THE PATH OF LIFE
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
In contrast to the path of death that led to the destination and dead end called hell, is the path of life.
The Apostle describes the path as the “free gift.”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)
“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” (I John 5:11)
The eternal gift of life is not for everybody. Even if you are an ardent tithe giver, a student of the Bible, an astute church member, a well drenched baptized member, the text is certainly clear. Crystal clear. The gift of eternal life is for those who “do His will.” 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’(Matthew 7:21-23)
Along with Paul reminding us that the gift is for those who do God’s will, he also tells us that it is free. I’m sure you are not startled by this. It is the most wasted commodity available to people than any other. You might think that, “I know this Pastor.” But do you really?
Romans 6:23 reinforces what Paul has said in previous chapters.
Those who receive God’s gift of holiness rather than a path of sin will live with God throughout eternity. This is the good news. If you are on the wrong road you still have time to make a u turn or take an alternate route that will lead to this road called life. A third point about the path of life that you don’t want to miss is that eternal life is a continuation of what you as a believer have started when you accepted Christ and decided to devote your life to follow Him.
This is the reason that John in His gospel of Jesus Christ could write,6 “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”And… 24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. (John 5:24)
When you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior you have the free gift. How do you know this? By accepting Him first you are justified by His blood. Forgiven! You are no longer on the path of death but are immediately on the path of life. I know, I know, what you are thinking. I don’t feel anything. I still where the same clothes and I still have the same issues. Transformation from one path to the other is in the mind. And at the point of acceptance of Jesus as savior and liberator you now have available to you complete access to the Holy Spirit. He guarantees victory in this life.
” And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”(Romans 12:2)
From day one you are in process or beginning to live a Christ-like-life. This path continues into eternity. Forever!Those who walk with Jesus on His street will have internalized the great principles of His character, and will be happy to live and be with God forever. God will not force anyone to be there.
A message that is going around and now being advertised by so called friendly atheists who are doing their own thing, posted this statement:
“You don’t need God to do well.”
“Not believing in God has allowed me to love people even more.”
As long as sin exists, there will always be evil. And wherever evil is humanity will weep. Humanity will suffer through the evil that people do to each other.
Good is not the issue. Because being good is not a condition for salvation rather being obedient
~Ministerial Contributor of the SWRC