The criminal justice system in our country makes a distinction between those who commit crimes either ignorantly or accidentally, and those who commit crimes knowingly, willfully, and with malicious intent. This distinction has been playing out in our media for the last several weeks. However, the justice system has a special dislike of those who commit crimes knowingly, willfully, and with malicious intent.
This same principle works in the spiritual realm as well. The Bible is clear that there are degrees of punishment in Hell, as well as levels of reward in heaven. There is no doubt in my mind that a person like Stalin, or Hitler, or Charles Manson, or a person who would intentionally harm a child, has a special place in the hottest, loneliest, darkest, and most pain filled place in Hell reserved for them. It is a place that they will spend the eons of eternity being tormented in.
But imagine the penalty that will be imposed by God on those who have willfully, knowingly, and maliciously rejected Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the sacrifice that He made on the cross for the sins that they have committed.
These people have heard and rejected the gospel message of Jesus Christ on the TV, the radio, in books and magazines, and the personal testimonies of family and friends who told them how a gracious God has sent His only Begotten Son, so that they may have eternal life. They have then compounded this sin by convincing others to reject Christ, or even persecuting those that are Christians. They have made this choice knowingly, willfully, and maliciously.
Listen to this podcast to hear how Jesus Christ exposes the willful ignorance of those that would reject the Word of God and the great Biblical truth of the resurrection of the dead.
What must I do to have eternal life?
Eternal life is an issue that each of us must decide how real it is, and if it is real, what we must do to have eternal life.
There are multiple religions, philosophies, and teachings, on what eternity looks like, and what a person must do to enter into it.
Must you earn it? Must you be a member of a certain religion? Is there any sin that will be unforgivable, or unpardonable, that would definitely keep you out of heaven?
Now, make no mistake about it, I firmly believe that the only true answer to this question is found in Jesus Christ. It is found in Jesus Christ and Jesus alone. There is no other way to eternal life in heaven, but through Jesus Christ.
Listen to this podcast to learn what Jesus has done, is doing, and will do, to provide you with eternal life. The answers you seek are in the Bible. The Bible is the true, the inerrant, and the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God where Jesus tells us what we must do to find eternal life in heaven.
Is hell really real?
The preacher says that it is. TV evangelists proclaim that hell is full of fire and brimstone. Is what they say true?
The scientist says that it is not. Professors state that there is no empirical evidence to prove... the existence of hell, or heaven, or even life after death. Is what they say true?
Somebody is right and somebody is wrong.
If the scientist is right, then life is short and the grave is all there is.
If the preacher is right, then eternity is a long time to spend burning in the fires of hell.
Listen to this podcast to see how Jesus Christ describes the reality of hell and what our roles are in preventing ourselves, and others, from spending eternity in hell.
Who is Jesus to you?
This is a question that each of us must answer, even if choosing not to answer the question is your response.
From an academic perspective, the world has debated who Jesus is for two thousand years. Is He an important religious figure? Is He a prophet, or a teacher?
But the question of Who is Jesus to you is about your personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Listen to this podcast to learn how your decision to accept or reject a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, is the single most important question you will answer in your life. It is more important than choosing a spouse, to have kids or to not have them, or even the career choice that you make.
This single decision will determine how you will live beyond the grave. It will determine how you will spend eternity.
The single most important decision you will ever make in your life will be to accept or reject Jesus Christ.
The single most important prayer you will ever pray will be to ask Jesus to be your Lord and Master.
It is not the sin in your life that will determine what happens to you after you die. It is has nothing to do with the scales of good and bad that you have done.
To have eternal life requires that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Master. To reject Jesus will condemn you to eternal separation from God and torment in Hell. Nothing else matters. Nothing, and no one, else has the power to save you, but Jesus Christ.
Listen to this podcast to learn why people want to reject Christ and what the consequence of that rejection is.
Someone once said that death and taxes are inevitable. We must all face death. The death of our loved ones, or our own death. There is absolutely nothing we can do about death, or is there?
Christianity is unique among all of the world's religions in that its founder conquered death by dying on a cross, being buried in a tomb, and then bodily walking out of that tomb. Jesus Christ is not dead, with His bones lying in a grave like all of the other religious leaders. Jesus Christ is alive and sitting at the right hand of the Father.
Jesus Christ has made each person a promise that if you will hear His words and believe on the One who has sent Him, that you shall pass from death unto everlasting life. Jesus proclaims to each of us that He, and He alone, has the power to conquer death and provide everlasting life. He then proved the veracity of this promise with His own life.
Listen to this podcast and learn about the One with the power to conquer death.
Are you ready?
Are you ready for Jesus to come?
If not, what are you lacking? Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
How will Jesus greet you, as a faithful servant, or as someone He does not know? These are important questions that most people do not want to answer. They think that the need to make sure they are ready is far away in some future, it may happen, time.
Listen to this podcast and learn how Paul tells us to make ourselves ready for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever had a message to deliver that was worth facing difficulties and hardships to deliver? A message so important that it is written in the blood of those that would share it with the world, and then fight to make it happen.
This is the kind of message that changes lives.
As a believer you have a message to deliver that is this important. It is a message that can change the eternal destiny of your family, your friends, and those around you. The question is, are you willing to share it?
Listen and rejoice as we study about the apostle Paul describe the gospel message he has been divinely appointed to deliver and about his visions of heaven.
a) A master to confess: It provides us with a living Jesus Christ sitting on the right hand of God the Father. He is sitting because He has accomplished all that God has asked Him to do.
b) A message to convey: The resurrection of Jesus Christ provides us with a message to tell others:
- About Eternal life.
- About Power over sin in our lives.
- About The hand of the One who will bring us into the presence of God when we enter Heaven’s Gate. Where we can stand clothed in the robe of righteousness purchased with His Holy blood.
c) A mandate to complete: Jesus has commanded us to go out into the world and preach the gospel of His death, burial, and resurrection, baptizing them in the name of the Lord.
It is one thing to say that I believe in God, and I believe what God's Word says about death, life, Heaven, and Hell.
It is another thing to say that I am so confident of what God says is true that I have no fear of death. In fact, I am ready, or as Paul says, I am groaning, to be absent from this earthly body and present with my Lord and Savior Jesus.
In this lesson Paul describes what it means to walk by faith, and not by sight. This is not a hope so faith, nor does it depend on how hard you believe.
True Biblical faith is a faith built on substance and evidence. Substance for the scientific mind, and evidence for the legal mind.
Listen and learn what it truly means to walk through the shadow of death and to have no fear.
What is going to happen to you the moment after you die?
Contrary to popular belief, it is not the end of your existence. Those that believe this to be true, do so only because they don't want to accept God's absolute truths about right and wrong.
As believers, God has promised us that we will be with Him after our death on earth. This body is a temporary house for our soul and spirit. It is the body that goes into the grave to wait on the resurrection, our soul and spirit go to be with God.
In this verse-by-verse study of 2 Cor. 5:1-5, Paul tells us that God has already prepared a house for our soul and spirit to dwell in.
Listen and sing God's praises as we learn about the wonderful house that God has prepared for us immediately after our death.