Tag Archive | eternal future

Ezekiel 33:11 ” Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’ “

God does not desire nor does He delight in the eternal damnation of the wicked.  He has given all of us a free will to chose our own actions and behaviors, but in this verse God is imploring us to reconsider our choices…and sadly, the consequences that come along with them.

Proverbs 10:16 ” The wages of the righteous bring them life, but the income of the wicked brings them punishment.”

When children are little and they disobey out of ignorance…there’s some wiggle room for correction.  Usually, just enlightening them with clear instructions will alleviate further problems.  But when there’s willful disobedience on their part…that’s when a serious discussion of the consequences of their wrongdoing is in order.  Our Heavenly Father desires us to be obedient children…not only because He commands it but for our eternal benefit.  For Proverbs 11:18 says, “He who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.”  When we pursue doing the right thing, we not only receive the gift of salvation, but we are showered with God’s infinite grace and mercy.

Ephesians 1: 13-14 ” And you also were included in Christ when you heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of His glory.”

The Holy Spirit is God’s pledge, providing Believers with the assurance of eternal life.  In legal terms, the Holy Spirit is like a down payment or earnest money that secures a claim to something…like when we’re buying a car or a house.  For when we put our faith and trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within…thus sealing us for eternity through the redemptive work of the Lord.

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’s gracious gift of salvation is for everyone…for He wants all to be saved.( I Timothy 2:4)  But we shouldn’t take His slowness in judgement as a sign of weakness, indecision, or wavering…but rather as long-suffering.  For it’s only by God’s kindness, tolerance, and patience is He willing to give all of us the time to change our minds and repent.

John 6: 32-33 ” Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ “

There’s nothing like a fresh, hot loaf of homemade bread just out of the oven.  The wonderful smell fills the kitchen and my husband is usually there waiting patiently…butter knife in hand.  But what happens to that homemade bread in a few days?  What satisfies our hunger for a few days suddenly becomes moldy and uneatable.  And that’s the biggest difference between natural and spiritual bread.  Natural bread has a short shelf-life…but spiritual bread is eternal.  Natural bread will never totally fill you up…you’ll keep getting hungry, while spiritual bread lasts forever.  That’s why Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)

Romans 6:4 ” We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

This new life that Paul speaks of – is taking off the old and putting on our new self.  But for many of us, this is a painful, almost impossible struggle.  For when doubt and fear have our minds so conditioned, anything that’s new or requires us to be bold, will be met with resistance.  We want to change, but fear has us so bound up – we can’t.   And so we wrestle with God.  But wrestling with God is a good thing.  For God isn’t our opponent, it’s rather our old self and fear we’re battling against .  And as long as we continue to grapple with God,  we’re still engaged and interacting with Him…and hopefully listening along the way.   In Genesis 32:28, after Jacob and the Lord had wrestled all night, God gave Jacob a new name.  And God has a new name for you too, but it involves the renewing of your mind.  It means taking on a new self-perception of who you are in Christ…and then accepting that daily restoration of your inner strength…so that you may be victorious over doubt and fear.

Psalm 60:11 ” Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless.”

Psalm 146:3 puts it another way, “Don’t put your trust in mortal men who cannot save.”  Anytime we put more confidence in another human being rather than God…we’re headed for trouble.  For no matter how powerful, charismatic, or appealing someone is…they’re still a mortal being…full of a fallen nature just like us.   So we need to be very careful not to get sucked into worshiping man… and not God.  For no man can offer us deliverance from sin and eternal salvation.  Only God can do that through His Son Jesus Christ.