Two Paths to Eternity – part 2

We are accosted by the devil when we begin our path to the City of God, who both offers the baubles of worldly temptations and uses the very same trick that he was so successful with in deceiving Eve – concocting ‘fake news,’ (i.e. distorting scripture), often delivered through his followers:

They [who teach twisted doctrine] are of the world and belong to it; therefore they speak from the [viewpoint of the] world [with its immoral freedom and baseless theories – demanding compliance with their opinions and ridiculing the values of the upright], and the [gullible one of the] world listens closely and pays attention to them. 1 Jn. 4:5 AMP

Their intent is to get you to give up on your righteous quest, to devalue your salvation, and then to draw you down in sin. 

Yet, we can rebuke the devil by clinging to God during trials and tribulations, as in the example of Moses:

…he preferred to endure the hardship of the people of God rather than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of the Christ [that is, the rebuke he would suffer for his faithful obedience to God] to be greater wealth than all the treasures of Egypt, for he looked ahead to the reward [promised by God]. Heb. 11:25, 26. AMP

After all, we have been divinely fortified to do just that: 

…you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind]. 1 Jn. 4:4 AMP 

So again, we cling to our Father’s guarantees:

“All that My Father gives Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out [I will never, never reject anyone who follows Me].” Jn. 6:37 AMP

Along the same vein, we can continually be thankful that we are delivered in Christ, whose grace supersedes the shortcomings of our best efforts to be ‘good’: 

…we have been released from the Law and its penalty, having died [through Christ] to that by which we were held captive, so that we serve [God] in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter [of the Law]. Rm. 7:6 AMP

“My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough – always available – regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9 AMP

Our path to eternity looks great; but remember that we are also talking about two paths. What curses one to the other path, that broad highway to oblivion, is that same one’s rejection of Jesus Christ:

Anyone who disregarded the law of Moses died without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment do you think one will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God, who has regarded as profane the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? Heb. 10:28, 29. CSB

Remember too, that should that rejection be maintained up to the time of their death, or when Jesus comes back, (whichever comes first), there is no longer a choice regarding their destiny:

“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Mt. 3:12 NASB 

“For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant (proud, self-righteous, haughty), and every evildoer shall be stubble; and the day that is coming shall set them on fire,” says the LORD of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.” Mal. 4:1 AMP

Praise God that Christ’s final judgment is not a destiny that we (God’s children) share:

“…a time is coming when all those who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and they will come out – those who did good things [will come out] to a resurrection of [new] life, but those who did evil things [will come out] to a resurrection of judgment [that is, to be sentenced].” Jn. 5:28, 29. AMP

…but we will all be [completely] changed [wondrously transformed], in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at [the sound] of the last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [who believed in Christ] will be raised imperishable, and we will be [completely] changed [wondrously transformed]. 1 Cor. 15:51, 52. AMP

For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel and with the [blast of the] trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain [on the earth] will simultaneously be caught up (raptured) together with them [the resurrected ones] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord! 1 Thess. 4:16, 17. AMP

Hallelujah! And why? Because we took the right path! We did our best not to harden our hearts against others, to follow God’s word, to resist temptation, not to grieve the Holy Spirit, not to be cavalier with God’s will, to believe in God rather than people, resist laziness, to turn away from the enticements from the devil, and to keep our focus forward – embracing Christ and denying self-centeredness:

“If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me]. For whoever wishes to save his life [in this world] will [eventually] lose it [through death], but whoever loses his life [in this world] for My sake and the gospel’s will save it [from the consequences of sin and separation from God].” Mk. 8:34-36. AMP

Yes, we know the right direction, and we make progress along the way; but until we make our final destination, even the ‘best’ Christian is still human, and humans make mistakes:

Now if I habitually do what I do not want to do, [that means] I agree with the Law, confessing that it is good (morally excellent). So now [if that is the case, then] it is no longer I who do it [the disobedient thing which I despise], but the sin [nature] which lives in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh [my human nature, my worldliness – my sinful capacity]. For the willingness [to do good] is present in me, but the doing of good is not. For the good that I want to do, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. Rm. 16 – 19. AMP

Nevertheless, our Father’s grace through HIs Son is immeasurable!

“…all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and all the abusive and blasphemous things they say; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit and His power [by attributing the miracles done by Me to Satan] never has forgiveness…” Mk. 3:28, 29. AMP

Jesus was addressing the Pharisees when they said that He was casting out demons through the power of the devil (Mt. 9:34), which is refuting the truth of the Holy Spirit, who empowered Christ. And, given that the Holy Spirit’s primary function is to reveal Christ to us, those who reject the Holy Spirit rejects Jesus. And Jesus is the only way. (Jn. 14:6)

As a child of God, our heavenly door is always open…

Goodnight and God bless. 

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