|Victory in Jesus|
See what is in store for us if we do “find” the way.
You see here a new heaven and a new earth, a new Jerusalem, the Holy City, and the “Alpha and Omega, who is the Lord and God,Jesus Christ.You also see an existence for those who inhabit this place that is without pain, mourning, tears, death or anything bad. It is eternal life as life was meant to be – a life of joy, peace, security, vigor, and constantly replenished by the water of life. Can you be one that overcomes and inherit these things?
How do we attain to this place? It will not be by the Roman Church’s sacraments, goddesses, or “godlets” (saints), their relics or the images (idols) that represent their god, goddess, and godlets. Dependence upon these things will only destine you for the Lake of Fire. Nor will indulgences or absolution by a priest, bishop, cardinal or pope get you there.
The way to the New Jerusalem is through faith in Christ,and faith in Christ alone. Let me say it again: there is nothing that can get you into the new heaven and new earth except faith in the atoning work of Christ.
This is the Christ that we must believe in. We must believe in Him as our Lord and as our Savior.The Book of Romans says:
Remember the news release from the current pope, claiming that the Roman Church is the sole source of salvation. He is wrong! You cannot be saved by the dogma, liturgy, or sacraments of the Roman Church. Believe them and you will find yourself deceived into eternal destruction.
Sola Scriptura, Sola Fidae, Sola Christus was the cry of the Protestants in the 16th century. These Latin words mean only Scripture, and only faith.The only source of the truth of God as relates to salvation is the Scriptures, the Word of the Living God. The only path to salvation is faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ. This faith results in your regeneration, the New Birth, wherein the Spirit of God takes up residence in your life.
The New Birth is permanent because you are a new you, born into the family of God, a brother/sister to Christ.You cannot be unborn. From the point of your new birth to the point that God brings you home, you are being sanctified. God, through His Word, and His discipline, will make you perfect. There is absolutely no uncertainty about this. It is God’s will that it will happen. There is no purgatory. If God calls you home, you will be absent from the body, but instantaneously in the presence of the Lord.Think of this – it is blessed assurance!
Is this something that you want? Do you want eternal life in the presence of the Lord? You can have it, it is free to you, and the Lord Jesus paid the supreme price for it. I can remember the struggle that I went through. I finally prayed to the Lord and told Him of my struggle. I told Him that what I had been told, what I had read, I wanted, but was having trouble with believing. I had no problem with admitting my sinfulness, just trouble believing that all this was real. So I asked the Lord to help me with my unbelief, and He did. He sent the Holy Spirit into my heart and gave me a new one.
As I write this the year is 2008. It was thirty-six years ago that my eternal life began. It was thirty-six years ago that the Lord took control and began to change me. It was thirty-six years ago that I gained the Blessed Hope.What about you?
You can have the Blessed Hope. Just tell God that you know you are a sinner, that you know you deserve His punishment for your sin, that you know that the wages of sin is death.Tell Him you do not want to pay that price and wish to cast yourself on the atoning sacrifice of Christ, that you believe Christ died for you and that you want to place your faith in Him. Ask God for help in this. It is between you and Him.You do not need a priest for this. Christ is your high priest and He will intercede for you. The newness of your eternal life begins at the instant of your faith.
It is my hope that we meet in heaven as part of that victorious crowd and not the one that shuffles forward for judgment.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16