Thursday, June 12, 2008

Heaven or Hell

Today I'm continuing my study of Hebrews, and I'm taking passages from Chapter 2: 11 - 18

"Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says, ' I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises'.

And again, ' I will put my trust in him'. And again he says, ' Here am I, and the children God has given me'. Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death - that is, the devil - and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abrahams' descendents. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted".

This sums up the whole purpose of Christ Jesus coming to earth. He came to save us all from the chains of slavery to sin, and the consequences of sin - death being the final penalty. We are all going to die physically, but we will live on for all eternity.

The question is: WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY? Heaven and hell are real places, and God doesn't "send" anyone to hell, but gives us each the choice to make for ourselves. We can put our trust in Jesus to be our Lord and Savior, and once we leave this earth, we will live forever with him in all his glory. Jesus spoke of hell, the torment that will go on for all eternity to those who have chosen not to be one of his brothers, his children. He said, "Those who are not with me are against me".

In 2 Peter 3:9 it says, " 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".
I'm sure at some point in your life, you have been posed with the choice of giving your life over to Christ, and your answer has been, "I'm not ready for that yet", "I'll do it another day". God has been patient in waiting for you to choose to receive his gift of salvation, but we are never promised tomorrow - today might be the day that your life on earth is done. Don't wait any longer - take the step today to get real with God and tell him that you need him to reveal himself to you so you can once and for all know that when your life on earth is over, you will go through the gates of heaven into his presence. Let today be the day that you make the decision as to where you will spend eternity. Trust God to change your life while you are here, and to have the hope of living in glory forever and ever.

Have a very blessed day and if you make the decision to be part of the family of God today - WELCOME to the family! :)


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