|All by chance? Not in a billion years!
God was so modest when He made Man. Genesis 1:26 and 27...just two verses...describe the most
miraculous of all miracles. And God said, "let us (He and Jesus) make man in our image, after our likeness." And
the next verse says, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created
And with that, They made a likeness with hundreds of complicated miracles, wrapped
up on one body. Look at pictures in medical books; heart, lungs, kidneys, blood veins, ears, eyes, tongue...countless parts
and the almost ultimate...the brain. And the only reason I call this article "one step" from the ultimate, is because
when this life is over, the soul takes one more step and leaves this mode of motivation we call a "body," and takes
on its eternal life!
And as we humans might say, this is where God separates the "men"
from the "boys." With all humanity, including children who don't yet know the consequences of sin, entering
into the Heaven God has made for us, while those who haven't accepted Christ, entering into the everlasting hell where
they'll be with the evil one who has plagued us during this short life on earth, trying to get all of us he can, to suffer
Sounds mean for some folks, until you know the rest of the story. Those who realize
that Jesus is the Christ, and decide to live for Him as His Word, the Bible, directs, will never know that suffering. Those
who give their lives to him for these brief years, will be forever in Heaven, where there will never be frustration, pain
or death...all ours simply by making a decision either to accept what Christ is offering us, or to go spend the rest of eternity
with satan, who also will be suffering the fires of hell.
If you've decided to go with God,
have just a little patience and all will well. If not, I plead with you to think of the consequence. You can accept the fun
sins now, with their heartaches later, or waiting a short while for the promise of Heaven. Don't be child-like, wanting
the lollipop now, instead of the gingerbread house later!
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.