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Many Ways?

Many Ways?
By Dennis Huebshman

To start, some verses:

John 3:18 – “The ones who believe in Him are not condemned. The ones who do not believe have been condemned already because they have not believed in the name of the ONE AND ONLY SON OF GOD.” (any emphasis is mine)

John 3:35-36 – “The Father loves the Son, and has placed ALL things under His authority. (36) The one who believes in the Son has eternal life. The one who rejects the Son will not see life, but God’s Wrath remains in him.” (For those still alive, this will be all the horrors of the Tribulation. Those who have already died as unbelievers will receive Wrath at the Great White Throne.)

John 5:22-23 – “Furthermore, the Father does not judge anyone, but has assigned all the judgment to the Son (23) so that all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. The one who does not honor the Son, does not honor the Father who sent Him.”

John 7: 38-39 – “… let the one who believes in Me drink. Just as the scripture says, from within Him will flow rivers of living water. (39) Now He said this about the Spirit whom those who believed were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus was not yet glorified.” This is the promise that after Calvary, anyone who accepts and believes in Jesus will receive the Holy Spirit to live within them. (See also John 14:16-17 later in this message.)

John 8:16 – “Thus I told you that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe I am He, you will die in your sins.”

John 10-9 – “I am the door. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.” Jesus is the shepherd of God’s chosen people – the Jews.

John 10-16 – “I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice so that there will be one flock and one Shepherd.” Jews, Gentiles – Everyone who “listens to His voice” and accepts Him will be saved. There is no partiality with God. (Romans 2-11)

John 10:30 – “The Father and I are One.”

John 14:1,6 – “Do not let your hearts be disturbed. You believe in God, believe also in Me. (6) Jesus replied, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.”

John 14:16-17 – “Then I will ask the Father and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever. (17) The Spirit of truth whom the world cannot accept because it does not see Him or know Him. But you know Him, because He resides with you and will be in you.” (Second promise of the Holy Spirit)

After the resurrection, Jesus appears to the disciples, but Thomas was not there. Thomas did not believe the others had actually seen Jesus, however Jesus again appeared, and Thomas then believed. In John 20:29, Jesus tells Thomas, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are the people who have not seen, yet have believed.”

Romans 8:1 – “There is therefore now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

1 John 5:12 – “The one who has the Son has eternal life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have eternal life.”

An Invitation – Revelation 3:20 – “Listen! I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into his home and share a meal with him and He with Me.” (Includes everyone – Male and Female alike)

Taking into account everything I have provided here, which by the way is not nearly close to being a complete list, anyone who refuses to see the connections between Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit has hardened their hearts and this world means more to them than their eternal souls. These are atheist/agnostics that choose not to believe in the Lord God Jehovah of the Holy Scriptures, and therefore will not accept His Son, Jesus either. Their judgment is given in Revelation 20:11-15.

The scriptures clearly state that the only way to the Father and eternal live in Heaven is through Jesus, the Son, that came to this earth and died at Calvary for our sins. Three days later, God raised Him from the dead (the human body now glorified) and conquered sin and death forever. From the second that the human side perished, the Spirit of the Lord was present with the Father, and He was there to welcome the first person to receive the new covenant – the thief from the cross. This tells us that anyone who dies “in Christ” – someone who has accepted Jesus as their Savior – will be with Him immediately in Spirit.

Those who died as unbelievers and those who rejected God before the cross, will have their spirit immediately in torment, and will not be raised for judgment until the Great White Throne of Revelation 20. Jesus’ parable about the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19) is a perfect illustration of this.

There will be a group of people who will not physically die on this earth. Paul describes this in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17. This has been called the Rapture, or catching up to be with Jesus forever. God has promised He would keep believers from the WRATH or Tribulation which begins when Jesus opens the first seal judgment in Revelation 6:1. There are numerous “wrath” verses listed throughout the New Testament.

Three will still be opportunities for those who had not been enlightened before the Rapture to accept Jesus and be saved. (Hebrews 6:4-6). The other side of this is when they do accept Him, they will likely be martyred. The ones who accept the “seal of the beast” will not be given an opportunity for repentance. It will be the same as blaspheming the Holy Spirit or not accepting Jesus, which is the unforgivable sin.

It’s not something God is forcing on anyone. For all who choose to accept Jesus will be saved. All who do not will be condemned. God does not want anyone to fail and be condemned (2 Peter 3:9) but would love ALL to come to repentance. This choice is each individual’s, and God allows us to choose either way There is no third option and both Heaven and Hell are very real. Anyone who tells you different is a false prophet and you don’t want to follow them.

Choose today – tomorrow isn’t promised.

Choose wisely.

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