When you deal with loss and grief, it's hard to have hope in our darkest hours, but when that loved one is a believer, we do know that one day, we'll see them again, and there will be no separation or good-byes ever again. In eternity, in heaven, you don't wait for anything since thee is no time there. Our loved ones who have gone before us will be there, waiting for us the moment we get there!
"Thorough knowledge of the Bible is more valuable than a college education." ~ Teddy Roosevelt.
Hell will be filled with the cowardly, meaning those who were too afraid to trust in God; unbelieving, abominable, murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, drug users, idolaters, and all liars. Hell is for real. The Bible says so. For you to inherit hell, just stay sexually immoral, stay doing your drugs, stay unbelieving, stay abominable, staying murdering people, hating people, and the Bible is very clear what awaits you.
Think about how many moral people will be in hell, even those who a religious, who never saw a need for Jesus as Savior and Lord in their life. They never embraced the God who dies for their sins and instead thought they could make it on their own. God's not going to do one more thing to keep you out of hell! He's done it all by giving us His Son, to die for our sins, to pay the penalty we owe, but could never pay. Hell will be full of almost Christians!
When we come home, everything will be complete.
Revelation 21:5 ~ "And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
The Lord will pick up where He left off. He will refresh, revitalize the heavens and the earth by fire. Aren't you glad that He completes His projects? God will complete that which He has started.
Philippians 1:6 ~ "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."
This will come to pass. It will happen. Nothing can stop it! No wonder why death has no victory and the grave will have no power over us any longer. Jesus has begun something, He's working on it now, and He will complete it. The process will be near complete when we breathe our last breath. What does that mean?
Revelation 21:6 ~ "And he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment."
The Lord will finish what He alone started. By this I mean redemption. It's finished, but it's not done. The work has been accomplished, but the benefits have yet to be enjoyed.
John 19:30 ~ "When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, "It is finished," and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."
This is in relation to our sin's debt and salvation. Two very different words and meanings here. It is finished and It is done. What do these mean?
"It is finished" all of humanity's sin debt was paid, past, present and future. In Greek, the word is "teleo" to end. i.e. complete, execute a transaction, to discharge payment for a debt, to accomplish what another could not, to bring to an end, to retire by performance. It was recorded in heaven= paid in full!
You can't live like hell and expect to get into heaven. You don't work you way into heaven either. That's not possible. Believe in Jesus Christ. Trust in God in whom He has sent.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 ~ "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin, who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
"It is done," time has run its course, eternity now commences. I have completed all that I have set forth to do. I have delivered the fold, the sheep into the pasture. Not one of them has been lost. I deliver the sheep into the kingdom forever. I, as the Good Shepherd, have completed my task. It is done!
For us to be in heaven, is based on Jesus' performance, not ours. We will get to heaven because Jesus is faithful. We will get to heaven because He did it, not us!
The Lord will be our all in all.
Revelation 21:7 ~ "The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son (or daughter)."
He will be everything to us. When we come home, everything is going to be right, because the rejecter will be rejected.
Revelation 21:8 ~ "But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable,"
When we get to heaven, there will be no more sin anymore. The person who rejected Jesus, will be rejected. Cowardly, means the almost, the faithless, the fearful, the timid, the dread.
Acts 26:27-29 ~ "King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe. And Agrippa said to Paul, "In a short time you have almost proven me that I should become a Christian. Paul said,"My prayer to God, is that you and all who hear me today, would be a Christian as I am, only to not have these chains."
Your almost faith gets you into hell. It's Jesus' all together work that opens up heaven!
If you miss it, you'll have no one to blame but you. The unbelieving, in Greek is 'apistos' means the disbelieving, the double-minded, the faithless. The abominable, in Greek is 'bdelusso' which means to stink, something disgusting. i.e. to look to an idol which is abhorrent. Like putting something before an idol as a sacrifice and it begins to rot.
The abuser will be abused.
Revelation 21:8 ~ "as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters."
Don't confuse murder with killing. A drive by shooting is a murder. The 10 Commandments say "Thou Shall Not Murder" it is an English that might be transferred in error to say, "Thou Shalt Not Kill." In warfare, in God's eyes, when one man kills another in war, it is not murder. God does not judge anyone to murder in that sense, in the specter of war. That's killing and it's different. The word here for murder is homicide.
The sexually immoral in the Greek the word is 'pornos' from where we get the word pornography, it includes prostitutes, male and female, fornicators, whoremongers, homosexuals, and adulterers.
Idolaters is anyone who places their faith in anything other than God, be it their job, their families, their finances, their fame, their power or even their world wealth.
Because the deceiver will be deceived.
Revelation 21:8b ~ "and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."
Satan remember is the father of lies, and those that lie are his children.
John 8:44 ~ "You are of your father the devil, and you will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies."
James 1:21-22 ~ "Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls."
What is you fall into any one of these categories, is there hope for you?
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ~ "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, not adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, not the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."
Haven't you always wanted things to be right in your life? In the city of Corinth, no one wanted to live there and in fact if you were a big-time sinner, you were called a Corinthian. So what can you do? Two things.
1. Get Saved.
2. Stop Being Almost - Give Your Heart to Jesus
Galatians 6:7-8 ~ "Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh, will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. "
Father, I come to You, confessing my sin and asking for Your forgiveness. I thank you, Lord, for You have promised that if I will confess my sins, You will be faithful to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I want to turn from my sins and live in Your will. I ask that You give me the power through Your Holy Spirit to live the right way.
I thank You that Jesus Christ died on the cross, paying the price for my sins, and then rose from the dead. I accept Him now as my Savior, my Lord, and my Friend. Thank You for giving me new life in Christ. I surrender myself to You; make me what You want me to be. In Jesus' name. Amen!
This is my online ministry that God is using to bring about encouragement, hope and love to a hurting and dark world. I am hoping that all of you that find your way here will take something away that will add some meaning to your life! I personally feel it's a calling I have from God at this time in my life to reach out to people that are hurting and offer them hope in a dark world or at least give them a smile and laughter back! I am sold out, body, mind, spirit and soul to Jesus Christ! This blog is dedicated to God, The Great I AM, Alpha and Omega, Jesus Christ, my Savior!