Signs And Wonders

1 Apr

March 31, 2016

Before i mentioned about how everyone is given a chance to go to Heaven. Everyone is given the opportunity, and it is up to each individual to choose what they will do with their opportunity. Some people will gladly go to Heaven, and others will throw away their opportunity that God gave them. You would think that most people would choose Heaven right away. So i wonder why many people don’t. I realize many people give up their opportunity to go to Heaven because they are non-believers. Scripture tells us the non-believers will not be saved.

Revelation Chapter 21

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

This brings up another good point. That is, the fearful will also be going to the Lake of Fire. Now if people are afraid of God, they need not be, if they are obeying God’s commandments. So these fearful folks are fearful of God because they know they are not keeping God’s commandments. They don’t believe, and they don’t keep the commandments. But they are very afraid that the Word of God is True, because they know they are not keeping it. And they know if it turns out that God’s Word is True, they are going to be spending eternity in suffering and torment, with Satan. That would be a big mistake.

So we know then that the non-believers will be going into the Lake of Fire. Some people curse God and don’t believe in God, and they say to hell with following God. Scripture tells us that if people don’t want God, then He doesn’t want them either. Do we care that some people will choose hell instead of Heaven? There is nothing we can do for them. We care that everyone is given the choice to make for their own. They can do whatever they want with it. Everyone is only concerned with their own choice, not other peoples. Certainly we cannot be responsible for the decisions other folks make. If people choose to spend eternity in hell, that’s their personal choice, and i support everyone being able to make their own free choice.

As we learned about in the story of Lazarus and the rich man who found himself suffering in hell, Abraham tells the rich man in hell that the non-believers on Earth have Moses and the prophets to teach them how to stay out of hell. Abraham tells them that if they don’t hear Moses and the prophets, neither will those non-believers start to believe if a dead person rose back up and told them. Now i find this somewhat interesting. Because it is as though God has said that we are given Moses and the prophets to teach us, and for us to believe. And apparently, according to God, that is enough. In other words, God could do great miracles and signs to make people believe. But He has set it up so that we only have MOses and the Prophets, and that is all we get.

However, sometimes God gives us more than just His Word so that we might believe. God also gives us signs and wonders, and this is to help people believe.

St. Mark Chapter 16

14 ¶ Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19 ¶ So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

We can see that God confirmed the Word, with signs, which helped the people believe the eleven disciples. Some people are given signs and wonders to help them believe, so actually they are given more to believe in than just Moses and the Prophets. If they still don’t believe after God has confirmed His Word with signs and wonders, they may never believe. So again, this is why all we can do is tell people about God. We have no way of knowing what other people choose to believe. It doesn’t concern us. ONly what we choose concerns us.

We know that every man will be judged according to his works.

St. Matthew Chapter 16

27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

People who have had their sins forgiven by God and stopped sinning will not be judged, because they have been forgiven and they remain sin free. Those who are not saved will be judged for all their works, and be sentenced for all their sins. All men are headed to the Lake of Fire without Jesus. Why? Because all have sinned and the wages of sin is death. Only Jesus can save us. If we are judged for our sins, we would surely all perish.

Now we begin to see. We don’t need to fear God. God has invited us to Heaven, and He has provided us a Way. The only thing we need to fear is ourselves. Because God won’t throw us in the Lake of Fire. Satan won’t throw us in the Lake of Fire. People throw them ownselves into the Lake of Fire. If everyone went and jumped off a cliff, would you?

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