage, the reason for why life is the way it is…In essence, by reaind te Bible we learn the perfect will of God for our lives.
The Word of God was given to be “rightly” divided, to be read and studied with a thirst and passion like no other because this life here on earth is not the life God has meant for us to live. Our citizenship is in heaven! As the Bible puts it, it is either living for eternity in heaven with God or going to the lake of fire forever. The one, the single most important thing to understand is that everything is one way or the other, and that is according to the choices God gives us through Jesus Christ.
One other aspect among so many is that God tells us everything: Why life is what it is and who made it so. God tells us what the future is going to be, through HIS prophecies and HE also tells us the final outcome. We are given all the: Where, when, who and what is going to happen and each and everytime. HE gives us a way out of the bad and every way into the good.
Here’s what is so remarkable: It is a single decision, it doesn’t require anything to be done, because we can’t do anything to save ourselves. Everything is in God’s hands!
I must surmise that for the majority of people this is too simple…to be true! God simply wants a people that will love HIM and give all HIS love to; the very best of everything imaginable! It simply boggles my mind, when I hear someone giving excuses for not following Jesus Christ!
HE…GOD…wants to give you…everything imaginable… for all eternity! All HE asks of you is to honestly and truthfully accept HIS Gift of love and follow HIM and HE will take care of everything!
Now that is incredible!
This life we are living is for only one goal, to accept the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ! How is this so difficult for anyone to understand? How in the world could anyone choose to make a conscious choice NOT to accept that gift of Jesus Christ and heaven for all eternity? The Bible expressly says that Satan is a liar…of the first order…that Satan hates you and wants to see you destroyed, simply because God created you in HIS image. Satan hates God that much, but being the coward that he is, he chooses to take it out on you and me and everyone else.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error” (1 John 4:1-6, emphasis added).
Jesus Christ is Lord of lords and King of kings!