The choice is set before us, and it does matter what you choose, because one day, we will all die and I believe meet Jesus face to face. Are you prepared to meet God? Are you certain of your belief in who Jesus is to you? I am; and I am not denying that I hope to encourage you to seek the truth about Jesus directly from God, but I am at this point only sharing my certainty from my experiences. I more than believe, I experience my living Savior and Lord.
If you do not agree with any portion of this, then seek the truth from God in the Bible and share it with me. No one can shift my belief in Jesus, because of the experiences that I have had, but my interpretation of sharing these Biblical things are just sharing what I believe, apply and find working in my life well. I don't understand everything; but I am learning each day as the good Lord teaches me. I need Jesus so much in my life, so much so that my motto is: I don't have it all figured out, BUT God does, Follow Jesus. My statement of faith is that I trust God and I trust also in Jesus!
In spite of my weaknesses, these things that I do for God, as well as this section, to me are powerfully given through the Spirit of God to understand about life and death, in order that we may choose Life. I only hope to stir your soul to seek the truth from God for your benefit. I am certain for me. On my heart, I ask, are you certain for you?
· The first death separates our spirit and soul from our bodies and takes us from this world.
· The second death is the separation of one group of people from another: the saved and unsaved.
· The two groups will be judged separately:
o Those who receive Jesus crucified for the atonement of their sins will be rewarded according to the good they have done, as also evil deeds will be overlooked and forgiven by God. God’s grace by the blood of Jesus.
o The other group that chooses to reject their hope in Jesus (atonement for all sins) will be judged according to the evil that they have done, and their good deeds will not keep them from their punishment, remaining under the condemnation of the law, which comes from rejecting God’s grace.
Jude was eager to write to his readers about the good news of salvation, but he felt he must instead warn them about certain immoral men circulating among them who were perverting the grace of God (Jude 1:4). Apparently these false teachers were trying to convince believers that being saved by grace gave them license to sin, since their sins would no longer be held against them. Jude thought it imperative that his readers be on guard against such men and be prepared to oppose their perverted teaching with the truth about God’s saving grace.
Inspired from Jude, as well as my personal experiences, and heavy on my heart is for The Train Whistle to warn others (maybe you) to be certain that you know the true grace of God found in his Son, Jesus Christ, as your Savior and Lord.
Like the rest of the Bible, this letter written by Jude has been put to the test but nonetheless was accepted by the churches, indicating the strength of its claims to authenticity. (see the introduction to Jude, NIV).
It seems that in today's world, people are still being punished for believing in Jesus. It seems that many are still being persecuted for their faith in God's Holy Word. However, Jesus saved us from a much greater punishment; the punishment of Sin. Death is and has always been the punishment of sin [disobedience to God] -Separation from God; death. However, Jesus gives us a choice to choose Life with God!
- What we believe matters to God!
- What we do reflects what we believe.
According to the written Word, I choose to obey what I naturally believe. I revere God so much that I choose godly behavior. God's Word works good in my life; as much as sin works bad in my life. So I may fail in my behavior sometimes (many times), but I change my mind and my heart to align with God's word, because I know it is wrong in God's eyes and I don't want to disappoint HIM. I am forgiven because of Jesus and what His blood on the cross did for me.
This is not about me being perfect; or Jesus making ... It is about what Jesus has done for all who will believe! My testimony is more that I allow Jesus to change me and mold me to be better each day. I am learning to follow Jesus each Today as I am being prepared for every tomorrow in Eternity. I choose Life with God in Heaven forevermore, beginning with Today.
However, there is another choice that many will make. Some will choose to reject their hope in Jesus that God himself has sent. God has sent His Hope for you too. Don't choose to deny the truth God has sent without grasping your knowledge from God. Don't choose to reject your hope, seek God's truth. Seek the truth in Jesus; in who He rightfully is. I can't convince you, but God will; if only you will choose to let your guard down to allow God to enter your heart with His truth ... and just believe.
Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:14 (see also the writings of Jude, a “brother of James” (Jude 1:1).)
- Hell the lake of fire; the permanent and final place of judgment for the lost
- Made for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41)
- Will be occupied by all the unrighteous after the last judgment—the second coming of Jesus (Revelation 19:11-16, 20-21); (see Matthew 13:1-43; Jude 1:7; Revelation 20:15).
- Hades: a temporary realm of the dead for those awaiting judgment with two divisions, the abodes of the saved and the lost (Matthew 11:23, 16:18; Luke 10:15, 16:23-29; Acts 2:27-31).
- The abode of the saved was called “paradise” (see Luke 23:43).
- The abodes of the saved and the lost are separated by a “great chasm” (Luke 16:26).
- Jesus ascended to heaven (Ephesians 4:8-10), and we in Christ will be with him.
- The lost side of Hades has remained unchanged. All unbelieving dead go there to await their final judgment in the future.
God loves us so that he is begging us not to ignore his call of love in his warnings. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell (see Matthew 5:29-30).
Christ died once for all (2 Corinthians 5:14). After final judgment, Hades will be cast into hell (Revelation 20:14). Today we are given a choice, so we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:9-10).
I hope you will test this for the truth rather than reject or ignore the possibility of afterlife according to what God has set to be. “Jesus is Lord” are the three most important words we can come to know. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.”
“as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). How can we refuse him now?
The Bible does not teach sinless perfection here in this life, but it does teach us that if God has done a work in our hearts, we have a new nature—a nature that loves everything about God; a nature that loathes sin because sin not only hurts us, but sin hurts God too.