Grace is more than the song, Amazing Grace. Yet the words of that song resound with the truth. If you are not familiar with the words, click here.
What is amazing about God’s grace is that it is a free gift. It is God reaching out to us. Yes, reaching out while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (see Romans 5:8). A gift offered to all who accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. God’s grace is his unmerited favor bestowed upon repentant sinners. People can do nothing to earn it nor do they deserve it. It is an expression of God’s love for the world he created (see John 3:16). God has made loving him a simple act. As the first verse of the song says:
Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found was blind but now I see.
Those who reject God’s grace and mercy will experience His judgment and His justice. Again with free will the choice is up to each person; accept or reject. Choose wisely.
The Bible says that heaven is a real place prepared for all who love God and have trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. ( See Revelation 21:1).
Heaven is beyond human description although some have been given glimpses of it. The best reference on what heaven could be like is found in Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven. Another book, Heaven is for Real, is a sneak preview of how heaven might be seen through the eyes of a child. Finally, Jesus said to his disciples then and for those who have trusted him down through the ages and now:
I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. (John 14:3 – ESV)
Paul, an apostle of Jesus, wrote to the believers in the Greek city of Corinth:
What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9 – ESV)
Yes, Heaven is for real. It’s not a myth! It’s God’s ultimate gift to all who believe.
The answer is yes. In the beginning Adam walked and talked and fellowshipped with God every day. That was how God intended life to be for every person ever born; to actually know God personally. Unfortunately, Adam sinned when he disobeyed God’s one and only rule. Sin then separated man from God.
The “ good news” is that placing one’s trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord restores that relationship so a person can actually know God personally. God has a wonderful, exciting plan for everyone’s life.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 – ESV)
Life’s grandest adventure is discovering that plan and living it to the ‘Max’. There is only one way to God. There is no path as some religions claim. Jesus said,
I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through me. (John 14:6 – ESV)
God is a personal God. He desires relationships with his creation. He has given man the free will to say I want to know you or I don’t. The choice is personal. The choice is ours. The choice is yours. Choose wisely.
God doesn’t send anyone to hell. People choose to go there when they reject Jesus Christ.
Surprised by that answer? you shouldn’t be. God is both loving and just. He won’t force anyone to love him. In fact, he allows all to to pursue the longings of their lives. People who want nothing to do with God in this life will be granted that desire for eternity. That results in eternal separation from God who is the source of all love, joy and beauty.
But God’s desire is for all of us to enjoy Him. He wants everyone be saved from the torments of an endless pursuit of that which will never truly satisfy–an eternity devoid of love and beauty. One of Jesus’ disciples, Peter, reminds us :
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
He has provided a way to much better eternal life, one in which there is no more sadness or disappointment or loneliness or war or pestilence or pain or death. It comes though a personal relationship with His son, Jesus Christ. God is patient and long-suffering, but eventually all must choose.We all will die and meet God the Creator face-to-face; no reincarnation and no second chances. When we do, we may discover that our choices in life lead to an eternity in hell. Choose wisely.