Smoking Or Non-Smoking? Where Is Your Eternal Rest?

Three means by which God assures us that we do have eternal life: 1. The promises of His Word, 2. The witness of the Spirit in our hearts, 3. The transforming work of the Spirit in our lives.

– Jerry Bridges.

Hey, it is summer already, in case you have not noticed. Some people planning their vacations, others, like myself – tightening up their work schedules. But, speaking in the language of Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 these both scenarios are 2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities, all is vanity. 3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

We are not eternal, everything has its beginning and end, except our Lord God, of course. Regardless, what are you planning either it is vacation or work, you better think about your eternal rest. The earthly things may not come true, but eternity is certain: and as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).

Bible Reading

Today’s devotional reading is from the 1st Book of Corinthians 6:9-11. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of Proverbs 11:18 – Are You Wondering What You Will Earn?

Eternal Hell or Eternal Heaven

In his First Letter to the Church of Corinth, besides the others issues within the church, Paul addressed the matters of personal morality. He stated clearly, 9…neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God (2 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Unfortunately, many Christians think that they are alone without imputation of the righteousness of the Lord Jesus are righteous based on their good works. Evidently, that was true when Paul wrote his first Epistle to Corinthians and, definitely, it is true today. Do you think you are a good person and have a ticket to Eternal Heaven? Check out this test – Are you a good person?

If you rely on your own good deeds, there is the bad news for you, thou hast no part with me, said Jesus in John 13:8. At first, Peter denied Jesus Christ to wash his feet but later asked the Lord to wash him entirely. And that is what Paul summed up in 1 Corinthians 6:11 – And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Yes, it is a sad fact – men have an appointment with death and you have no say in it, not anymore. Moreover, that is solely because of our sinful nature. And yes, I have a GOOD NEWS: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation (Hebrews 9:28).

Reflection

This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
  1. If you are not saved from eternal damnation, I pray to God that today is THE DAY – Accept Jesus Now!
  2. If you are a Christian who thinks that his/her deeds are enough to get eternal life in heaven, I pray to God too, that the Holy Spirit will stir up your heart and change your mind into submission and humbleness before our Lord Jesus.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we glorify Your mighty name, oh God. And we thank you, Lord, that you have chosen us and sanctified us. We thank You Lord Jesus for your sacrifice on the cross and we pray for the salvation of many. Let us walk in Your light, in Your righteousness and rely not on ourselves.

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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