|•What Do I Lack? What Do I Need to Please God? How Can I Be Sure I'm Going to Heaven?|
I just finished two articles about the Gospel Road being 'the road less traveled,' and also about the fact that it is belief in gospel truth that will judge us in judgment - not our sin. Those articles will be on The Gospel Coach website after Thanksgiving.
What I want to talk about here is pleasing God to the extent where you know for certain you are going to heaven, and the fact that you don't lack anything.
THE RICH YOUNG RULER SYNDROME
Jesus told the story about the rich young ruler....
•It Is The Gospel Truth That Will Judge Us In Eternity. It Will Not Be Sin That Judges Us.
Gospel truth is contrary to everything we've ever heard, especially if we've listened to instructors in Christ, who preach 10,000 different humanistic theologies (I Cor 4:15). The gospel is a stand-alone. There is nothing else that has any other term of comparison. The gospel is what makes Christianity truly unique. Without it there is no real Christianity.
A PRINCIPLE-BEHAVIOR BASED LIFE
If you live a principle-based, behavior-focused life, your mind does not have a clue what to do with...
•The Gospel Road Is The Road Less Traveled: It Seems Unbelievable To Our Reasoning Minds
In Romans 1:1, the Apostle Paul says he was separated unto the gospel only. He says we should copy him, and model after him, so we should be separated unto the gospel too.
But the truth is, most Christians are not separated unto the gospel, and are not totally absorbed in it. Jesus says to repent from all other beliefs and believe the gospel only (Mark 1:15). With this as his very first command, why don't we do this? It was undoubtedly the most important thing on his mind and in his heart for...
•How To Live in Health God's New Testament Gospel Way: "As A Man Thinks In His Heart, So Is He"
There are probably more controversial opinions in the medical profession than anyplace else. Different doctors and research clinics say different things. And not only this, if you follow what they say, they change what they say every 5 years or so. It's all very confusing. What used to be dangerous is now said to be healthy - what used to be healthy we now need to watch.
There is an old statement I recall seeing: "What used to be compulsory will soon be prohibited." This can be applied to the...
•What Part Does the Law Play Today? Are We Held Liable To God If We Don't Obey It?
The church is often focused on Christian responsibility. This is part of the problem with the church. It has largely become just another humanistic religion focused on all that we should do, and shouldn't do to be good enough, sometimes by divine standards, but usually by human standards.
Today I want to show you a much greater way to live! It is in knowing that you are free from liability, so you can live life being a more responsible person!
LIVING THE GOSPEL LIFE OF CHRISTIANITY
•God's Love Is A Gift That Just Keeps on Multiplying and Giving (Love of God Series)
One of the many gifts we have been given is what Adam and Eve sought after: to become like God-- to be equal with him.
This allows us to live in God and to receive his generous incomprehensible love. Living by any other means, especially in any degree of law, does not allow us to experience his love. This is because it produces condemnation and guilt in us, and love can't truly be experienced if we live in a mindset of guilt and condemnation.
And as we've seen, most Christians still try to...
•Knowing God's Love Gives Us Boldness At The Judgment Seat of Christ: We Have Peace, Not Fear
Have you ever thought about loving God? Have you ever thought about whether you truly love him or not, or perhaps just revere him, or hold him in divine high regard?
If you are honest, and think about it, you see it's very hard to truly love a God who is so far above you that you couldn't reach him with a spaceship. He's a God who keeps a little black book, and sits in judgment upon us, and as Paul says, we must all stand before his judgment seat. It's hard to love a God this awesome.
•Loving Others Only Works In An Attitude of "All Men Are Created Equal" (God's Love Series)
We all live life in earthly, worldly dimensions, thoughts and attitudes. When we do so, this can really disempower us spiritually.
Paul says not to compare spiritual things to natural things.
When we try to live a spiritual life in God in a worldly or humanistic or natural fashion, it just does not work. The way we live life on earth can't be applied to God's Kingdom.
LIFE IN THE WORLD CREATES CLASSES AND CATEGORIES
Have you ever thought about how we think about ourselves and other people?...
•Correct Belief Produces Good Behavior! What Does Good Behavior Produce? (Love of God Series)
We live in a very visual world. Paul says to talk by faith, not by sight, but most Christians walk by sight, not by faith. Good and bad behavior is observable, much more than correct belief can be seen and observed.
We can have correct belief and still have bad behavior -- or we can have incorrect belief and exhibit good behavior. We tend to look at behavior, but God looks at belief in the heart: "The Lord does not see as a man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks...
•Belief in the Gospel Empowers Us to Love God and to Love Others As the Bible Tells Us to Do
So much is said today about love, and the fact that loving God, and loving others is the one, supreme command of Jesus. This being true, we must do it well, right?
So much of the concept of love is born out of the law, and initiates in mankind, or what the Bible refers to as flesh. Jesus is quoted as saying that WE must love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and WE must love others as ourselves. As we saw, Jesus was merely quoting from the law, which the lawyer had asked him a...
•The Apostle Paul's Proclamation of Our Declaration of Independence and Our New Constitution
I don't know if you've ever thought about Paul's letter to the Galatians like this or not: as our spiritual "Declaration of Independence" and our "New Constitution." This should especially speak to us living in the U.S.A., because this is what our founding fathers did for us back in 1776, and thereafter.
Of the books Paul wrote, I think that Romans and Hebrews are the most profound. Some doubt Paul's authorship of Hebrews, but many, many agree it must have been Paul because it contains his...
•Painting A Picture of Heaven: Transition from Physical Death to Eternal Life In Heaven
There are not a lot of books and sermons that cover the topic of heaven. I really don't know why, because the Bible is full of information about heaven. Some of it is subjective, and not objectively stated, It must be mined, thought about, and extracted.
Proverbs 25:2 says, "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter." Who are kings? The New Testament calls us priests and kings.
But without getting into human fantasy as I have seen some...
•Talking to God: Healing Prayer, Miracle Prayer, Prayer Requests, and Intercessory Prayer
Too often, we only use prayer when we're in a state of need - often a desperate state of need. We pray a healing prayer if we need healing. We pray a miracle prayer if se need a miracle. We send up prayer requests for anything including 'traveling mercies,' and 'unspoken prayer requests.'
When we prayer for ourselves it is commonly called petition. When we pray for others it is called intercession. It's common for us to pray for both ourselves and others.
THE MAIN PURPOSE OF PRAYER
•The Wisdom and Theology of Man Is Very Different from the Gospel: the Wisdom and Truth of God
The gospel of Christ is the wisdom of God, which is far different from the wisdom of man. From a religious perspective, the wisdom of man is theology: man's ideas and opinions of God. Paul says the gospel is the testimony and wisdom of God, otherwise called the truth of God.
The gospel of Jesus was given to us to 'transform our minds,' to use Paul's words: it was given to us to straighten out our thinking (Zig Ziglar calls it 'our stinking thinking'). The gospel might be said to be the will...
•The Gospel of Jesus Is the Reality of God - Often Opposing the Wisdom and Theology of Man
The mind of man could never have invented the gospel of Christ. First of all the gospel is too simple for most deep-thinking minds to grasp. Paul talks about 'the simplicity that is in Christ' (II Cor 11:3). The message that precedes this one is "The Wisdom and Theology of Man Is Very Different from the Gospel: the Wisdom and Truth of God." In there we saw that the ways of Jesus are actually easy.
If God really did create this world, and the universe, and us, - isn't it best to live by his...
•The New Testament Gospel Is the Means to Understanding the Old Testament Prophets
At times, we seem to think of the Old Testament as being totally separate from, and irrelevant to the New. But this is not true. Granted, as New Testament believers, we should begin with the New Testament gospel, because the cross is the cornerstone and foundation of all of God's history.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE OLD VS. THE NEW
But this does not mean to overlook the Old Testament. This means we should know the Old Testament, especially in light of comparing the Old and the New. The Apostle...
•Confession of Sin Was an Old Testament Religious Rite Changed in the New Testament Gospel (#2)
What you will discover in carefully studying the Old Testament is that confession of sin to God was a primary doctrine, especially in the book of Leviticus, but not only there. What you see when you look closely is that confession of sin to God was always linked to the sacrifice of an animal (see Lev 5:5, 16:20, and 26:40-42).
This is very important to understand. When the people would confess their sins to God, then the priest would lay his hands on the animal to be sacrificed, thereby...
•Why Do We Need the Gospel? Why Is It Called the Good News? Why Is It Called the Power of God?
The fact is that we see so little difference in Christianity today, as opposed to the world at large, that we often wonder what's to get excited about. The character of many Christians' lives are too often not profoundly touched by a born again (salvation) experience.
We Christians still display anger, judgment, lust, self-centeredness, and a lack of love. There is a lot of crime, divorce, abuse, addiction, financial failure and lack of honor in Christian lives - as well as among thieves. What...
•Christians Sadly Often Live Like the Old Testament Was Better Than Our Better New Testament
Hebrews 9:6-7 says that the priest went into the Holy of Holies once a YEAR for the sins of the people, taking the blood of animals to spread on the mercy seat to appease God. Today, the way most Christians live, the blood of Jesus is so insufficient that it doesn't even deal with our sins for a single DAY.
As I said last time, even Catholics governed by the rules of their church have it better than most protestant Christians do. They only confess sin once a week, while we confess our sins...
•Father God's Love Empowers Us If We Know He Loves Us Every Bit As Much As He Does His Son Jesus
All love comes through God to us. It does not originate in us, as we are sometimes led to believe through the law which tells us, "YOU love God with all your heart, mind soul and strength, and YOU love others as yourself."
This sounds really good and noble but it is impossible to live by.
WE CAN'T LOVE GOD WITH EVERYTHING WE HAVE IN US
We're just not capable of doing this as human beings. We're too fragmented, with too many things and people that are important to us. We can include God, but...
•End Time Theories and Future Speculations Are Becoming Redundantly Numerous (Part 2 of 2)
THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE
As we begin the second part of this two part article series, I'm not saying to shelve everything about end times, and to disregard it. I have been reading up on the Blood Moon Theory most recently. But I don't let it 'own' me or consume me.
Today is reality to me because of gospel truth!
We are meant to live for today, while balancing this with a respect for the future. I don't deny the future END OF TIME -- but I do deny most religious fantasy I hear about...
•(1) Land of Pride and Plenty
(1) Land of Pride and Plenty A LAWYER'S 'OPENING STATEMENT' (Yes, I am a lawyer). This is the FIRST of 39 articles. Each article is penned from the 39 lines of a thought provoking song I wrote. At the end of this message, I give an explanation about this series, and also the lines of the song. Collect all 39 to see a whole new dimension to life!
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We live in a world that is dynamic. It is so diverse, with so much opportunity, and so many options. We are all created equal, even...