Where would your soul go it you were to die today?
You may be angered (Ecclesiastes 7:9) at me asking you this question (Proverbs 27:5), but with that I ask you another question: Why don’t you like dealing (Proverbs 29:19-20) with this issue? (John 3:20) By not dealing with it doesn’t make it go away (Matthew 5:25-26). Perhaps your anger (Proverbs 15:12) continues as you contemplate (Proverbs 18:13) not reading any further (Proverbs 14:16). But be honest (Galatians 4:16) with yourself (2 Corinthians 13:5) whether it is 50 years (Psalm 144:4), 20 years, 2 years (1 Peter 1:24) or perhaps even today (1 Thessalonians 5:2), who knows maybe, this night thy soul shall be required of thee (Luke 12:20), and then what? Yes, you thought right (Romans 1:32); The Judgement (Hebrews 9:27),the day when The Lord Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 4:1), will judge all men (2 Corinthians 5:10) and that would include you (Revelation 20:11-12);for all the things (Psalm 139:2-4) you have ever thought (Psalm 10:4), said (Matthew 12:36), done (Romans 2:6) or have not done (Matthew 25:30). Now you may laugh (Luke 6:25), mock (Proverbs 14:9) and scoff (2 Peter 3:3) at this saying you do not (Psalm 82:5) believe (Romans 3:3-4) in such nonsense (Psalm 14:1) or think (Psalm 94:11) you have it all sorted (Proverbs 21:30) out (1 Thessalonians 5:3) in your mind (Proverbs 16:25). Maybe you think (Proverbs 15:28) you (Romans 2:3) are not so bad (Proverbs 20:6) or have done many good works (Isaiah 64:6); perhaps you think lightly (Amos 6:1) of that day (Luke 21:34) as though God (Hebrews 10:31) were but a man (Psalm 50:21-22)(Romans 1:23)(Numbers 23:19). Maybe you think your religion (Lev 18:30) will save (Jeremiah 11:12) you (Psalm 9:17 & 102:15) or perhaps even your profession (Romans 10:9) of Jesus Christ and baptism (Matthew 7:21).
You don’t need me (1 John 5:19 ) to try and convince (Romans 8:34) you that you have sinned (Romans 3:23) against God; God has (Titus 2:11-15) given you (Isaiah 51:7) that (2 Corinthians 4:6) knowledge (Romans 3:20) through (Romans 3:19) a convicted (Romans 2:15) conscience ( 2 Corinthians 5:11) when you sin (John 8:9). But when you continue to not obey (1 Peter 2:7-8) your God given conscience (2 Corinthians 4:2) it begins to become silenced (1 Timothy 4:2), you begin to see your sin (1 Peter 4:4) as normal (Romans 1:28) and not something (1 Corinthians 5:2) to be ashamed of (Romans 6:21). The reason for this (Romans 1:21) is because (2 Thessalonians 2:10 ) God has given (2 Thessalonians 2:11) you over (Romans 1:28) to fill full what your heart (Romans 1:24) truly wants (Psalm 10:3). So he perhaps grants you (Matthew 4:9) your hearts desire (Jeremiah 17:9), long life (Ecclesiastes 7:15), wealth (Psalm 49:16-17)(Luke 6:24) and success (Revelation 3:17). This could even come in the form (Matthew 5:45) of answered (Mark 5:12-13) prayers (Isaiah 66:4), to “God”(2 Timothy 3:5) (Isaiah 29:13) or the “Jesus Christ” (Luke 6:46) (Titus 1:16) that you have made up (Romans 1:25) in your mind (Romans 8:7), influenced by, select (Matthew 22:29) Scriptures (2 Peter 3:5-10)(2 Peter 3:16) ,unbelief (Ephesians 4:18-19) of the Word (1 Peter 2:8),worldly (Colossians 2:8) (James 3:15) knowledge (1 Corinthians 1:18-25), satanic (2 Corinthians 4:4) deception (Genesis 3:1), the cares of this life (Luke 8:14 )(Luke 21:34-36), but mostly from rejected (Hosea 4:6) truth (2 Timothy 3:8) and teachers (1 Kings 22:19-23) telling you (1 Timothy 4:1) what your ears want to hear (2 Timothy 4:4). You surround yourself or desire to be surrounded by those who do or believe the same things (Proverbs 16:4-5), this could be your friends (Psalm 1:1), club, false religion (1 Corinthians 10:20) or apostate (2 Corinthians 2:17) church (Revelation 2:9). Perhaps you avoid them altogether just keeping to yourself, saying “Those are private matters not to be discussed” (Hebrews 4:12-13) or you create your own ideal philosophies (1 Corinthians 1:21), in order to live how you please (Romans 3:18).
When some thing or someone (2 Corinthians 2:15-16) reminds you that what you do (John 7:7) or believe (Acts 17:22) is wrong (James 5:20) you think to yourself or tell them (1 Peter 4:4), they are being judgmental (2 Corinthians 5:14), legalist (John 14:21) or condemning (John 3:18). But this response is only a manifestation (2 Corinthians 5:11) of where your heart (Matthew 15:19) really is (John 3:19-20) with the True God (1 John 5:19-20), it is the defence of a prideful (Proverbs 13:10) heart (Psalm 10:4). The same way a guilty criminal, stands before a judge still pleading not guilty when he knows that he is guilty, but to prideful to admit it, change his ways or suffer the consequences.
Now although ones understanding (Ephesians 4:18) may be clouded (2 Corinthians 4:3) or perverted (Galatians 1:7) to certain degrees of what the Gospel is (1 Corinthians 15:1-11), it appears in this day to be common (Romans 10:18) knowledge (Romans 1:8). The message (1 John 1:5)(1 John 3:11) is pretty simple (1 Corinthians 1:20), in fact described as foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:25) to those who do not (John 6:64) believe. (1 Corinthians 1:18) God (Isaiah 33:22) promised (Genesis 3:15) to send (Isaiah 19:20) and did (1 John 1:29) send (1 John 4:14) us a saviour (Romans 5:8-10).
God sent His only begotten Son, (John 3:16) conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. (Matthew 1:20) He died on a Cross (Matthew 27:35) for the sins (Galatians 1:4) of the whole world (1 John 2:2), whereby the wrath of God which you and I deserve (Romans 2:5) was poured out upon His own Son (Isaiah 53:10). He was dead for 3 days (Mark 8:31), then resurrected (John 20:9) seen by many witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:6) and later ascended into heaven (Acts 1:11). He sent the promised Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49), to comfort (John 14:16), correct and empower (John 14:26) His believers and to convict and reprove the World of sin.(John 16:8) Christ promised and He will come again (Revelation 22:12) to save (Hebrews 9:28) those that wait and look for Him because they are born again (John 3:3), regenerated (Col 2:13) and keep His commandments. (1 John 5:3-4) But them who are disobedient (2 Thessalonians 1:8), even to their own consciences which they have or had (Romans 2:14-15), He will dam to the
(Revelation 21:8) . Yet to those who saw at a time or even had a glimpse of what the saviour has done for them (Hebrews 6:4-6), yea even through ignoring this letter (Hebrews 2:3), O how far worse off they will be. (Hebrews 10:26-29) Lake of Fire
True (1 Peter 1:22) belief in Christ (2 John 1:9) will cause you to obey (Romans 6:16) the teachings of Christ and do His will (Mark 3:35), enduring (Matthew 24:13) and abiding (John 15:4) with Him in good works (Jas 2:20)(Ephesians 2:10) and a pure heart (Matthew 5:8), through all trials (2 Timothy 4:5), not denying (2 Timothy 2:12) Him even to the point of death (Revelation 2:10). That is what Grace is: (1 Corinthians 15:10) the desire and power (John 1:12) to do the will of God (1 John 2:17). It is not just a cover up of your sins (Romans 6:1), which allows you to live a somewhat moral life and then go to heaven (Matthew 7:14), as many would teach (Jude 1:4). Yet it does not come from you, it is a free gift (Ephesians 2:8) to those whom God desires to give it (Proverbs 21:1).
Those who lay hold of eternal life (1 Timothy 6:19) will rule and rein with Christ, worshiping Him (Revelation 22:4-5) and being delighted by the presence of His Holiness (Isaiah 6:3).. Yet if you claim to believe now, you must continue in that believe otherwise you will be cut off. (Romans 11:22) Even though God is merciful (1 Peter 1:3) and longsuffering (Romans 2:4) He will not allow you to continuously provoke Him. (1 Corinthians 10:22) He may cut you off after one wilful transgression or He may cut you off after 1000 transgressions.(Hebrews 2:1-3) The point is you must fear (Romans 11:20-22) and be willing to except (Romans 9:20) that He has the right to show mercy to whom He will and is just in doing so. (Romans 9:18)
This “Cutting off” is a means or manifestation of God showing that you are not one of His elect (2 Timothy 2:19 ; 1 John 2:19), for the elect of God endure to the end (Matthew 10:22 ; Matthew 24:13). It also serves as a warning to all who profess faith in Jesus Christ (lest ye fall from your own steadfastness) (2 Peter 3:17 ; 1 Corinthians 10:12 ; Hebrews 3:12 ; Hebrews 4:1; Hebrews 2:1-3) One might confidently say that “…He which begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” ( Philippians 1:6) Yet the believer is not to put his faith in the verse, but rather in the work which the Lord has begun, and is doing in his life (the believers Testimony of been made a new creature, passing from death to life) (Revelation 12:11 ; 2 Corinthians 5:17 ; John 5:24) Believers aught to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling, (Philippians 2:12) not to walk carelessly (Jeremiah 48:10 ; Amos 6:1 ; Proverbs 22:3) but circumspectly (Ephesians 5:15-17 ; 1 Peter 5:8 ; 1 John 3:3)
Yet what is the point of me telling you of the grace (Ephesians 2:8), mercy (Romans 9:15-16), and love of God (2 Corinthians 5:14) if you don’t see your need of it? Although you may be aware of your sin, and the judgment. The question is, are you grieved (2 Peter 2:7) by your sinful state (2 Corinthians 7:9-11) and are you sorrowful (Ezekiel 36:31)? Do you recognise the depravity that is in you since a child (Psalm 51:5) and the vileness of your sickness? (Romans 7:24) Do you loath (Ezekiel 36:31) yourself crying out (even as a truly saved man from time to time) O wretched man that I am, who will save me from this body of death?, What must I do to be saved? Unless you have this you do not see your need, and can not be saved, at least not now, for your heart is still hardened.(Acts 8:21-23)
If this troubles you get alone (Matthew 6:6) fall to the ground and crying out for mercy and don’t give up until God changes (2 Corinthians 5:17) your heart.(Proverbs 21:1 ) It is the Holy Spirit that must convict you and draw you, not just your natural fear of death, although your fear could ultimately bring you to faith. (Jude 1:23) Do not live your life trusting that you will repent on your death bed, for repentance (Acts 8:22-23) is something that is granted. (2 Timothy 2:25) If you are only seeking an escape from Hell you will not be saved. You must desire heaven not because of the things that are in heaven, but because of the One who is there and the privilege (1 Thessalonians 4:17) He has granted you to be in His Holy presence. (Isaiah 6:3)
If you have legitimate questions from a humble heart seeking truth feel free to contact me. But Foolish and unlearned questions will be ignored. (2 Timothy 2:23)