Bill Stockham | PentecostalTheology.com
[Consequently all of mankind is helpless and guilty; and, as God is no respecter of persons, He declared:] “…all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Rom. 3:23) [The second death, everlasting damnation. Every sinner earns this by LONG, SORE, AND PAINFUL SERVICE. Oh what pains do men take to get to hell! Early and late they labor at sin; and wouldn’t Our Abba Father’s divine justice be in their debt, if it did not pay them their due wages?] “…the wages of sin is death; (Rom. 6:23a) [A man may earn hell, but he cannot earn entrance into heaven. Paul does not say that the wages of righteousness is eternal life: NO, but that this eternal life, even to the righteous, is the gracious, glorious and wonderful GIFT OF GOD!] “…the gift of God is ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23) [We have Jesus Christ before the throne who died for our offenses, and rose again for our justification; and there he makes intercession for us!] “…we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning [reconciliation of God and man through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ] sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD.” (1 John 2:1-2) [What must we do? Just say I’m sorry, from your heart…] “Repent… and be converted [born again] THAT YOUR SINS MAY BE BLOTTED OUT, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ…unto you:” (Acts 3:19-20) [What a beautiful opportunity for us to become God’s children!] “…those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “ABBA, FATHER.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN.” (Rom. 8:13-16) [Now, my daddy is God!] “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are…Dear friends, NOW WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” (1 John 3:1-3)
Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, for we shall see him as he is!
Elizabeth Stevens-Williams [06/03/2015 2:06 AM]
If you repent and be saved!