Whoever reads this article from top to bottom should know exactly where they stand in life. It then purely becomes a matter of choice.
So many people misunderstand the tenor (gist, meaning) of the need for salvation from their fallen state of existence and, therefore, continue in a mode of indifference to something that is of crucial importance. This article serves to progressively break down such a wall of resistance by offering a clear but concise explanation of the underlying principle that necessitates our deliverance from the mess we all find ourselves in.
Let’s begin by pointing out that the design for our behavioural pattern was ‘locked and loaded’ shortly after man was introduced to Planet Earth. This behavioural pattern had two sources of motivation.
For a brief period before the single (first) inspirational source for man’s behaviour was split into a choice between two sources of motivation, he was totally content with the knowledge of the beauty of only the original source of motivation. We all know (or should know) what happened in the Garden of Eden.
When the second source was added man suddenly possessed two conflicting sources on which to base his word and deed. In other words, he became aware that he possessed the right of choice between the two. However, the incursion of the second source obliterated the singleness of purity embedded in the original source. He now had the knowledge of both good and evil and he became torn between the two.
While he possessed only the original source of knowledge he had the right to a life of happiness and bliss on an eternal scale, never having to second guess the reason for his words and actions. But now the benefits of the single source of knowledge received the death knell, in that he was declared spiritually dead by the One who created him. This meant that although he retained the Breath of Life that enabled him to remain physically alive, his hope of eternal bliss was exchanged for eternal condemnation once his physical existence on earth reached an end.
Consequently, man’s knowledge of both good and evil compelled him to deliberate between the attributes of the two sources in the course of executing every facet of his daily life. Deep in his heart he desired the good in line with what he had in the beginning, but his nature leaned towards the latter source of motivation. He could not help it, for now he had the nature of sin which he would pass on to all of his offspring.
Had he not capitulated to sin he would have grown in stature, showing the fruit of the Spirit of his Maker, which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and restraint. (Gal. 5:23). The fact is, he would have been ignorant of anything that would oppose the built-in nature of his existence.
But the second source of motivation was an evil intervention that gave birth to works that belonged to the flesh, namely, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelry, and such like. (Gal. 5:19-22). These are all the offshoots of pride and importance of self.
This then, is the plight of the human race today. It has to pay the penalty for its transgression and the resultant nature of sin. That penalty is eternal condemnation in the place known as the lake of fire. It has to be understood that man is dead while he lives and that this condition continues after he departs from his external body of clay.
Can man be redeemed from his spiritually-dead condition and, thus, escape the confinement lying in wait for him? Yes, he can, but only God can redeem him. And He did. God took on the form of man and became, Emmanuel, meaning, God with us. The name, Jesus, was given to Him. This Jesus – God in the flesh – was born without sin and he remained without sin. But, He was to become sin for us so that He may put sin to death for us – and that we may be born again, given a second chance to live as He intended us to live.
In effect, Jesus was laden with our sinful nature and paid the penalty on our behalf so that we may be set free from our captivity to the condemnation under which we lived in our spiritually-dead condition. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)
It was not a matter of Jesus dying for all the petty little sins and/or big sins of man that he commits every day. He died for the very nature of sin in man causing all those sins. The truth is, Jesus did away with sin once and for all, but it remains in force for all who do not yet believe. Redemption, therefore, only comes for every individual once he seeks forgiveness for his spiritually-dead condition so that he may be redeemed and be given a new life, meaning, he needs to be born again. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2Cor. 5:17)
THE FIRST DEADLINE
The following needs to be made very clear. God works to two deadlines for the continuation of every individual’s life on earth. For all those that are spiritually dead the first deadline is physical death. Should such an unredeemed person die physically, whether by accident or natural causes, there is no recourse. Such a person will have lost all hope. Of course, this first deadline holds no fear for those who are already redeemed and born again.
THE SECOND DEADLINE
The second deadline is the end of the timeline for man’s continued existence on earth, which is virtually upon us. At the end of this timeline God’s final judgment will fall upon the human race. “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” (2Peter 3:7)
So, anyone who is alive right now and manages to remain alive is very likely to experience the end of the second deadline. That’s how close we are to that day. It will come suddenly, without further warning. We’ve already had enough warning and we can clearly see that the world we live in right now spells, ‘The End’. 2Thess.1:8 is about to become a reality. “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:”
As with the first deadline, the second deadline also holds no fear for those who currently enjoy the redeemed state. For them a ‘lift off’ is the final move as per 1Thess. 4:15-18. “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
Right now, the only formula for redemption is repentance. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2Peter 3:9)
THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION
The following prayer would be an act of repentance.
“Dear God, I now realise that I am a sinner in need of forgiveness and redemption. I believe that Jesus died in my place to pay the penalty for my sin nature and that He was resurrected from the dead so that I may live for eternity, Jesus, please come in to my heart and life and be my Lord and Saviour. Please guide me and grant me wisdom each and every day for the rest of my life on earth. Amen.”
So, the bottom line is this: There is a real purpose for our lives and we should enjoy every moment of our existence provided we do so in redemption mode. Apart from good health, this mode comes with many other benefits. Here’s proof from the mouth of our Lord and Saviour. “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7)
What is redemption mode? Once a heartfelt prayer of repentance is said the redemption mode sets in automatically, meaning, we are reconciled to God and have 24/7 access to His throne to converse freely with Him concerning every aspect (even the least little thing) of our new lives through the boldness and confidence of the faith of Jesus Christ that we now possess. In effect, living in redemptive mode means nothing becomes impossible for us with God. “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27)
YOUR VERY OWN PERSONAL ARMY
And how about your own personal army to protect you and to remove any unwanted obstacle standing in your way? This covers sicknesses and diseases, unforeseen threats and concerning promotion in your workplace. “Because you have made the LORD, which is your refuge, even the most High, your habitation; there shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” (Ps 91:9-11)
To think that while you are washing dishes in your kitchen those angels are delighted with your happy face. While you are driving your car those angels can see far ahead of you and take action to avert any mishap. And your boss does not know why he suddenly feels that he should give you a substantial raise. Maybe so that you can afford to buy a dishwasher?