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What Will You Do?

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.” (John 3:16-18 HCSB)

God loves us enough to warn us of the consequences of living a life apart from Him, and in His Sovereignty, He allows us to chose whether or not we will believe Him, or not.  With every choice we make we also choose the consequences that comes with that choice. So, what will you do?  It’s your choice…

 

Eternal Destiny

“But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 HCSB)

Wow! What a great lesson God has in store for us, today.  Jesus spoke a truth that we all need to hear and understand.  So lets look at the context in which He said what he said in today’s verse.

A wealthy young man, whose name is not mentioned, came up to Jesus and asked Him what He had to do to get to heaven.  Jesus told the young man to keep all the commandments.  The young man asked, “Which ones”, to which Jesus replied, “Do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honor your father and mother; and love your neighbor as yourself (all the moral law).”  Arrogantly, the young man told Jesus that he kept all those commandments and asked what else he had to do to get into heaven.  Then Jesus told the young man,

“If you want to be perfect,” Jesus said to him, “go, sell your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me (Matthew 19:21 HCSB).”

When the rich young man heard Jesus’ command he turned and walked away sad because he was very rich and did not want to give his riches up to follow Jesus.  To him, money was his god.  His faith and confidence was in his martial wealth, not in Jesus.

Then Jesus turns and says to His disciples:

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “I assure you: It will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven! Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:23-24 HCSB).”

Let me explain what this means.  It’s not because someone is rich that they cannot enter into heaven.  It is because they believe that money is the answer to all their problems and they hoard it.  Money has become their God, it’s what they live for every day.  When the disciples heard what Jesus said, they were astonished and confused, so they asked Jesus who, then, could be saved.  Jesus responded with today’s verse,

“But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26 HCSB).””

There are many thing that are out of our control, but there is nothing that’s out of God’s control.  The salvation of our souls is one of those things.  Money may be able to solve all kinds of problems, but our eternal destiny is one only God can solve, and He already did.

Our eternal destiny cannot be bought by any amount of money.   Our lives, our souls, are much more valuable to God than mere money.  There is no amount of money that can be printed by all the countries tries of the world that can equal the value of one life, one soul.

The salvation of our souls and destiny in heaven has already been bought and paid for in full.  God loved us so much that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die on a cross as full payment for our sins, thus forgiving our sins.  Jesus was then buried and three days later, He rose again from the dead in order to assure us eternal life in heaven.

Do you want to secure your place in heaven?  Here’s how God says it can be done:

1. Recognize that you’re a sinner and thank Him for sending Jesus, His only Son, to die on the cross in order to pay the ultimate price for your sin (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8) and raising Him from the dead in order to give you eternal life (John 3:16-18; John 11:25).
2. Tell Him that, at this moment, you willfully and intentionally choose to stop living your life in rebellion against Him and choose to start living your life as His disciple; that you commit to seeking Him, every day; following Him, every day; and that you will strive live in immediate, radical, costly obedience to Him and only Him, no matter the cost – even if it costs you your life (2 Corinthians 5:15; Romans 10:9-10). Then, do it.
This is the only way you can become God’s child (John 1:12) and experience the fullness of His love, goodness, joy, peace and perfect care. Do this right now!

If you didi this, please let me know in a comment below so that I can pray for you.

In Christ’s love,

Phil Covone

No Rejection!

“Everyone the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never cast out.” (John 6:37 HCSB)

There are those who misunderstand and misuse today’s verse.  Contrary to the beliefs of some, God does not force His will on us.  In His Sovereignty, God has chosen to give us free will to choose to believe in Him and trust Him, or not.  He does not create some people with the purpose of going to hell, and others to be saved from hell.  That would make Him and unjust God, which he is not.  God would never create anyone for the sole purpose of sending them to hell without giving them a chance to be saved from hell.  That’s why he speaks to all of us and draws us to Himself.  He wants us to be with Him and leads us to the One who can get us to Him, Jesus.

Here’s what Jesus is really teaching us in today’s verse:

  1. “Everyone the Father gives to Me will come to Me…” – this is the drawing of the Father, the hearing and learning from the Father about Jesus.  God’s opening of our eyes to the reality of our spiritual condition, which causes us to seek and call upon Jesus for Salvation.
  2. “and the one who comes to Me I will never cast out.” – the one who seek Jesus with all their heart will find Jesus, will be saved by Jesus, and will never be rejected by Jesus – their salvation can never be lost.

God, through the Apostle Paul said:

“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13 HCSB).”

Have you been rejecting God’s call upon you to come to Him?  Are you hearing Him calling you now?  Would you like to call upon Him and know that you are saved and have your place in heaven with Him for all eternity?  Here’s how God says you can do it:

1. Recognize that you’re a sinner and thank Him for sending Jesus, His only Son, to die on the cross in order to pay the ultimate price for your sin (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8), and raising Him from the dead in order to give you eternal life (John 3:16-18; John 11:25).
2. Tell Him that, at this moment, you willfully, willingly, and intentionally choose to stop living your life in rebellion against Him and choose to start living your life as His disciple; that you commit to seeking Him, every day; following Him, every day; and that you will strive, every day, to live in immediate, radical, costly obedience to Him and only Him, no matter the cost – even if it costs you your life (2 Corinthians 5:15; Romans 10:9-10). Then, do it.
This is the only way you can become God’s child (John 1:12) and experience the fullness of His love, goodness, joy, peace and perfect care. Do this right now!

If you did this, God is so happy with you and wants to start working in your life and through your life. Please send me a message letting me know that you did it so that I can pray for you as you begin a new life in Christ.

In Christ’s love,

Phil Covone

The Word

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

Over the centuries there have been many kinds of people who have tried to deny, disprove, and discredit Jesus for who He is by using their own limited intellect and understanding.  Instead of going to God looking for answers about Himself, they ask for answers about God from those who do not know God, or Christ.  They do so in an attempt to lessen His power and authority of Christ over all creation, thus not having to answer to Him for their lives.  Who Christ is, or is not, does not depend on what His creation thinks, but in who He has proven Himself to us to be.

In today’s verse of Scripture, God, through the Apostle John, has revealed to us who Jesus is.  Let’s take a look:

  1. “In the beginning…” – at the beginning of time and all created existence (John 1:3).  Before the world was, Word was (John 17:5).
  2. “was the Word,” – the Word has a name, Jesus, the Christ, who is the manifestation of God to those who don’t know Him, or who are without Him (John 1:18).  Christ is God incarnate.
  3. “and the Word was with God,” – Jesus is a conscious, personal, distinct existence from God, but inseparable and associated with Him (John 1:18; John 17:5; 1 John 1:2).
  4. “was God.” – Jesus is in substance and essence, God. He possesses the same Divinity as God.  There is complete and perfect harmony and unity between God and Jesus. One is not greater than the Other, nor is there ever any contradiction between them.

There are those who believe that Jesus is not God because Jesus Himself says that all power was given to Him (Matthew 28:18), which to them implies that Jesus had no Deity until God the Father imparted it to Him.  That assumption is incorrect.  Here’s what Jesus said,

“Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18).”

What Jesus means is that all authority is given to Him by the fact that He is God, the reality of His Deity.  Because of His Deity, He has the power to create, and all authority over all things He has created in the heavens above, and on earth.  Jesus’ Deity is well discussed and proven in the Bible in several different ways:

  1. By His names: 1. God (Hebrews 1:8).  2. Son of God (Matthew 16:16; 26:61-64).  3. Lord (Matthew 22:43-45).  4. King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16).
  2. By His Characteristics:  1. Omnipotence (Matthew 28:18).  2. Omniscience (John 1:48).  3. Omnipresence (Matthew 18:20).  4. Life (John 1:4).  5. Truth (John 14:6).  6. Immutable, or unchanging (Hebrews 13:8).”
  3. By His works:  1. He creates (John 1:3).  2.  He sustains (Colossians 1:17).  3. He forgives sin (Luke 7:48).  4. Raises the dead (John 5:25).  5. Judges (John 5:27).  6. Sends the Holy Spirit (John 15:26).
  4. By worship given to Him:  1. By angels (Hebrews 1:6).  2. By men (Matthew 14:33).  3. By all (Philippians 2:10).
  5. By equality in the Trinity:  1. With the Father (John 14:23; 10:30).  2. With the Father and the Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

Please don’t rely on the words of mere mortals and their finite minds.  Though it may take you a while, please read all the Scripture references given so that you can see for yourself what the Bible says, and it will prove to Jesus that you really want to know Him.  Only then will Jesus reveal Himself to you.  Before you do though, pray that God will reveal His truth to you, and He will.

In Christ’s love,

Phil Covone