10/15/2000 6:00 PM
There is a great deal of suspicion and wondering in people's lives. God came to make a change for the better in our life. Jesus didn't come to promote himself at the expense of others. God has worked a wonderful thing that we are alive spiritually. It was a resurrection.
We, who WERE dead, have been quickened. Paul was speaking of those who have been spiritually made alive. "There are no dead people going to heaven." There has to be a life within to make heaven, and that life is the life that comes when sins are past. We don't have to wait until heaven to enjoy the life he has given abundantly. When Christ sets us free - he knows about the life that enters us. Christ is the only one who could resurrect himself. He can bring back to life - to salvation.
1 John 3:14-15
We know we have passed from death to life. There are signs of life. Spiritually the love of God should be there. A life should produce something. It produces love for all mankind. A murderer does not have life abiding in him. It is sad when people claim eternal life, without that life showing. We want abundant life... today!! Our life can be current.
1 John 5:11-12
He that has the Son has the life, but he that doesn't, doesn't. Our Spiritual life is dependent on having the Son. Salvation is for everyone.
2 Timothy 2:19
"The Lord knows them that are his..." God knows if he put the light there. He knows whether you are or you aren't, regardless of what others think. We can count on him to keep track of us. This verse should be an encouragement to us. God knows how you are doing.
God has a "book of life." He keeps record of all who have life. Humanity for a long time has realized that God keeps track. Sometimes we might not know who is and who isn't. As people, God has not given us the responsibility of keeping the book of life and/or judging others. The only thing we have to do with the book of life is to make sure that our name is there. God will do a real good job of keeping the book of life if we will just let him. The fruits should show up in our life. We need not let the life go, for it CAN go. "The soul that sins will God blot out." Be sure that your name is in the book of life.
Keep things up to date with God. God wants this to be a growing thing in us. Only those with their name in the book of life can be in this city.