When Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they fell from the grace of God. Their eyes were opened to the existence of sin and they chose to follow it instead of God. Ever since that day, every person ever born has been given that same choice and sadly, the majority choose to sin. Then, 2000 years ago, God’s grace was poured out as His only Son Jesus was nailed to the cross to pay the debt for our sins. Now we have a choice again, to serve sin or God. So, what are you doing with God’s grace?
So many people don’t want to think seriously about God right now. Some will do it later when they’re older and retired. Others don’t want to make a commitment because their life is just too good to have to give up. Still, others can’t analyze it in their mind and so they don’t accept that God or Jesus or salvation is even real. But the truth is that we all have to choose and to not accept Jesus means that you accept the world.
- And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”—Joshua 24:15
This world is spiraling towards judgment and the sin, sickness, and immorality that we have to endure every day are beginning to take a toll on everyone. It grieves God to see His children suffering because of sin. But He has a plan that will end it all.
- For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.—John 3:16
God loves everyone, and He knows that if we could break away from the bondage of sin, we would be happy and free. So, He sent Jesus to rescue us! Now we have the opportunity to turn from the world and hide in the arms of God. It’s called grace. God gave it to everyone—but not everyone wants it.
And contrary to popular fake-Christian belief, we have not been given an automatic ticket to the pearly gates. Salvation was given to everyone, but only those who accept it will be forgiven of their sins and will spend eternity with Jesus. We need to choose.
- Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’—Matthew 22:13
The people in the world are living their life now and will continue when they die as they live without Jesus. Eternity for Christians begins the second we are saved. We are put on the narrow path that follows Jesus, and we have God’s Spirit in us who will guide us down that path. We have been born again. We are saved.
What are we saved from? According to John 3:16 we are saved from perishing! To perish means to be absent from God, to disappear from His presence. As evil as sin is on this earth, God’s presence is still here and there is a comfort that surrounds everyone that the world can’t see or explain. But once God’s presence is gone, they will be alone with the darkest of evil throughout eternity.
You can’t put salvation off until later as there may not be a later for you. Remember the rich fool in Luke 12:16-20? He put it off and died that night without God. You don’t want to follow his example.
God’s Spirit came to earth and lived in the body of Jesus so that Jesus could take upon Himself all of our sins on the cross. Just before He died, Jesus called out, “Why have you forsaken me?” God had to leave, otherwise, when Jesus died He would have gone right back to Heaven because He had no sin to take Him down. So didn’t Jesus realize that God would leave Him? Why did He cry out when He knew that He had to die?
Let’s go back to John 3:16, “…that whoever believes in Him should not perish.” When we believe that Jesus is our Savior, we are reborn, filled with God’s Spirit so we can live with Him forever. But when people of the world die, they will perish! Their bodies will die and be buried, but their souls will live on forever. And this “forever” is torment because they will be absent from God’s presence throughout eternity. So Jesus cried because He felt God leave Him. He knew that He was about to be sent into this eternity without God, and He had never been without God’s presence before.
Jesus was faithful and God rose Him from the dead and gave Him the greatest position of all. Jesus is our Messiah, and He will reign as King forever! Praise the name of Jesus!
The opportunity of grace was given to everyone, but only those who accept it will live in it. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2 that today is the day of salvation. What are you doing with God’s grace today?
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Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed day…ronnie.