Deuteronomy 6:5; “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your mind, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” (ESV – all emphasis mine)
Matthew 22:37; “And He said to him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
Mark 12:30; “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
Luke 10:27; ” And He answered, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
Titus 1:2; “in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.”
Hebrews 6:17-18; “So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the Promise [Jews] the unchangeable character of His purpose, He guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.”
John 10:16 ties together everything in the above verses to include everyone, not just His chosen people. “And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. So there will be one flock, one Shepherd.”
There are those who say that God’s Holy Word is difficult to understand and impossible to follow. God knows that as humans, we are prone to sin and will fall short of being perfect (Romans 3:10; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23). He knew that we could never offer any sacrifices that would be able to satisfy His need for perfection and that no earthly human can ever live a perfect, sinless life. The only one that accomplished that was His own Son, Jesus the Christ.
Because of this, He Himself provided the only true and perfect blood sacrifice that would be acceptable. He also knows that as long as we are in these imperfect human bodies, we will sin to the very moment we take our last breath here. Anyone who thinks otherwise, please review the Romans verses above.
Once a person receives and accepts Jesus as their Savior, we have a promised pathway to forgiveness for sins we have committed and will commit after that. In 1 John 1:8-10, we are given a promise that if we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us.
For all who do not have Jesus as their Savior, they will answer for every sin they will ever have committed when they are at the Great White Throne Judgment of Revelation 20:11-15. There will be no “advocate” that has paid for their sins.
There are numerous false prophets today, just as Jesus, Paul, John and others said there would be. Their activity has been increasing over the past several years, and they are actually out in the open with their satanic worship. Some have even taken over previously Bible-based churches with their false teachings. Sadly, they have many members all too willing to believe those lies.
To say that what God called “abominations” no longer apply, God does not change His mind. He meant exactly what He said then; he means it for today and will mean it all the way to the end of the Millennial Reign of Jesus. Satan has always been a liar and will be all the way to his end (Revelation 20:10).
Satanic worship, until just a few years ago, was performed behind closed doors and mostly in secret. Today, there are “churches of Satan” in numerous parts of the country, and recently there was a report of college clubs forming that are satanic based. They don’t even try to hide this.
We were warned by the Savior that in the last days, there would be a turning away from anything that has to do with Him. We are at that time right now and have been for several years. The end of this age is inevitable. Christians are being labeled “haters” because we don’t participate in the activities of all the “alphabet” groups. Thing is, we’re commanded to love them for their immortal souls, but we don’t have to like or accept what they do.
Jesus had the most trouble with the religious leaders of His day. They had their own rules and regulations, which He constantly called them out about. He loved them all but had a strong dislike for their false beliefs. They were leading the people away from the true scriptures. He even asked the Father to forgive those who were crucifying Him because they really did not know exactly what they were doing. They did not accept Him as their Messiah.
Our Father gives us every opportunity to receive and accept His Son so that we can have eternal life with Him. He does not take delight in having anyone condemned (2 Peter 3:9). The only unforgivable sin today is to leave this earth without having accepted Jesus as your Savior. There will be one more unforgivable sin during the Tribulation, and that will be to knowingly take the mark of the beast. Once a person takes their last breath here, eternity is set. Believers have eternal life in Heaven; unbelievers have eternal damnation in hell. There are no third options.
Please go to Romans 10:9-13 for the simple steps to forever change your eternal address to Paradise. Once you do, you have the Promise of the Father of eternity in Heaven, and the Savior will personally prepare a place for you (John 14:1-3).
Today would not be too early as all the signs that this age is about over are here right now. To miss the opportunity to be called up to meet Jesus in the air to be kept from the wrath would be a terrible mistake. The call could come at any minute, and to be ready, you need Jesus to be your Savior. No special ceremonies, no tasks to perform, nor funds to pay to earn or buy your way. Jesus paid everything that had to be paid so that we could have His gift of eternal life. His precious blood covers all the sins of those who will truly call out to Him to be their Savior.
Admit/confess you are a sinner, which we all are (Romans 3:23). Believe Jesus is the only Savior there is (John 14:6), and call out for Him to save you, and you will be saved (Romans 10:13). None of us are perfect by any means, but when we have Jesus, God sees His Son in us and accepts us through Jesus’ sacrifice for all of us.
The Rapture will take place at any time and will be faster than we could ever imagine. Paul described it as “in the twinkling of an eye” in 1 Corinthians 15:52, which experts have calculated to be less than one second. Once you are a part of His precious flock, you will never have to worry about just when the Harpazo or Rapture will occur. Your “ticket” will have already been bought, and the flight will not be canceled. As I said, today would not be too early, as it could happen before tomorrow.
Shalom! Maranatha! Peace to you; Come Lord Jesus!