Tag Archive | eternal future

Matthew 16:26 ” What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? “

For many, they’re playing a version of the old game show, “Lets Make a Deal” with God.  They’re bartering “good works and deeds” in hopes it will get them a free pass into heaven.  Or they’re pinning their eternal hope on the shirt-tails of a Believing Grandparent.  Neither will work…for there is no earthly commodity that exists that’s a fair exchange for our soul.  We can’t trade anything we have for the free gift of salvation Jesus offers us…and no amount of good deeds will get us any closer to heaven.  So the answer to the question, “What can a man give in exchange for his soul?” is simple…there is nothing.

Matthew 16:25 ” For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it.”

It tells us in John 12:25 that, “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”   Everyday is a struggle, where our affections are pulled one way or the other.  The glitter and lure of the world is great, with its promises of immediate gratification and unending ecstasy.  But the cold hard truth is that our excessive fondness for things of the world will only  lead us down a path to self-destruction and death.  For the world tells us to live today to the fullest… to eat, drink, and be merry, with no regard for tomorrow.   But the Lord tells us that there is life beyond the grave, and that the world is blinding us from this truth.   If  I want to save my life, I must lose it in the person of Jesus Christ…I must turn my focus and  affections from the temporal to the eternal…from the fleeting to the everlasting.

II Peter 3:9 ” The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

God is not hesitating out of uncertainty…it’s not from indecision either that He has held off judging the world.  No, it’s because of the Lord’s long-suffering grace and mercy that He delays the Judgment Day.   For in  I Timothy 2:4 it tells us, “God our Savior, Who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”   Our Lord wants no one to perish, but all to come to the saving reality of Jesus Christ…but neither will God wait forever.

Acts 8:36 ” As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?’ “

Philip, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, had found a Ethiopian eunuch traveling the road between Jerusalem and Gaza.  The eunuch was reading the book of Isaiah, but was perplexed, so Philip started with that scripture, (Isaiah 53:7-8) and explained to the eunuch the good news of Jesus.  Later as they traveled together, they came upon some water and it’s here the eunuch asks, “Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”  Now in some late manuscripts verse 37 is added which says, “Philip said, ‘If you believe with all your heart, you may.’  The eunuch answered, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ ”  Baptism is the public demonstration of a personal decision…it symbolizes spiritual renewal, forgiveness of sins, adoption by God and eternal life.  If you are a Believer but have never been baptized…ask yourself the same question the eunuch did, “Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”

John 1:10 ” He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.”

I think as Believers,  we all smugly think that if we had lived during Biblical times and had witnessed the miracles and teachings of Jesus…we would of immediately realized He was the Messiah.  But would we?  Humanity saw Him as just another man…indeed, a good man who taught with unheard of authority and passion, but still just a flesh and blood human like the rest of us.  Would we have been  able to recognize  His divinity…when the incarnate Jesus Christ…the embodiment of God took on human form and lived among us?  I would hope and pray so.

Hebrews 9:12 ” He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.”

You have been redeemed!  Your debt of sin has been cleared off the books forever…your freedom purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ.  But Jesus didn’t have to die over and over a multitude of times to atone for your sins… rather, He came and gave His life once for all in order that you may have eternal life.  Yes, you have been redeemed!

Acts 4:12 ” Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

There’s no other name, but Jesus.  There’s no other way,  but through Him.  There’s no other person, thing or place that can give you eternal deliverance from God’s wrath and  hell.  I Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself as a ransom for all men -”  Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the price  for your sins… in order that you may have eternal life.  Yes, there’s no other name, but Jesus.