Saturday, September 10, 2011

A time for everything

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 KJV - [1] To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: [2] A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; [3] A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; [4] A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; [5] A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; [6] A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; [7] A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; [8] A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

If you're old enough, you recognize that passage from a famous song, "Turn, Turn, Turn", sung by the Byrds back in the '60's. The words, though, were penned by King Solomon thousands of years ago. And they still ring true today. You may find yourself today at the lowest point in your life, or you might be experiencing victory and breakthrough. Everybody will experience low points and high points in life. Everybody will experience suffering and joy, love and hate.

Ecclesiastes 3:14 KJV - [14] I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

God is eternal. His work will stand forever. His judgements will stand forever. I think this is where one can find the truth about atheists. There are no true atheists, just anti-theists. Atheists are really people who know full-well there is a God, they just hate His guts. They hate His eternal rule and reign, they hate His decisions, they hate His judgements. God is eternal, God is in charge, and they hate Him for it.

Ecclesiastes 3:15-17 KJV - [15] That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past. [16] And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. [17] I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

There truly is nothing new under the sun. Wars are nothing new. Technology is nothing new, there have always been great life-changing discoveries. Evil is also nothing new. Corrupt judges are nothing new. Corrupt politicians are nothing new. God will bring every work into judgement because some day, we will all give an account for our lives.

A time for judgement

2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV - [10] For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Now here is the thing which many people find so maddening. What you do in life, that isn't what is going to get you into Heaven or Hell. This is a judgement of reward. This is not a judgement where you sit in a scale and somebody weighs out to see if you have more good works than bad works to see if you get into Heaven or Hell. In this judgement, you are either perfect or condemned.

Romans 3:23 KJV - [23] For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Isaiah 64:6 KJV - [6] But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

God will not have sin in his presence, and our best just is not good enough. Take heart, though. God, in His mercy and love, has not left us condemned. While our own efforts will not do, His son Jesus has paid for our sins in full by His death on the cross,

1 Peter 3:18 NKJV - [18] For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

So that now, that payment has been made once and for all. All you or I need to is to appropriate it. You

Rom 10:8-13 KJV - [8] But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; [9] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. [11] For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. [12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. [13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

The true purpose of life

There is only one "work" you can do that will stand on Judgement Day, and that is to believe on Jesus. Not just say "I believe", but to truly believe on Jesus. That is our job, our role, our purpose here. Believe on Jesus. Is there more to it than that? Of course there is.

I haven't even gone over important topics such as repentance, or walking the Christian walk. If you truly believe on Jesus, you will find your self repenting of your sin. If you truly believe on Jesus, you will find yourself walking with Him. The Christian walk starts with that first step, and you can take it today.

Fundamentally, Heaven or Hell for your permanent address hinges on one simple question: Do you believe on Jesus?

Don't want to believe? There is a verse for that, too.

2 Corinthians 4:3 KJV - [3] But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: