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To follow Christ is to walk by faith,
always mindful we live to please our Lord, and be profitable to Him. Each of us, at a time known by God when we believed,
receives eternal security, being "born again", and the coming of The Lord For His Church is ever
anticipated, ever ingrained in us BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, according to the faithful teachings of the Apostles, as we
labor daily in full expectation that whether in the body or not, we shall all be reunited one glorious day at His mighty
2 Corinthians 5:1
"1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God,
an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."
"For we know..." How do we "KNOW"?
The Spirit of God makes it real to us. And God has stored up for us a "new" body "eternal in the heavens". Today we are here
in a perishable "house". A frail little tent that can blow away in an instant if God so wills. We have both an
outward being and inward. That which is seen is falling away day by day. That which is within is being renewed by the Spirit.
If we should pass, the body goes into the grave, but the inward man, OUR SOUL/SPIRIT will
have gone to be with Christ, IF we believe!
The inward man is spiritual. God is a Spirit.
And we who worship Him do so in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). We have a house eternal in the heavens. This body of
ours is sown a natural body, but it will be raised one day a spiritual body. He is going to give us a new body on that
day when He calls US and we are Home.
2 Corinthians 5:2
"2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:"
We are not naked here. Not without His
righteousness which dwells in us. Thus we are clothed in His being. This condition is never in a state of jeopardy. And if
we are "sleeping"(dead in body) this state will follow us up.
"25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification."
But the lost will not have His righteousness,
and because they have rejected Him their time will come when they must stand before the Judgment seat of Christ clothed
only in their own self, without righteousness, nor excuse. The deeds of their lives, thoughts, etc will be read to them. They
will perish in The Lake of Fire. This is the judgment of the lost. This is the "Second Death".
But there is a judgment seat in
heaven that we will come before, not for condemnation but for rewards if so be as a result of a faithful life lived in Him.
And this will be a time that all our life from the time of salvation to the time we die will be gone over.
"5 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of
the dead, both of the just and unjust."
"29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have
done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation."( The Great White Throne judgment of Rev.20:11-15).
"11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven
fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and
another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the
books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead
which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
We will stand before Him one day. Either
in His righteousness or that which is not righteous in us. We need to be accepted in the beloved. There is only one way
Now the bible speaks of different types
1. The judgment
Christ bore on the cross. Because of this we can say Amen to:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life,
and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."
2. There is self judgment:
1 Corinthians 11:31
For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged."
3.There is the chastisement
of God for the believer. He will "take us to the woodshed".
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth."
Such is the wise believer who will take
it and grow on it, rather then rebel and deny.
4. The works of a
believer will be judged.
2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body,
according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
This is for believers only! It is
the "bema" seat of Christ. It is not a judgment of the believer's sins, WHICH CHRIST FULLY ATONED FOR
ON THE CROSS. The judgment is to see whether we receive a reward or not. All believers have their
name written in The Book of Life.
When Paul says, "We must all appear" he
is writing to believers. All we will be judged, that we may receive the things done in the body. Judged on how we lived our
Christian life, how we lived in these bodies down here. When we go before His presence the question He will ask us is how
we used these bodies. How did we live down here?
IF WE WERE ALL SINLESS SUPER DUPER
SAINTS AND NOT A "BUT" WOULD THIS BE NECESSARY? I THINK NOT! WE ALL ARRIVE HOME BUT EACH
WITH DETAILS OF OUR LIVES WAITING. YET WE STRIVE TO FINISH THIS RACE IN FAITH, NOT HIS PERFECTION.
THAT, WE RECEIVE WHEN HE CALLS AND WE ARE MADE AN ETERNAL BEING IN HIS HOUSE OF FOREVER MORE!
Paul faces this question when he writes
to the Philippians.
In 1:21 he tells us:
"For to me to live
is Christ, and to die is gain."
Then he talks of his desire to go
to be with Christ but also of his desire to live longer so he can minister to the Philippians. He wants to stay so he
can minister to them a little longer. Some of us have had this experience when circumstances put us at the doorway of death.
We like Paul want to stay to magnify Christ in our body that we might be accepted of Him and receive the
reward of a CROWN (S). Then when we come before Him, He will be able to say, "Well done my good and faithful servant".
Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are
made manifest in your consciences."
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding."
One of the problems of the watered down
Gospel of today is the failure of preaching, in Spirit, the fear of the Lord!
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."
We need to preach Hell!
There is no greater truth but that men will be bound for that eternal separation from God unless they repent of their sins
believing that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior and that He is the only way out of the payment of that FINAL BILL He covers
for them, or they must account for "still in their sins!" And WE are going to be held accountable if we forgo this truth,
for Jesus came to save THE LOST. And falling into the hands of the living God, lost, is a fearful thing, my beloved, for only
judgment lies ahead, not grace.
We do NOT strive after popularity! We
strive for the truth. And neither should we strive in harshness and disdain, but gently in the love of Christ for all humans.
In this we are not commending ourselves, like political hacks seeking office, or crowd pleasing ministers singing "glory hallelujah",
self seeking for their little balance sheet that will burn up, but as bond servants who KNOW the fear of the Lord and
are wise to serve Him in truth...HIS TRUTH.
2 Corinthians 5:12
For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat
to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart."
And not being
crowd pleasers we may, indeed, be considered crazy, as some of us also have experienced, PRAISE GOD!
2 Corinthians 5:13
For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause."
It is the love of Christ that we know
so well that constrains us, PUSHES US OUT, to give out the word of God. Mankind is UNDER JUDGMENT AND A DEATH SENTENCE HANGS
OVER IT'S HEAD!
"16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day
that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
You and I
have been born into a family of death! ALL mankind is under a sentence of death. In Psalm 23:4 David is not referring to the
END OF LIFE but to all of life that is like walking down a great avenue of death, until finally we must go through it's
"4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear
no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
"14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one
died for all, then were all dead:
15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves,
but unto him which died for them, and rose again."
are wise in Spirit we know men differently then from their flesh, their worldly credentials. And our lives are a testament
to His Glory, His meaning which brought Him here to die for this lost world. Being now changed, led by The Spirit, and educated
as well, we look upon this world differently.
IS AN EMERGENCY CASE OF LIVE THROUGH CHRIST OR ETERNALLY DIE A SECOND DEATH BY ONES OWN SELF!
"16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have
known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more."
died with Christ and risen with Him and are NOW IN CHRIST in the heavenlies where He is glorified at God's right hand side
interceding for our sin's and the sins of the rest of the world UNTIL HE STEPS OUT IN JUDGMENT! And then THE END!
"17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation):
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (my add)
you unsure? Still thinking HE HAS NOT FINISHED WITH THE ISSUE OF YOUR SALVATION? ARE YOU
STILL LISTENING TO THE "BUT" GANG!!!
"24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent
me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto
CONSTRAINS US TO SERVE FOR HIS SAKE AND THE LIVES OF THOSE HE LOVES WHO ARE THE LOST.
"20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you
in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness
of God in him."
Christ took our place down here. He, who knew NO SIN, came that we might be made the righteousness
of God in Him. He has given us His place, clothed us in His righteousness. He took our hell down here so that we HAVE His
heaven up there where He is. HE DID THAT FOR US!
May God bless
the reading of His word.