Monday, February 20, 2012

#55 - Art of Living

Åґ☂ ◎ḟ ʟ☤√ḯη❡ #55: "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." (John 17:3).

All the religions in this world have their own definition about after-life. Most religions say that those who do good will get a heavenly life after death, those who do wrong will get a hellish life after death. But none of these religions could say and point out that man in his natural sinful state cannot ever go to heaven as it is a perfect place of holiness and purity. But the God of the Bible showed Himself up as a man in Christ Jesus and said, " 23 ..., “You [humans] are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world [system of governance in your sinful state]; I am not of this world. 24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He [i.e. your Lord and Saviour], you will die in your sins.”" (John 8:23-24). Jesus is the only person who had pointed out that man in his natural sinful state will die in their sins if they do not believe Him [i.e. Jesus the Christ] as their Saviour and Lord.

Still today in our world more than ever, people have this question, 'How can I go to heaven?' The clearest answer to this intriguing question till date has been given by Jesus who said, "This is how people can have enter heaven and continue to live without dying, that is through knowing the only true God who owns the heaven and have allowed man to live on earth (Psa 50:12; 24:1; 115:16), and through Jesus Christ whom He has sent to save people like us from their sins." (John 17:3, Paraphrased). So relationship with the true God of the heaven is the only route to enter heaven and live the after-life in heaven.

The good news of the Gospel is so amazing to comprehend. The relationship with God which was impossible to establish by human efforts because of innate sinfulness during the Old Testament days for nearly 4000 BC years, has now for the last 2000 years have been made possible to every human being through believing Jesus. The Bible simply says, "9 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. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Rom 10:9-10). To get in to heaven is so simple now as we see in the above verses, if we confess Jesus as our Lord and believe in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead for our justification from sins [i.e. freed and forgiven of all our past, present and future sins because of God's substitution of Jesus on behalf of us to die for our sins (2 Cor 5:18, 21)], the moment we do this we are assured of a place in heaven because God becomes a friend from that moment of time (1 Cor 15:3-4, 17; Rom 4:25; Eph 2:13; James 2:23). Once we believe in Jesus, we are washed clean and justified in Jesus. Then simply God sees us as though we have never sinned. Then every time we have some burden of dificulties, sin or trials, we can go boldly to this perfect and holy God, and can commune with Him having a clear conscience of being forgiven of all our past, present and future sins by faith in Jesus. The good things is, this is all ordained and arranged by this only true God who has loved us and wanted us to be in heaven with Him forever (John 3:16). DON'T PLAY RELIGION WHICH SAVES NO ONE, PURSUE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WHICH NOT ONLY SAVES YOU ETERNALLY AND SECURES A PLACE IN HEAVEN, BUT ALSO MAKES YOU A FAVOURED FRIEND OF GOD. This is the reason the Psalmist Asaph wrote, "Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You." (Psa 73:25). In others words, the psalmist was saying that if we do not desire God on earth now, what is the use of going to heaven where only God will be the central focus of happiness and joy for eternity. So the bottom line is, all those who pursue a relationship with God through Jesus Christ now will live for eternity in the heavenly bliss of joy, peace and righteousness in God's Presence which will comes in to one's heart now and will continue in heaven in their afterlife.

muCH BLESsingS....

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