Monday, February 27, 2017

Surprise!

I personally think that most people like surprises. However, I have heard a few people, like Oprah Winfrey state that they do not like surprises. I am inclined to believe that what she is really saying is, “I don’t like surprises that might turn out to inconvenient, disappointing or costly”, but if the surprise was good, I mean really good; something she had been hoping for or dreaming about – she would like it.

However, the surprise to which I am referring, is not a good surprise, if you have not accepted Jesus as your savior, and not been baptized into a Christian congregation - for this surprise is the second coming of Christ!

So, how did we get there? I promised in this post that I would speak directly to persons who were not yet Christians. The reason for this is so that they can make an intelligent decision, as to whether they wish to live a Christian life, in love with Christ and with full anticipation of His coming; or whether they wanted to continue doing their own thing.

“…Fear God and keep His commandments, for the HOUR OF HIS JUDGMENT IS COME!” Revelation 14:6

This judgment is a “pre-advent judgment”, which involves God’s decision making process regarding, whether or not, those who have once made a decision to walk with Him, in the Christian experience, will be saved or lost; because contrary to the beliefs of many, even though you once decided to follow Christ, does not mean that you will always follow Him. It is a daily decision to keep following Him, on a regular basis. Luke 9:23

And whereas we talked about judgment beginning at the house of God (I Peter 4:17), those who do not make a conscious decision to follow Him, will make an unconscious decision to fight against Him. In doing that, you will declare yourself an enemy of God and the declaration from heaven will be as follows:

He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which [that] is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is -righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.  Revelation 22:11-12 KJV Translation

Jesus has no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11). He desires to save every man, woman and child. However, He cannot do that without your consent. Here is what John, the Revelator, says about Jesus’ approach to humankind.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20 KJV Translation

John is here describing the heart of the sinner; the door is a metaphor for your heart and the latch is on the inside. If you’ll take off the latch and open the door, Jesus will enter your heart and bring you the blessings of heaven, coupled with salvation.

Keep reading – I will finish the beauty of this experience in the next post. Until then, I urge you to give it serious thought. Bye