Why be good in this life?

Why can’t we just accept Jesus, live as we like and when we die we are automatically part of God’s eternal Kingdom and become citizens in the new heaven and earth?  It is because of the following verse, 

‘He [God] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He loves….’  Colossians 1:13a

People saved by Jesus already live as citizens of the Kingdom.  Jesus explained that the Kingdom is still invisible in this life.  

‘…the Kingdom of God is within you.’  Luke 17:21b  

It is in the age to come that it will be visible but God’s standard remains the same, 

‘…without holiness no one will see the Lord.’  Hebrews 12:14b

One can claim to be a follower of Jesus and invade a country and cause the deaths of thousands or be a leader and promote what God hates.  Yet all people will appear before the Judge, Jesus Christ, and His judgment will be fair.  He will not give preferential treatment however high and mighty you are.

‘…each person was judged according to what he had done.’  Revelation 20:13b

Universalism, Part 2

Universalism, the effort to delete hell, means that there is no need for the Bible.  If all people are saved, what is the use of the Bible, churches, pastors or theologians?  Then all people live, die and are with God eternally.  Why did God then give us Scripture?  Universalism deletes the necessity for it.  Yet we still have the Bible, which tells us, universalism is a lie.  

The Word of God reveals what life is about.  It is about the eternal Kingdom of God that is open to all people.  Yet entrance asks for action, 

‘Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.’ Luke 13:24

Also, the Word of God warns against deceptive teachings,   

‘Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing from in the faith….’  1 Peter 5:8-9a 

We can only do that through Jesus, our precious Bridegroom, who through His eternal Victory on the Cross and by His Resurrection, received from the Father all authority in heaven and earth. 

We do as God does, Part 3

God, in His glorious love, explained His ways and His Kingdom to us in the Bible in a way we can understand.  In physical, every day life we do many of the same things we find in the Bible (see We do as God does, Part 1 and We do as God does, Part 2).  For example,

#  Entrance or Immigration Requirements

  • When we want to work for a desirable company, join an elite force or immigrate to another country, we have to fulfill certain requirements.  
  • Similarly we cannot just walk into God’s Kingdom.  There are entrance requirements to pass out of the kingdom of darkness into God’s Kingdom of Light (from the broad road onto the narrow road).  We need to repent (confess our sins), to believe in Jesus (accept His forgiveness), to be baptized in water (a symbol that we bury the old life to live the new life), and to receive the Holy Spirit.  

#  Personal Trainer

  • Often people will get a life coach, gym instructor or some other advisor.  
  • God gives to everyone in His Kingdom a personal Instructor who is with and in each of His children 24/7 to prepare us for life with Him.  It is the Holy Spirit, our Teacher, Guide and Comforter. 

There truly is little in the Bible that we are not familiar with.

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