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  1. 1. Source: to Jesus2 Corinthians 6:17-6:17For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whomsoever believethin Him should not perish but have everlasting life. I believe that we all can live forever if webelieve in Gods word and apply it to our daily existence. We can no longer as Christians liveour lives next to the life stile of the un-believers. Christ told us to " Come out from among theworld and be a separate people." He was not saying that we had to separate ourselves frompeople in general, but separate ourselves from the unrighteous life that they live.The Apostle Paul once said, "at one time we ourselves were unruly. So we all at one time oranother were all sinners and an un-believer, but through the drawing power of the Holy Spiritwe accepted Jesus as our personal savior. So we must forget the things that we have donein the past and "Let us go on to perfection." Not laying again the foundation of dead works."What must I do to be saved? The Bible says, Believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christand you shall be saved. Why then do people try to make salvation so hard to accept? Thereare a lot of self-called preachers in this world who have no clue what the Holy Scripturesmean. So they are the blind leading the blind. To believe in Jesus is easy. Why does thescriptures say only to believe in his name. Because Jesus died on the cross over twothousand years ago and rose again three days later and also ascended back to the Father inHeaven.So sense we cannot see Jesus we must believe with our heart in just His name. I dontbelieve that is so hard to do. So then why do people have such a hard time believing inJesus? Well Ive experienced a lot of different types of people and believe me, its not thatthey dont believe in the Son of God, its that they dont want to let go of this life and thematerial things in it. People have been deceived in believing that if you allow Jesus to comeinto your life, then you lose everything, but what they dont know is that being a Christian iseaser than being an un-believer. We as Christians havent given up any thing; we on theother hand removed everything that was hurting us anyway.Jesus said, "Come out from among the world and be ye a separate people." We have onlyremoved the willful sin from our life . We have entered into a life of love instead of hate,understanding, instead of rejection, and patience instead of indifference. I believe thatindifference is the biggest demon that people have that we as ambassadors of Christ need toaddress. There are not enough preachers in this country today who preach on the alternativeof Heaven. That very fact is one of the reasons that a lot of, not only sinners but someChristians fall away. The Apostle Paul states, "A man only remains saved, when he is put inremembrance of what has been preached."In the book of Jude the scriptures state, on some having compassion, making a differenceand on others using fear, hating even the garment, spotted by the flesh, reaching down,pulling them out of the fire." We need to preach Jesus as Lord and Savior, but also God asthe avenger and destroyer of all who refuse to believe on His only, begotten Son. Believeme, there is a vengeful God, and there is a hell and a lake of fire, which waits to receive all
  2. 2. who reject Jesus. Its Gods promise, and it will come to pass. This reminds me of thepassages in scripture, which recalls a rich man and a poor man, named Lazarus.The scriptures prove the existence of hell with this story to those who will believe with thereheart and not with the mind. It states how the rich man wanted for nothing in this life and howLazarus wanted only the crumbs from the rich mans table. They both died. "And the rich manlifted up his eyes and saw Lazarus in Abrahams bosom, and cried, Father Abraham, sendLazarus and dip his finger in water to cool my tongue, for in these flames I am in torment.And Abraham said that he couldnt because, between you and us, there is a great gulf fixed.The Bible has almost as much about hell as it does about Heaven. Dont lie to yourself thereis a place of torment, and it will be forever. To continue, the Bible states that we love Godwith all our heart, mind soul and strength. Lets look at this again a little slower and deeper.The first is HEART, the Greek word for heart is cardia, thats where we get the word cardiac.The heart is the center of who we are.You can say that, you love your wife with all your heart, or you love your job or whatever. Butdo we really? The heart is one of the smallest organs in the body but with out it we cannotexist, with out the heart, the body dies. So to love God with all of our heart, we must, one,believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. God must beallowed to control our Hearts to lead us to whom we need to be in His eyes. The second iswith the Mind. Our mind controls that we believe that we are, it controls our actions our hopesand our desires. Our mind can develop good or bad thoughts, and only we can control whichof these it is going to be. If we can allow God to control our mind, which is sensual He canturn it into a most desirable part of whom we are.The third part is the Soul; the soul is the part of us, which is senses touch, taste, feel, sightand hearing. The Bible describes the soul of man as a worm, in revelations, where the wormdieth not. To control the senses we must be willing to convert ourselves to a different type oflifestyle. Taste not, touch not. Converting from who we were into who God wants us to be. Itsas simple as saying, no, to our body and saying yes to a righteous life free of sin. And thelast is Strength, What is our strength? To me its what gets me up in the morning, when I dontwant to move, its what allows me to try things that others say, that I cant do. Its what tells meto go on when the entire world seems to be falling in around me.To love God with all my strength is, to me, a willingness to say yes to Gods wishes when Ifeel down or week in body. To me all of these things can be accomplished to their maximumat the first thing in the morning, when its still and quite. We must keep our Father on ourhearts, mind, soul and within our strength constantly. When you do anything for the Lord do itwith all you being with everything that you are. We at times each day must attend to our dailybusiness, jobs, family and our other things, and theres nothing wrong with that. But when itcomes time for you to worship God give it all you have. What must I do to be saved? TheBible states, Believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. Whatdoes it mean to be saved?To be saved is to be released from the condemnation and the annihilation that is coming tothis world. The Bible states that we that believe on the name of the Lord are not condemnedbut those who believe not are already condemned. Salvation is the gift from God, and it is notto be abused, as an occasion to sin. Why do I say this, the Bible states that Jesus said, If and
  3. 3. when you sin, have an advocate with the Father, who is just and rightly to forgive you of yoursin. But this does not give the believer an open season on sin. Because the Bible states that,those that are saved are saved indeed, but those that endure unto the end, the same shall besaved. If we sin by mistake then we have an advocate with the Father and He will forgive,and so our salvation, remains in tact. But if we sin willfully, knowing the will of Godconcerning us then we become unruly and disobedient.At this time two things can accrue, 1. God may not recognize us as a son any longer or 2.God may forgive you of that sin, but you would pay a deer price for you disobedience. Somemay say that God will always forgive sin. But the Bible states that, Gods spirit will not alwaysstrive with man. Put it this way, say that you were committing adultery and the rapture tookplace at the same time, do you really think that you would go with the rest of the saints orwould you be left behind? Its something to think about, and missing Heaven is not worthanything that this world can offer. Be not deceived, God will not be maulked. Satan is outthere trying to steel, kill, and destroy any one who believes in Jesus. He knows that no mangoes to the Father except through the Son. So Believing in God is not enough, you have tobelieve in the Son.So then, what is salvation, eternal life thru Christ Jesus our Lord? Why then can I say this?The Bible says, that, you believe in God you do well, but the devils also believe and theytremble. The demons believe in God and Satan also but that is not enough. Christ calledSatan, the prince of this world. Which is true, after the fall of Adam, the custody of this worldfell into satins hands and he became the prince of the earth. Before we go on you need tounderstand whom Satan is. Satan, bellesubub, Lucifer, Devil, Prince, Lightgiver, roaring lion,Accuser, lier, thief, murder, destroyer, and fallen angel. This is the man who wants to rule theworld, heaven and you. Why would anyone want to follow any one with this type of heritage?You may say, well I dont follow the devil.But in reality, you do. The Bible says, choose you this day whom you shall serve. You onlyhave two chouses Christ, to the Glory of the Father or Satan. Jesus bought and paid for yoursalvation on the Cross of Calvary. its the Gift of God. But you have to accept, the sacrifice ofJesus and believe that He is the Son of God. Satan was the most beautiful angel that Godhad created. The word Light giver means, teacher. Satan looked upon himself and beheld hisown beauty and decided for himself that he should be God. He devised a plan to over throwGod and take Heaven for himself. He deceived one third of the angels in heaven to followhim. Which they did. But what he forgot, was that God is all knowing and God knew what hewas going to do before he did.God sent Gabriel and the other angels in heaven after Satan and cast him and his followersout of heaven. These are already condemned to be cast into the lake of fire. They have beentried, convicted and sentenced, their fate is sealed, is yours? Not if you repent of your sinsand be converted. All you have to do is believe in Jesus. Some say, if Satan is alreadycondemned then why is he still trying to destroy me. That answer is simple, He knows that inthe end, no matter what he does hes going to loose and be cast into the lake of fire to burnfor eternity, so he wants to take as many people with him as he can. Think of it this way,every time someone is deceived by Satan and dies in their sins, he laughs at them, knowingthat youve believed a lie. Satan doesnt even care if you dont believe in God or Him; all he
  4. 4. cares about is that you believe a lie.You can believe any thing you want to, you can practice any form of religion you want, butthe Bible says that in the end time they shall have a form of religion, but denigh the powerthere in. Without Jesus Christ you cannot and will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.Weather Jew or Gentile without Jesus you are lost.I dont argue the Bible I only state the facts. Let God be true and ever man a liar. Falsereligion, teachings, preachings, false doctrine, the entire world is full of different religions,many will be deceived. Then you may say how can I be sure that what I hear is the truth?The only way to be sure is to read and study to show yourself approved. Remember that Godis all power, and wisdom and knowledge, he wrote only one Bible and didnt need another, Ipreach a God who did it right the first time, what kind of god do you serve? To continue,today is the day that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. On the day that Jesus wascrucified, I believe that Satan believed that he had defeated Jesus because of his death, butwhat he forgot is that the prophecy of the death of the savior was to be followed by theresurrection of the same three days later. Jesus also himself stated that he would be raisedup three days later.The Holy Spirit of God accomplished the resurrection. When God speaks the Spirit acts. SoSatan was in for a surprise. The grave or death could not hold our savior down, just think thesame spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will also quicken our bodies, we also shall beraised up, if we believe. Lets look at the sermons that Jesus preached. A lot of people dontrealize that it was not just the miracles of healing of the blind or crippled but look at hissermons. When Jesus taught there were at times two to five thousand people, men, notincluding women and children present. Most of all his sermons were out doors. Now look atthis again. Out side and multitudes of people with no microphones or speakers.This in itself was a miracle. Lets look at the book of John CPT 21, lets start with verse 1 andgo through 21. Jesus has resurrected. And was meeting his disciples. Now if you rememberPeter had denied Jesus three times earlier. Peter just as the other disciples had thought thatwhen Jesus was crucified that there ministry was over and they went back to fishing. Theyhad forgotten what Jesus had taught them and what He had promised. If you look at thischapter Peter had been fishing and they were eating. Jesus asked Simon {not Peter} do youlove me more than these? Jesus wasnt asking Peter if he loved him more than the otherdisciples, He was asking him if he loved Jesus more that the fish that he had caught. Someothers may disagree with me but thats ok. My point is this, Christ was asking Simon do youreally love me more than the things of this world or the things that give you pleasure.Sense Peter had denied Jesus three times, Christ asked him three times, do you really loveme? or am I just a interruption in your life that was fun for a while but lost its appeal? Howmany people do you know that appear to be sincere on church night, but down through theweek wouldnt give you the time of day when they are around their non Christian friends?Peter had to leave it to Christ to see if he was true to him, Sometimes we, as Christians alsohave to prove whether we are also true in our profession of Christ. The reason I say this is,Peter said, "you know all things" He allowed Jesus to look into his heart to see his penitentheart and his true intentions. Peter was a lot like we are today, he lost his vision andsometimes we do. The Bible states, " Without a vision, the people perish. Ask yourself this
  5. 5. question, have I lost my vision, have I forgotten what Jesus said to me. Take the entire Biblepersonally, as if it was written just for you and too you, I believe that this will help you keepyour vision.Some people believe that Jesus was going to build his church on Peter, because Jesus saidthou art Simon Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church. To me this assumption has alot to be desired, Jesus was speaking about himself, Jesus was and still is the rock that westand upon, the bright and morning star, the Lion of the Tribe of Juda, counselor, lilly of thevalley, King, Priest, Intersessor. The only begotten Son of God. He is "the Rock".Lets look at Luke CPT 8. vers. 22 thru 26. Jesus said LET US GO OVER UNTO THEOTHER SIDE OF THE LAKE. If you look at this phrase a little closer there is not only acommand from Christ, but also a promise and a prophecy. When Jesus made statementsthere was a specific purpose to what He was saying. He never said anything that didnt teachsomething. In Luke 8-22, Jesus was giving the disciples a promise of safe arrival to the otherside of the lake, and was teaching them of faith. Christ knew that there was going to be anattempt to kill Him, and was not afraid. He said let us, the word us, designated the totalcompany of pasangers, not just Jesus was to arrive on the other side. Will you arrive on theother side with Jesus or be left behind, Think about it.Temple of Spirit & Truth Ministries A.R. Smith Sermons International