Monday, June 18, 2012

Not by Works of Righteousness or Unrighteousness

You have probably been one of the many who have recently heard about, read about, or saw the story of the "Zombie" attack in Florida.  This type of thing only leads to certain questions.  One of which I was faced with just days after this horrific event.  That question being, "Since the guy was not in his right frame of mind, because of drugs, would he still go to Hell when he died that day?"  The short answer is ... maybe. 

Why, maybe?  Without knowing this man personally it is hard to say whether he went to Heaven or Hell.  God has already dealt with our sins, even that one, on the cross of Calvary and therefore the actual act of cannibalism is not the deciding factor of his eternal placement in Heaven or Hell.  It all hinges on the fact of whether he accepted the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross.  Did he at any time in his life place his trust in I Corinthians 15:1-4?  That is the basis of salvation, that is the basis of our eternal placement.  If he did not place his trust in that work and that work alone, then he is anguishing in Hell right now.

Many may disagree with my statement above, but that is fine.  They can be wrong if they choose to. 

Many may say that I preach easy believism, which is not even a word.  That is fine.  What part of Jesus Christ suffering on the cross for your sins and mine was easy?  What part of His rejection and separation from His father was easy?  The answer to both questions is, none.  God is showing forth all longsuffering and mercy today through the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. 

Many may say that if they believed like I do, then they would go kill, steal, and destroy.  My answer to that is simply, if you believe the way I do, then you would study your Bible (rightly divided of course), apply God's Word to your everyday life, and live the way you are supposed to.  You would be a Bible believer who applies God word properly.  One who is resting in the finished work of Christ.  If you believed as I do, then you choose not to sin at all, but rather live appropriately in the Dispensation of Grace. 

We are not saved by our works of righteousness nor are we condemned by our works of unrighteousness.  We are already condemned to live in Hell for eternity.  Our eternal home is dependent upon where we place our faith; in ourselves to work continually, or in Christ's finished work.  If you place your faith in working to get out of Hell, you will never get out; contrariwise, if you place your faith in the finished work of Christ, then you are automatically placed in Christ and you have a place in Heaven for sure.  At the moment of trusting in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, you are placed into Christ by the baptism by the Spirit, you are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places and many other tremendously wonderful things. 

You can know FOR SURE where you will spend eternity. 

Do not leave this world without having these questions answered. 
If you died right now, where would you go? 
Upon what, would you base your answer?

Place your faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ today.

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