SALVATION THROUGH CHRIST

SALVATION THROUGH CHRIST

Mankind was created by God and is accountable to Him. God created men and women for fellowship and blessing. They were His highest creation. He created a perfect earth on which they were to rule and serve Him. There was no pain, sickness, or death and a perfect environment. But mankind rebelled against his Creator and fell from his high position and became a sinner and alienated Himself from his God and pain, sickness and death came into the world.

This is why Scripture says “All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). And

“For there is no difference: for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom.3: 22-23).

The problem is not only the outward sins that we commit, but the inward source of these sins: mankind’s heart is sinful and by nature are alienated from God.

God is holy and righteous and cannot excuse sin. Mankind takes a light view of sin and refers to it as mere human weakness, but God declares that it is an abomination. We excuse our sins but God condemns them to an eternal hell. All the sorrow, tragedy, heartache and shame of human history are summed up in that one little word—- “SIN!”.

Some tell us that God is too good to judge sinners, but the truth is God is too good NOT to judge sin. It is His very goodness that condemns mankind. While God loves us He cannot deny His own holiness.

There was a judge during the civil war whose son was brought before him for treason. The judge came down from the bench and hugged and kissed his son, he wept and told him he loved him, and then returned to his judges bench and sentenced him to death.

A judge who allows criminals to go free is not a good man. His actions would not be commendable but an outrage. It is not corrupt judges that criminals fear but honest judges. It is justice that they fear, getting what they deserve and all mankind are declared criminals by a holy and just God.

While God’s holiness demands judgment for sin, His love longs for the sinner to return to Him, and without this judgment cannot be averted.

Like that judge during the civil war, God says He loves us, and then goes back to the judges bench and pronounces judgment upon all mankind. He has no choice as a Holy God but to condemn sin.

But unlike that civil war judge, after passing sentence God stepped down from His Judges Bench and He Himself took this punishment upon Himself in the sinner’s place. He did this in the person of His Son Jesus Christ.

In order to do this God had to take upon Himself humanity. This is the message of the Gospel. In John 1:1-3 we read:

“In the beginning was the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made”.

The “Word” here refers to Jesus Christ. Here the veil is pulled back to show His true identity. Then in John 1:14 we are told how He took upon Himself humanity in order to represent mankind:

“The Word was made flesh and lived for a while among us”.

Then Hebrews 2:14-17 goes on to tell us:

“Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who were all their lives held in slavery by their fear of death.

For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people”.

I Peter 2:24 tells how He made atonement for sin: “He Himself bore our sins in His body”.

Romans 4:25 says: “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification”.

Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.

I John 3:16: “This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down His own life for us”.

And I John 4:9-10: “this is how god showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins”.

And Jesus last words from the cross were: “It is finished” (John 19:30). His mission to redeem mankind was finished. The price for mankind’s sin was paid in full, and now God could receive sinners freely and give them eternal life through Jesus Christ.

 

Salvation can never be earned but is simply accepted freely by the sinner who turns from His sins and trusts in Jesus and what He did for us on the cross. The way to heaven is through Christ alone: He said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

We receive Christ through faith by trusting Him for salvation.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Eph.2:8-9).

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Jesus did everything for us and all we have to do is receive Him. Salvation is a free gift and is ours for the taking by simply trusting in Jesus. It is now up to you. Jesus said: “You refuse come to Me to have life” (John 5:40).

Do you feel your need for Christ but are not sure how to receive Him? WANTING to receive Him is the main thing. Receiving Him is turning from you sins and simply choosing Him. How can you know that He will receive you? Because He says so:

“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away”.

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What happens after we die? What happens after death?

 

 

QUESTION 10: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DEATH?

 

Here we have the two eternal destinies of mankind: that of the saved and the unsaved. The souls of believers who die go immediately to be with the Lord. “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

Many think of death as the end of life. But the Biblical definition of death is “separation”. The soul is separated from the body. A good analogy is a radio that runs on batteries. The batteries give the radio life. Apart from its source of life the radio is dead. The soul is the source of life for the body. It is what animates and controls the body.

When you remove the batteries from the radio, the radio dies; the life or batteries did not die, but was simply removed from the radio. The radio ceased functioning. At death the soul, the life of the body, is simply removed from the body and goes to another place, and the body ceases to function. The body dies, the soul, the person inside the body, does not die. It simply goes to another place: for the believer that place is heaven, which is “gain” (Philippians 1:21).

Unlike the death of the unsaved, concerning which God says: “surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked” (Ezekiel 33: 11); God says concerning believers: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints”. God has no pleasure in the torment of the unsaved, but the death of His saints is precious in His sight.

The word “precious” means “valuable”. When the believer departs to be with the Lord, It is valuable to God. It enhances His joy and brings Him glory, while the death of the unsaved is a sad waste of a soul created in His image.

Heaven is a city built and prepared by God for His people. By faith Abraham gave up the things of this world because he had his heart set on that heavenly city: “For he was looking toward the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10).

Concerning His people who are pilgrims on the earth with no real home here, we are told: “instead, they were longing for a better country— a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepare a city for them” (Hebrews 11:16).

But the Father is not content merely to have His people in the same city with Him. He has a place prepared for them in His own house!” “In My Father’s house are many rooms . . . . .I am going there to prepare a place for you” (John 14: 2). Believers, as God’s children, have rooms in their Father’s house.

Heaven is where God’s people have their inheritance through Jesus Christ: “Into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you” (I Peter 1:4). Our inheritance can never perish, spoil or fade away, kept in heaven for us.

Before entering into our final eternal state, our spirits in heaven will be reunited with our resurrected and glorified bodies then believers will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to receive rewards, apart from salvation, for what we did for Christ after being saved. aSalvation is by faith alone

In heaven will be the absence of everything bad. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

Heaven is not a place where we will float around on clouds playing harps, but a place of activity and service: “No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants shall serve Him”(Revelation 22:30).

It will be a place of rest. “Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the lord from now on’. ‘Yes’, says the Spirit, and they shall rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them” (Revelation 14:13). Resting from our labors does not mean we will be inactive. The word “labor” here means a stressful and painful exertion. It is not work and service that will cease, but its stressfulness and painfulness. Work and service in heaven will be joyous and fulfilling.

Best of all we will be with God: “They shall see His face and their name will be on their foreheads” (Revelation 22:4). Believers should delight in the thought of heaven where they will be truly satisfied forever.

Their citizenship is already there: “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).

 

The place where the unsaved go at death is called “Sheol” in the Hebrew language, and “Hades” in the Greek language. This is the intermediate state between death and the judgment of the Great White Throne Judgment where they will receive their final sentence. It can be compared to our local jail where they wait for trial and final sentencing after all the evidence is brought in. This will include not only their works while alive but also the influence of their lives after they died.

This is where the souls of the unsaved go immediately after death. They will not receive their final sentencing until a thousand years after believers go before the Judgment Seat of Christ, when the influence of their lives will be taken into account.

For instance a man may influence others to do evil or to disregard God and they in turn, will influence others on down through the generations until the final         judgment. This intermediate state of the unsaved dead is not as terrible as the Lake of Fire which is their final destination. But it is still a place of unimaginable suffering. In Luke 16: 19-31 Jesus gives us a glimpse into this horrible place.

In verses 23-27, it is described as a place “torment” verses 23, 28. A place of “agony” verses 24 and 25. In verse 24 it is a place where they plead for a drop of water. In verses 27-31 a place where they do not want their loved one’s to go.

And on top of all this they are waiting to go to another place that is far worse where they will spend eternity!

A thousand years later their souls will be united with their bodies that will be resurrected and tailor-made to suffer forever and never die and they will go before “the Great White Throne Judgment of Revelation 20:11-15:

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from His presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and hades gave up the dead that were in it, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were throne into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire”.

Here is the final judgment of the unsaved dead. It is called the great white throne because it represents the absolute holiness of God. In verse 12 the “books” are opened. These are the records of each life. There will be the book of THOUGHTS, the book of WORDS, the book of DEEDS, the book of MOTIVES, and the book of INFLUENCE ON OTHERS, etc.

The “book of life” will be opened to show that their names are not there because they have never received Jesus as Savior and Lord. This is the book that will determine their eternal destination (verse 15).

Then these other “books” will determine the DEGREE of their punishment. In verse 13 death and Hades gave up the dead. Here death refers to the grave, the place of their bodies and Hades refers to where their souls were. Body and soul will be united. Then body and soul will be thrown into the lake of fire.

Here the word for lake of fire is “Gehennah” a place of eternal fire, darkness, sorrows, and where there is no rest forever.

Can A Christian Loose his/her Salvation in Christ? Once Saved always Saved?

Written by Allen Linn, spoken by John Melina. This is a very important question and Christians should know if they can go to Hell after accepting Jesus as Lord and as there true Savior.
Once Saved Always Saved? Is Eternal Security Biblical? Can a Christian Loose Eternal Salvation

~John Melina

The top questions of the Bible

This video is going to go over the top questions of the Bible which we found online and have links directly to the Videos that answer the questions that people have. I even added a few questions for my uncle to answer (Allen Linn). The questions we will be going through are as follows:

 

Woman Pastors, what does the Bible say about women preachers?
What does the Bible say about Homosexuality? Is it a sin?
What does the Bible say about Tattoos and Body Piercings?
Once Saved Always Saved? Is Eternal Security Biblical? Can a Christian loose Salvation?
Is Masturbation A Sin?
What is said about Interracial Marriage in the Bible?
Who was Cain’s Wife?
The Christians View on Suicide?
What does the bible say about it? Do Pets go to Heaven?
What happens after Death?
What does the Bible say about Tithing?
Should a Christian Tithe?
What is the Gift of Speaking in Tongues? Is it for today? What about praying in Tongues?
What does the Bible say about Dinosaurs?
Are there Dinosaurs in the Bible? What is the importance of Christian Baptism?
What does the Bible say about drinking Alcohol?
Is it a Sin for a Christian to Drink Alcohol? What does the Bible say about Gambling?
Is Gambling a Sin? What does the Bible teach about the Trinity?
What does the Bible say about Sex before Marriage?
Where was Jesus for the three days between his Death and resurrection?
What does the Bible say about Divorce and Remarriage?
Why is there Evil and Suffering? What about all the Contradictions in the Bible?
What about those that never heard of Jesus?
How can Jesus be the only way to GOD? Is Christianity a Psychological Crutch?
The Blind Leap of Faith in believing in Christ that Christianity Requires, How do you?
Does it matter what you believe? Does it not just matter if your sincere?
Does GOD know our Sacrifices we do for him? What is a Blessing from Christ?
What is the difference from going to a Church and watching a Sermon on T.V.?
How Important is it for a Christian to Witness and to bring others to Christ?
Are we only meant to go to Church and listen to a pastor? Or are we supposed to Preach also?
What is the Unforgiven Sin the Bible talks of?

 

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~John Melina