"The key to understanding the Bible is to look for Jesus in the Bible. Jesus is the hero of the Bible. If you read the Bible and don't find Jesus, re-read it! The Bible has one hero, His name is Jesus; one villain, that is Satan; one problem, that is sin; one solution, that is salvation. That is what the Bible is all about." -Dr. Adrian Rogers

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thou Fool: Part Two (1/28/2011)

1 Corinthians 15:35-37

But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” 36 [Thou fool], what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37 And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain…

What these verses are saying here is that these feeble, sin-cursed bodies are not as good as it gets; though many atheists would have us believe otherwise. God willing, I have many years ahead of me on this earth. But I will still never be able to understand why an atheist would want to be an atheist. Atheism says that, when we die, we are just placed in the ground to stay. Not so! Hallelujah! God tells us in His Word that we shall live again, and the next life will be unfathomably greater than life here on this fallen earth.

You see, atheist, every time you say, “There is no life after death,” God looks at you and says, “Thou fool!” Our tiny, powerless minds are not great enough to imagine the unimaginable; therefore we often dismiss it as imposable. God says that to do so is foolishness. I don’t know what kind of bodies we—those who have been born again—will have in Heaven. God doesn’t provide us with those details, so I refuse to even discuss that matter. Because if God doesn’t discuss it in His Word, that’s a pretty big hint that it doesn’t matter right now. But I do know that we will be made perfect. We will be sinless. We will be like Jesus!

As rich and pure as Heaven is, Hell is even more torturous and horrifying. And I tell you today that, if you have not experienced the saving power of Jesus’ blood, you will go there. Let me tell you a little bit about what the Bible says about Hell. God’s Word describes Hell as the following: “shame and everlasting contempt,” “everlasting punishment,” “weeping and gnashing of teeth,” “fire unquenchable,” “indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish,” “everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord,” “eternal fire…the blackness of darkness forever,” and there are many, many more. (If you want to know where I got these descriptions, please go to the sidebar, where it says “Are You a Good Person?” and click on the link there.) I don’t want you to go there, and God doesn’t either. Second Peter 3:9 says, “But [God] is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” God wants you to be washed in the precious blood of His dear Son, that you will not have to go to Hell but that you can go to Heaven with Him for all eternity.

Trust me when I say that trusting Jesus was the best decision I have ever made and will ever make. Jesus is my Savior, my King. He is everything to me! There is no greater feeling than to know that you are in a right relationship with God. The Bible says that the pleasures of sin will only last for a season (Hebrews 11:25). But you look through the Bible; the things of the Lord will endure forever.

At this point, I am asking—even pleading—that you give your heart, your life, your everything to the Lord Jesus Christ. Adrian Rogers said, “If Jesus is not your Lord, He is not your Savior.” To acknowledge Jesus as Lord is to lump faith and repentance into one. When you acknowledge Jesus as Lord, you are giving all of you. When you acknowledge Jesus as Lord, you are saying, “Here I am, Lord. Lead and I will follow—no matter the cost.” Adrian Rogers described his salvation experience this way: “I gave all I knew of me to all I knew of Jesus.” That’s all He asks of you, that you give all you know of you to all you know of Him. And as you learn more about yourself, you give all of that to the increasing knowledge you have of Jesus Christ. Salvation is not easy. Don’t let anyone tell you it is because, if the say that, reality is they’re not saved themselves. But it is the most valuable and priceless gift ever known to man.

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