Saturday, January 22, 2011

Are you going to Heaven?

Jesus said in John 3:3 that unless we are born-again, born of the Spirit, we will not go to Heaven.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Paul makes the point that those that “walk” in The Spirit are not condemned:
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Paul further demonstrates another “trail marker” to indicate whether we are born-again or not:
Rom 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
Paul also makes it clear that those that live according to the flesh will not inherit eternal life:
Rom 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Track through that for a minute:1)Jesus said you must be born-again, which means you need to be born of The Spirit

2)There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, which, on the flip side, means there is condemnation for those who are NOT in Christ Jesus

3)Those that are not in Christ Jesus, WALK in such a way that they are led by the flesh; they are led by the lusts of this world and selfish desires

4)Those that are in Christ Jesus, WALK in such a way that they are led by The Spirit; they are led by a desire to serve and please their Lord

5)What you set our mind on is an indicator of our Spiritual condition. Do you set your mind on the things of the flesh, or the things of God?

6)The condition of your heart, as indicated by the way you think and live, will determine whether you are facing eternal death or eternal life

2Corinthians 5:5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

2Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

So what is our goal:2Corinthians 5:9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
We will ALL appear before the Judgment seat of Christ!
2Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Side note: Who's Judgment Seat? CHRISTS! Hypothetically speaking; if it was your judgment seat, how would you respond to those that openly rejected your free gift and profaned your name?
When you are born again, you know the wrath that awaits the sons of disobedience:
Colossians 3:6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,
That is what persuades us to share The Truth:
2Corinthians 5:11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.
Last little test of the day to determine whether we are born-again. We already discussed what life looks like IN CHRIST and NOT IN CHRIST. When we are IN CHRIST, when WE ARE SAVED, we are different than we used to be. Something happens from within that gives us a new heart with new desires. We dare not say, “I've been a Christian my whole life”....until God's Spirit is given complete surrender and transforms you, you are not born-again. So, are you different?
2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

In 1 Corinthians 5, Paul tracks through this again in a little different way, but the same points are made:
Those born-again will earnestly desire Heavenly thoughts, words and action:
2Corinthians 5:2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,
God is preparing us and transforming us to stand fast in our faith in Him; and as we seen before, He has given us His Holy Spirit as a guarantee that He who has started a good work in us, will complete it:
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

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