Saturday, March 01, 2014

Won't you follow Jesus?

To you who do not believe in and currently follow Jesus Christ as Lord, including those who are now wayward and have walked away from Him:

Without faith in, and obedience to the Son of God, your sins remain, and the wrath of God abides on you. You will die in your sins and there remains a judgment from God against those sins. The payment for those sins is death, but not just death, Jesus Himself says it will be everlasting fire (Matthew 18:8, Matthew 25:41), and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46), and Paul says it is everlasting destruction (2 Thessalonians 1:9).

Jesus who was perfect and sinless (the only Man who ever was) came to set all those who would believe in Him free from their sins and the judgment to come and to reconcile them to God. He did this by being yet perfect, sinless and guiltless Himself, He died the death that you should have died, received the punishment you should have received in your place, and then He raised from the grave so that you may receive new life and one day be resurrected to receive a new body that will live forever with Him. He came to give you eternal life today. To know Him is LIFE and PEACE. To know Him is eternal life. To not know Him, is death and restlessness and no peace. If you honestly look deep inside yourself, you will see, without Him it is empty and you most likely even fear death. You fear death because you know there is more, even though with your mind you may not know it. You were created to be eternal and that is why you fight death and fear it. That is why you want to be fixed and go to the doctor when you have something wrong in your body. You know that you weren't meant to be that way. You weren't meant to be sick and die. In the very core of your being you crave eternal life. We all do. Well, He came so that you COULD be forgiven of all your sins, set free from them, and so that you COULD live forever with Him.

So I say, repent and believe, follow Him, and be forgiven, be free, and receive eternal life! If you turn from your sins and turn to Him, believe with your heart that God raised Jesus from the grave and confess Him as Lord with your mouth, you will be saved! Trust in Him that He took your sin debt for you. Call out to Him, receive Him. To confess Him as Lord isn't just in word though, it means in deed too. You actually follow Him, and if you do, you will be where He is, that is heaven, not only when you pass on, but here and now.

This is some of what the Bible says regarding this:

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:36 ESV

Then Jesus said to them again, "I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come." So the Jews said, "Will He kill Himself, because He says, 'Where I go you cannot come'?" And He said to them, "You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." John 8:21-24

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of God?" He answered and said, "Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?" And Jesus said to him, "You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you." Then he said, "Lord, I believe!" And he worshiped Him. And Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind." Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, "Are we blind also?" Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, 'We see.' Therefore your sin remains. John 9:36-41

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

"When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." Matthew 25:31-46

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 20:11-21:4

how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins. Acts 10:38-43

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:9-13

He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. John 12:25-26

Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this further.

Grace, peace and love in Jesus Christ!

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