Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Truth

    Yesterday I heard this truth expressed so well.

 "People don't go to hell because of sin, they go to hell because of unbelief."

     Isn't this so true?  Through His sacrifice on the cross Jesus paid the price for every sin that has been, or could be, committed.  Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
    As we accept this sacrifice and ask Him to be Lord of our lives all our sins are forgiven.  Colossians 2:13 says, "You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins."
     We are then a new creation.  2 Corinthians 5:17  "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 
      We become inheritors of the kingdom of God.  James 2:5 "Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?"
       We are justified (just-as-if-I'd never sinned) by faith.  Romans 3:28 says, "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law."

     It is only because we don't believe this and therefore don't surrender our life to Him, that we don't receive all these blessings.  Because we are separated from God, we not only go to hell--we live in hell in our daily lives.

1 comment:

Laura said...

I heard David Ring once say, "Most people miss heaven by 18 inches. The distance from their head to their heart."